Eden Care, Muslim Burial Fund, Emergency Aid & Sylhet Aid launched 18 months ago and has created a seismic impact in the community within a very short period of time.
Under the banner of 13 Rivers Trust each project has gone from strength to strength. The project commenced in January 2015 with a zero budget and with total dependency on volunteers. With the dedication of the many individuals involved the groundbreaking grassroots programme has blossomed – going from strength to strength.
Project manager Abu Mumin said: “We started in January 2015 with no funding but just a vision and total dependency on volunteers and their time. Since then we have achieved amazing results as Eden Care befriending service, the Muslim Burial Fund and Emergency Aid have successfully made huge differences to the lives of needy individuals. Every volunteer has played a crucial role in the success of the organisation to date.”
Over the last 18 months, over 35 volunteers have registered and supported the organisation to deliver services – From visiting the sick, to burying the needy, to gifting wheelchairs to the disabled. Volunteers have also travelled to Greece to support refugees.
On Sunday volunteers came together to celebrate their achievements and recognise the impact of this contribution in enabling the organisation to reach its goal. 35 volunteers were recognised for their time, effort and contribution of which 4 volunteers received awards for their exceptional contribution.
Taheya Ayazi – Eden Care Befriender of the year 2016. She received her award for outstanding contribution to visiting terminally ill people, supporting and advocating for them.
Ahad Miah – Muslim Burial Fund Volunteer of the year 2016. He was recognised for his significant contribution to helping needy individuals and families with burials. He has visited service users reaching the end of their, often life late at night as part of the Eden Care emergency service.
Hamida Rahman Chowdhury – Volunteer of the year 2016 for her outstanding contribution to all the programmes. Her compassion and hard work have helped many needy individuals.
Shanaz Rashid – Volunteer of the year 2016 for her outstanding contribution to all the programmes. Shanaz is a valued talent in the community and has contributed both strategically and with hands on project work. Her passion & hard work was clear for all to see during the recent Lesvos aid mission.
The Management Committee members who are local volunteers were also recognised for their support in providing strategic direction and overseeing the management of the organisation.
Volunteer of the year Shanaz Rashid said: “The last 18 months have been an amazing journey for many of the volunteers who have become close friends and contributed to the development of communities in the UK and across the world.
“We hope our organisation continues to grow to serve the needy people and for that we will prioritise in investing in volunteers who are the backbone of this organisation.”
Eden Care would like to reserve a big thank you to the following for their ongoing support:
Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad
Muktar Ahmed Mizan
Sufian Lazarus Sinclair