Students & Staff of Universal School Assisting Pakistan Relief
By Sahar Al-Najjar Universal School
Not too long ago, a major catastrophe happened in Pakistan which hit all the Muslim communities hard. The 2010 Pakistan Flood began in July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains in many regions of the country. Approximately one fifth of Pakistan’s total land area was underwater. According to the Pakistani government data, the floods directly affected twenty million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure, with a death toll of close to 2,000.
With the assistance of the IMAN Club, Universal School students, staff, and parents took an immediate action with the thought of helping our fellow brothers and sisters in this desperate time of need. With much appreciation to Ms. Benameur, who helped us partner up with the Community Builders organization, which made it possible for Universal to carry out this event. We started by fundraising money to raise awareness of the Pakistani Flood. Then almost immediately after, the IMAN Club explained the importance of this cause and urged each individual in every class to bring at least one box filled with blanket, towels, insect repellent, dry food items and many other supplies that could be of aid to the Pakistani Flood victims. Alhamdulillah, with our hearts open, and with our dedication, we were able to collect and pack over three hundred boxes which were shipped to help the Flood Victims of Pakistan. Pakistan International agreed to send the boxes to the country free of cost. The victims of the Pakistan flood are our brothers and sisters in Islam, and we continue to keep them in our hearts, duaa’s, and prayers every day. May Allah (S.W.T) shower His blessings upon those in need and upon all Muslims.