In the former Soviet region of Central Asia, many young nations are working
to fortify new democracies and restore their cultural and religious heritage.
As Central Asian leaders pave new roads for their society, the people
continue to struggle against natural dangers, poverty, and the technological
disadvantages of developing nations.
- In 2001,
MWC initiated what has become an ongoing campaign for Central Asia.
To date, we have conducted several independent efforts to supply local
hospitals with much-needed medical equipment and materials.
- In April
2001, MWC Executive Director Dr. Tasneem Firdaus Shamim personally delivered
over $10,000US worth in opthamological supplies to Tashkent University
- In November
2001, MWC delivered over $150,000US in general hospital supplies, collected
in large part from American Muslim women in the medical profession.
- Most recently,
MWC delivered over $180,000US in emergency medical supplies to address
the severe drought suffered by the people of the Aral Sea region.
continues to be a target for MWCs relief efforts. For more information
on our campaigns and how you can help, please visit our Web site at www.mwcoalition.org.
If you are a health professional, please read our detailed Needs
Assessment for Cemtral Asia (2002).
conditions of the refugee camps in Afghanistan and drought-stricken
regions of Central Asia recur repeatedly as people are forced to
endure hardship and times of crisis. Diseases like malaria and typhoid
are characteristic, and children are always the greatest sufferers
in such times. You can help us prepare. MWC is currently collecting
dry infant formula and other first-aid supplies.
see How You Can Help.
The Muslim Womens Coalition is building bridges with indigent populations
every day. Being on the ground affords us the personal contact and flexibility
we need to truly address the issues faced by people in need. In Mysore,
India, MWC has established an educational institute called Turabi
Manzil, designed to provide low-income women and children with training
and technical skills to help them thrive in the evolving Indian economy.
Turabi Manzil was made possible with the cooperation of Azam Baithul Maal
and the Mysore Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (MESCO).
In 2001, thousands of Afghans were displaced by the war against the Taliban.
Safely relocated in refugee camps in Northern Afghanistan, the Afghans were
soon beset by hunger, illness, and risk of exposure. Afghan children were
quickly identified by the worlds relief community as being at particular
danger under camp conditions.
In response to the emerging crisis, MWC launched a nationwide fundraising
campaign in order to purchase the blankets, sanitary and medical supplies
of greatest need to the refugees. In collaboration with the Uzbekistan Red
Crescent Society, which had exclusive access to deliver supplies through
the Friendship Bridge with Afghanistan, we were able to provide over $200,000US
in emergency medical supplies to the suffering refugees.
MWC is happy to have been able to aid the Afghans in their time of need.
With your support, we can respond more quickly and more effectively in times
of crisis. Please read How You Can Help, at the end of this