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Council of Dar Al Qur'an Al Karim Wa Sunnah (DQWS) sends their most sincere regards to Viva Palestina - Malaysia, and highly value your efforts in supporting Qurban Meat Project – 1434 A.H. which helped to put a smile on the faces of poor and needy family in these holy days.
God bless you,
Dar Al Qur'an Al Karim Wa Sunnah Chairman
Dr. Abdurrahman Yousof Al Jamal
VPM's contribution funded 2 cows which were acquired from The Islamic Institution – Jabalia (ISJ), each cow weighted about 480 Kilogram and cost USD3,000 per cow. The cows were carefully checked to make sure they match Islamic Shari'a Qurban rules.
The project targeted 300 Qur'an Memorizing Groups' teachers (Mohafiz) who come from needy families of some poor background. Meat shares were equally distributed between both genders around Gaza Strip to all 14 branches of DQWS. 300 Kilograms of pure meat were given away to beneficiaries each receiving 1.5 Kilogram.
Some of the most successful projects by VPM to create sustainability in Gaza are the micro-financing projects. VPM contributes between USD500-1,000 to eligible business owners for their start-ups. VPM's representative monitors these projects and so far, Alhamdulillah, most, if not all of these projects have been successful.
Below are some of the projects: Ahmed Abu Shaban with his Breeding and Sale of Poultry business, this business has enabled him to support a family of 10; Islam S. Dahman with his mechanic workshop, he is now able to get married after opening this business; Youssef A. Al Shrafi with his shop and he supports a family of 8 from this business; Fayzah A. Al Ashqar with her tailoring business, she is a widow and supports her family; Moneer. M Dahrooj with his sheep breeding business and he will start to sell the sheep for the upcoming Eid Al Adha; Mahmoud M. Abed Al Rhman with his blacksmith workshop, he is now able to support his family with this business.
Heartwarming stories from 2 of our beneficieries to show our kind donors how useful and effective their donations have been:
Project: Mobile shop
Name: Sameh F. Ziyarah
Amount of loan: $ 1000.
He is a young man in the beginning of twenties, he draw this cute smile in his face when he was seeing me entering his small shop, before I entered the shop, I saw 3 men were dealing to buy some accessories for mobiles, I introduced myself to him, then I started asking him some questions that will help me in evaluating and mentoring his micro project.
He told me that he knew about the project of “ Hallal loan “ from advertisement, he called the families development society (FDS) and asked them how he can apply, I visited the FDS and I applied for loan by small project to developing mobile shop, after one month FDS called me and visited me in my shop, also they visited me in my home and checked my social and economic situation, I didn’t think they will call me again, but it is Allah wanting , they called me and told me that I got loan from kind people in Malaysia.
After I got the fund, I started in buying what I need for my shop ,now anybody want any accessory for his mobile he can find it in my shop, a lot of customers are dealing with me.
On other hand my family feel so happy now, because our income fairlyincrease, this will make me to pay for my family needing, also to pay for loan payments, and I think $ 50 is suitable amount for pay every month.
Project Name: sewing shop
Name: Faezah Al Ashkar,
Amount of loan: $ 800
She said “ I have been working on sewing machine since 36 years , I used to work in my house to help my husband in our house income, but after I became a widow the responsibility was increased, I have 5 sons with 2 daughter , the middle son has been traveling to Europe to work there, but unfortunately the news from him stopped and we didn’t know anything about him since 6 years “ she spoke with Shedding tears” , after than I forced to tack care of my son’s family “ his wife with his children “, I told myself if I will continue working in my house, my work and my income will still weak, so I thought to open small shop near my house by borrowing some money from some friends and relatives, I started my small project but it need raw material , so when I heard from my friends that there is women organization give you Halal loan without hard restrictions, I directly visited FDS, and they helped me in applying for my projects, they visited my home and evaluated me situation, after 1 month they called me to sign the agreement for receiving the loan.
Directly I bought the needed raw material,I started my work by “ renewing the old dresses and selling it again or designing and sewing for customers, and Al Hamdulelh my work developed and I pay the loan payments in progress way, the only problem that I faced is the cutting off the electricity, but it is public problem in Gaza so Allah Al mustaan.
I would like to thank all brothers and sisters who donated for this charity project in Malaysia, and may Allah accept from them “.
The Form 4 Students from Sekolah Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Pekan donated to VPM for the 'Back to School Project'. The donation ceremony was held on 9 September 2013 at the school and the donation was presented by YM Tuan Zakaria Tuan Muda on behalf of the Principal, Encik Addullah Musa. The Form 4 students had conducted various inhouse activities to raise the funds. These activities included sales of food and drinks, recycled papers, Merdeka sales, selling of book marks and so on. VPM would like to thank the students and may the Almighty reward them for their efforts and generosity.
VPM is helping poor children go back to school by funding their schoolbag with stationary and notebooks and their uniform and shoes. Please help us to help them. See attached poster for details.
As at 6 September, VPM has sent a total of USD 13,500 to fund 300 school bags complete with stationaries, notebooks, shoes and unifroms. They have been bought and distributed. Thank you to all the generous donors and may you be blessed by the Almighty. Please watch the short video clip of the children thanking you for your generosity with such joy on their faces.
We are still in need of more funds for more bags as our target is for 1,000 school bags.
VPM had raised funds through collections at Mutiara International Grammar School and others and had used the fund to purchase emergency rechargeable lamps to be distributed to poor families in Gaza. VPM had sent USD8,000 for the rechargeable lamp project in Khan younis for 450 poor families. Our coordinator in Gaza managed to negotiate a good price and we had a balance of USD 1165 so we bought another 75 lamps and distributed to poor families in 2 other areas called Shaik Ridwan and Beach Camp.
