By: Jen Hayden
Positive news for Detroit residents on the verge of having their water shut off:
Two Muslim organizations are donating $100,000 to provide assistance to Detroit residents facing water shutoffs or recovering from recent flooding.
The Michigan Muslim Community Council has partnered with Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim charity organization in the country, to help thousands of households at risk of having their water shut off. The grant will be divided between the Detroit Water Fund, United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Wayne Metro Community Council.
The organizations are hoping to encourage others to follow suit:
“We are hoping this is going to be contagious,” Anwar Khan, CEO of Islamic Relief USA, said in a statement. “The most important thing we have is not our money, it’s our energy and our enthusiasm, and it’s our people. … Also, it is important to us in our faith to help our neighbors. It is a part of our faith to help our friends.”
An estimated 20,000 Yarmouk residents are currently drinking contaminated water as the UN warns it may decrease food aid to Syria as funds fall short
Activists say water has not been delivered to Yarmouk refugee camp outside of Damascus for at least 10 days (AFP)
The lives of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp are in jeopardy after the Syrian government has failed to provide drinking water for at least ten days, an activist in the camp said on Thursday.