Taking Initiative – Hearts4Humanity


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By Jinan Chehade from Chicago
Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Last year, I talked about how we, as young Muslim Americans, are capable of taking initiative and turning the wheels of change because of the harsh climate we were raised in. The need for our generation to take initiative in any humanitarian cause, especially Yemen, has never been more imperative than it is today.

Although Yemen does not receive much coverage, it has been deemed as one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. It is difficult to express the tragedy in Yemen with mere statistics but, to put it perspective, a child dies in Yemen every 20 minutes. Approximately 7 million people are severely malnourished and 370,000 children are on the brink of starvation. With the new halt on refugees from Yemen, these families have nowhere to flee and are left to die. There is absolutely no more time to waste; the time to act is now.

Alhamdulillah, last year’s Hearts4Humanity campaign for Syria was a huge success! This year, with the involvement of almost every single MAS chapter, it’s going to be more LIT than ever. We decided to challenge ourselves a little on this one and make our goal $100,000! We cannot reach this goal without your help! There are various ways for everyone to get involved: hold an event on campus, share the event page, or simply donate. These actions may be nothing but a minute to you, but they may be life or death to a child in Yemen.

I shall end with this quote by Malcolm X, “I am not educated, nor am I an expert in any particular field but I am sincere, and my sincerity is my credentials.You do not have to be a highly educated, well-known figure to change the world; you just have to care.

This is how we resist.

This is how we stand together.  

This is how we fight for each other.

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