Barking Muslim women donate hampers to refuge
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 April 2016
A group of Muslim ladies have donated 57 hampers of food and toiletries to women's refuges to try and help those in need get a fresh start.
The Barking branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association joined forces with groups in Redbridge and Walthamstow to hand over the provisions to a pair of local refuges on Thursday.
Part of a nationwide Ahmadiyya campaign, From Lajna with Love, group member Siemah Ahmad, 37, hopes the packages will help make a difference to the lives of women forced to leave home.
“We’re a Muslim organisation so it’s really, really important for us to take care of our neighbours, so we try and help those around us who are suffering,” she said.
“The women [in the refuges] may have fled their homes and need a lot of help and support, and may not have been able to take any belongings.
“It’s only a start but hopefully the hampers can help them out on the road to a new life.”
The group meets every Sunday in Gascoigne Community Hall, in St Ann’s, from 6.30pm and also holds workshops during the week.