The Miko Peled talks attracted a colourful audience and wide press coverage. If you missed I am afraid you missed big time. Many were touched and moved and some shed a tear or two of his personal journey to unravel the politics in Palestine, its people and its stories.
Myths and lies were debunked and he laid bare the hypocrisy and misinformation prevalent in the Zionist controlled western media.
Truly a courageous and brave man to pursue the truth despite being brought up in a dense "Zionist ambience" – his granddad a co-signatory of the Israeli Declaration of Independence on 14 May 1948 and his dad a general in the 1967 war when Israeli invaded and annexed Gaza, West Bank, Golan Heights and Sinai. And his quest for authenticity persisted despite losing his niece to suicide bombings in 1997.
His book the The General's Son was sold out – autographed personally by Miko.
"The World will never be FREE until Palestine is FREE" – Nelson Mandela
Dr Musa MN
VPM has disbursed USD 75,000 (or EURO 56,300 equivalent to RM238,000) enough to fund 1,500 food baskets. To ensure a more equitable distribution, VPM had asked that the food baskets be distributed to various charities throughout Gaza as follows:
Thank you to all our generous donors. May every sen you contributed bring joy to the famalies in Gaza and abundant reward to you from the Almighty.
Ramzy Baroud ran the Seattle Marathon on 25 November 2012 on behalf of Viva Palestina Malaysia to raise funds for our women's micro financing project in Gaza.
21 Families have benefited from this USD20,000 donation drive. which was disbursed to various Micro Financing Projects in Northern Gaza Strip.
On 2 June 2013 the Family & Development Society held a course to 21 beneficiaries on how to make their micro Finance Projects a success.
Dear all my friends,
It was my pleasure coming to Malaysia. Meeting you , all the members of Viva Palestina. I was excited to meet the people in Malaysia. Here is the first camera I get from you. I give it as gift from Viva Palestina, the Malaysian people to this Hamza Burnt. Hamza started to shoot the demonstrations in the village and other villages before, more than one year. He shoot still picture , but he was arrested, because he was taking pictures of the Israeli army using violence against Palestinians, he spent 9 month in jail, after 9 month he was released to his home in my village Bil'in. I meet him I told him don't give up, it important we continue our struggle and your part is to keep filming, so I promised him to give him video camera. So with your support Viva Palestine, we got the camera and I gave to him. We need your support Viva Palestina to continue our projects in the village and Palestine.
Producer and co-director of 5 Broken Cameras
24 May 2013
The recently concluded Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival (17-19 May @ GSC Pavilion) was a success by any measure. The movies screened over the three days left an indelible impression on its viewers.
"Five Broken Camera" & "Lemon Tree" which depicted day light robbery of Palestinian lands, burning of olive trees, chopping of lemon trees, killings, arrests and intimidations were clear favorites leaving many patrons shaken by its inhumanity and cruelty but determined to do more for the victims.
KLPFF met its two objectives; raising awareness regarding the Palestinian struggle and much needed funds for our projects. All the kind contributions in making this event a success cannot be overstated and we would like to record our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who contributed and helped in some way or another.
The funds raised during this festival we hope will in some way alleviate the harsh and dire living conditions in Palestine.
Mini bus and car recently fnded by VPM for the tahfiz school and Centre for Political and Development Studies (CPDS).
17 April is the Palestinian Prisoners' Day and on this day, the book, The Prisoners' Diaries - Pelestinian voices from the Israeli Gulag is released. This book was compiled and edited by VPM Treasurer, Norma Hashim and it is dedicated to Samer Issawi and all Palestinian Prisoners, past, present and future.
The book is a compilation of 22 Palestinian prisoners' experience in Israeli jails.
To purchase the book or to read more, vist the blog: http://theprisonersdiaries.blogspot.com/
Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM) first collaborated with the Ministry of Information, Communication & Culture through the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) to stage the very successful inaugural Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival from 4th – 6th February 2012 (KLPFF2012).
KLPFF2013 is a follow on from KLPFF2012 which not only succeeded in generating RM2 million in funds from both the public and the Ministry of Education, it was able to reach an audience largely not exposed to the realities of the humanitarian crisis in Palestine.
Our close collaboration with the Ministry has enabled us to showcase a film festival of international quality in the Asia-Pacific which we hope would remain a regular feature in our mainstreaming of the Palestine cause.
The objectives of the festival are twofold:
1. to create awareness about the Palestinian struggle through cinema; and
2. to raise funds for VPM's ongoing projects in Gaza.
This year the funds raised from the festival will be channeled to:
1. Rehabilitation of the agricultural sector in the Gaza Strip
2. Equipping a Paediatric Surgical Referral Centre for the Gaza Strip
Bringing together film makers from France and Britain among others, these movies juxtapose the complexity with the simplicity of the life of a Palestinian. The films reflect the legendary spirit of an entire people that stays unbroken in spite of over sixty years of brutal occupation. It is about ordinary people living extraordinary lives.
Mutiara International Grammar School initiated a school charity drive from 25 Feb – 1 Mar 2013 to promote awareness on the plight of the Palestinians. The fundraising campaign is aimed to facilitate the safe, healthy and educational development of Palestinian children to study, socialize and develop skills that would be useful throughout their lives.
The talk was hugely successful in that it truly spread the awareness amongst the children. And, that awareness drove them to make generous contributions towards the Palestinina Fund. The total collection amounted to RM15,000. Thank you MIGS fro your generosity.