Mission To Africa 2015
Before the Mission
After the Mission
Guiding our youth to a right path in their life experience through serving others,
learning through volunteering the different projects and activities we do and to become
the best public speakers/servers for their community at large and for the world.
Funds Raised: $9,830.
A solar power well in a village called Kitonga in Dar es Salaam – Tanzania, East Africa.
The Story of Bilkis Al-Haddad and Qamer Foundation
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My name is Bilkis Al-Haddad, but for most people, I am known as Billy or Sister Bilkis. I was born, raised and educated in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and when I married, I moved to the Middle East. In 1997 we immigrated to Canada, as we felt that living in Canada would provide opportunities for our two children, Qamer and Mohammed.
We moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, and Allah blessed me with two more children, Ahmed and Nabil. As I began to settle into raising my two sons, little did I know that this temporary bliss would soon be shattered. On the morning of July 20, 2002, a fire burned down our house completely. I was at work that Saturday morning serving water to patients, yet, I could not save my own children who were in the house. I lost three of my children: Qamer, (thirteen years); Ahmed (three years) and Nabil (two years old). I know Qamer and Mohammed tried saving their two brothers, but God chose to take three of my children; none of them escaped the fire, except my beloved son Mohammed who was then twelve years, who survived by climbing out of the window onto the roof.
This year, 2015, it will be thirteen years since that fateful day, but somehow God gives the strength and patience to continue onwards. Everyday I look at my children’s faces and know that God has put them in a better place, and I trust God in everything He does; He alone has given me the faith to keep moving and a reason for living. I feel I am here for a purpose, and that purpose is to serve our youth and to help them become their optimal best. In 2004, I founded the Qamer Foundation, (QF) an organization dedicated to serving our youth. I consider all youth and orphans like my children, and this is an immense blessing gifted by Allah.
QF has since grown to include many diverse projects. We have assisted and raised funds for international disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti, the draught in Somalia; helped people in war-torn countires like Gaza, Kurdistan, Iraq; have helped a young man in Tanga who is paralyzed neck down; provided a hospital clinic with medical supplies; we have built a solar power well for the children of Kitonga; and have sponsored about thirty-four orphans in Tanzania.
Our youth are the pillars for Qamer Foundation; QF tries to provide the necessary training and experiences that will encourage and enable youth to become efficient leaders through public speaking and through volunteering for different projects, conferences and activities. They are at the forefront of all the fundraising that we do every year. By the grace of God, this year, in August 2015, QF will be taking about twenty volunteers on a Mission Trip to Tanzania, where they will experience first hand the difficult situations that some of our fellow brothers and sisters live in on a daily basis.
I want to conclude by including a poem written by one of our QF volunteers, Faduma Gure, a young talented woman who is currently pursuing her Masters in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
Poem: Qamer Foundation
Beneath its crescent and twinkling stars
a mother’s dream to heal her scars
to give the world what she had lost
and travel far, at all costs
their light had burned out much too soon
their souls returned that afternoon,
to the tune of sadness and much disarray
at the swiftness in witness of such a fateful day
yet this sadness inspired
a passion, desire
a fire, ignited to
build strength inside her
acquire the skills to push youth to aspire
to follow their dreams and serve all of mankind
born to this earth to which all are confined
reminded our fates are all intertwined
and that God remains watchful in this limited time
a woman and a mission, intentions and prayers
and the strength to continue through her difficult affairs
sparked an idea to change hundreds of lives
and involve a community in support of this drive
volunteers came and volunteers went
spending their hours collecting their cents
pennies in bottles would soon become wells
for communities who could now bid their thirst farewell
community dinners and fundraisers alike
bus rides to conferences to enrich our minds
support crossing borders to countries inflicted
by famine and bloodshed to which aid was restricted
our t-shirts worn proudly in the streets, in our homes
to show our support to those beyond our abode
yet too, to our neighbours, our families and friends
whose encouragement and love have gone to no end
know that God never burdens beyond one’s own means
and His trials are soon to be followed with ease
that His reward for intention is lasting and true
His assistance in matters is beyond what we can do
in Qamer Foundation lies a story for all
And through these experiences we can recall
That success must be sought, with patience and yearned
Until it can so rightfully be earned
A woman and her mission can be sometimes enough
And with God’s assistance
Push youth to be tough, persevere
And acknowledge the work to be done
To reach a finish line we are surely far from
May God bless all those who with each step they take
Assist those in need and for solely His sake
~ Faduma Gure