CBMC Covid-19 Response – Immediate assistance for Canada & Bangladesh

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Dear friends of CBMC,

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

We hope each of you is safe and healthy. Like you, we are quite worried about the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world and Canada.
As of April 12th, Canada has 24,292 confirmed cases with 713 deaths; while Ottawa has 561 confirmed cases and 11 deaths.
Canada Bangladesh Muslim Community (CBMC), in addition to the regular prayers to Almighty for the grace of healing and protection, is attempting to do its best within its limited capacity.

CBMC’s Executive Committee has begun to raise money to respond to the crisis in its own humble way to the extent possible. Despite being in isolation and having to follow quarantine measures strictly, CBMC’s Team will be launching the following projects:

(1) Immediate fast tracked donations to destitute impacted people in Bangladesh who are no longer able to earn a living wage. We have our reliable partner Mr. Taher [Surovi] on the ground who will make verifiable donations of food packets to needy families. Just $10 can feed a family for a week! Now is the time to stand by these people. Our executive committee has already raised $1800 internally and will send this money in installments swiftly over the next few days.

(2) In collaboration with our long standing partnership with Human Concern International, we would like to financially support HCI with their planned local efforts related to COVID-19.

(3) Information / Referral services rendered Virtual/Online for any assistance, specifically for application to government benefits like CERB, business loans, wage subsidies, etc. We have experts within the committee and can also refer to other organizations in Ottawa, as appropriate.

This is where you, our patrons, come in to play a pivotal role by responding to our appeal at this extraordinary time to “do your bit” in an uncertain future. You might recall, recently we have informed you that we have already canceled all our upcoming programs, including our Annual Iftar Mahfeel. We thought it would be wonderful if we could channel the money that we generally raise during Ramadam for Iftar to the present urgent needs of the community. Since you are a contributor to our Iftar Mahfeel, we are requesting you to make a donation that would enable us to undertake some of the activities we have outlined above. Through Human Concern International, our partner, upon your request we would make arrangements for a tax credit for your donation.
You can also designate your zakat funds to our initiative, and we will mark them for zakat allocation to the destitute Muslims in Bangladesh through our reliable agents.

Please think about it, spread the word around, and help CBMC reach its goal through your generous contribution. We are hoping that you too are feeling the same – utterly hapless with a strong sense of “doing something” at this crisis. Your prompt and positive response to our appeal is the key to our success.

Anyone requiring assistance can contact ottawacbmc@gmail.com or via Facebook messenger from https://www.facebook.com/CBMCOttawa/
Anyone wishing to make donations can send e-transfer to the following executive committee members –
Sohel Ahmed – sohel411@gmail.com
Tarek Ali – tarek.ali@gmail.com
Please indicate your preferred donation – Bangladesh or Canada or open, zakat or sadaqa.
Please also provide your email address and phone number in a separate email to the donation recipient.

We shall keep you posted on specific details and outcomes of our programs as we move forward. In the meantime, stay safe. All the best.

Yours sincerely,

Executive Committee
Canada Bangladesh Muslim Community
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