My name is Ladan Khalaf, I’m from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I’ve been challenging myself to complete a humanitarian project every Ramadan that goes beyond myself. The Prophet Muhammad (saws) peace be upon him, said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity” (Al-Tirmidhi).
Since my first charity last year for Syria. I dedicated the cause to countries that have been overlooked and are in need. I decided to start The Yemen Project this April after finally being fed up with myself in all honestly. It took one last video of a family sitting malnourished and with pain in their eyes to make me at least try to do something, rather than sit knowing and doing nothing. As a Muslim, it should be felt amongst the whole community when one goes hungry, especially when we are blessed with full stomachs. The situation in Yemen also hasn’t been covered by Canadian media very much, even though the civil war has ravaged the country in poverty, starvation, and a Chlorella epidemic. The Yemen Project plans to raise $4000 by the end of Ramadan, God willing. Since I’m not on the frontlines, I decided to donate all the money raised to Islamic Relief Canada, who is working on their Yemen Appeal to provide food and help to the Yemeni people.
Although a small project, I always believe any effort, big or small, is essential. Apathy can numb us from any action, but breaking through that barrier can bring change to our fellow brothers and sisters. If even one person is positively affected by our efforts, we are successful.
The GoFundMe for The Yemen Project can be found here.