Dear colleagues and friends,

2020 has revealed for us what we’ve always known; that we get through crises by showing up and fighting for one another. We are grateful for the community of women we’ve built over more than a decade. Our women have worked with us to ensure that we can rapidly deploy emergency family grants, provide fresh and culturally literate groceries, and ensure that digital divide challenges don’t leave our children behind through online tutoring and one-to-one support for families in need. 

As the year comes to a close, we’re reaching out to our beautiful village of allies and members to help support the Baraka and Bilal Catering program. This will be our first year participating in the #GivingTuesday tradition. We hope you can join us in supporting our catering program which provides fresh and culturally literate meals to our community and is a means of earning an income for our women and girls who participate in the program.

We have set a goal of raising $10,000 by the end of the year to help purchase supplies for our kitchen and provide technical support and equipment as we make the switch to take our cooking courses and demonstrations online.

Please join us by making a donation this #GivingTuesday. Your generous contribution will help sustain the Bilal and Baraka program. Please reach out to Miriam Adam, Baraka and Bilal Program Manager at miriam@uweast.org to register!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership


Sahra Abdi, Executive Director