❝Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah (SWT) covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers… In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds) and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves.❞
In environments that are highly susceptible to pollution, poor nutrition and prenatal care, birth defects such as physical abnormalities are an unfortunately common reality.
Such was the case for Amal, a two-year-old Sudanese infant born with a cleft palate, as well as extra digits in both hands and feet. For most children in her circumstances, these defects often guarantee one a life of ostracization and difficulty finding suitors for marriage as an adult. With IMANA’s care, however, Amal received a new smile and a renewed chance at life.
Brought to IMANA’s SaveSmile project in Sudan, Amal joined among 150 other patients who often travel from far distances just to seek the cleft procedure. Open for one week annually, the project serves to provide as many surgeries to the community as possible, with each procedure taking as little as 30 minutes to complete. In this environment, every second matters.
As a result of her treatment, little Amal is now able to live a life where she won’t have to be defined by her physical ailments when confronting the world. A life that includes being able to overcome her circumstances, free of shame and ignominy
In areas that don’t just lack access to specialized procedures, but access to healthcare and medicine in general, it is no understatement to say that every little bit helps. As one staff member recalled, over 1000 patients would gather each week, both locally and from other towns, simply to receive the most basic of medical care.
“Many walked a day or more to get to the clinic. Once they got there, many had to wait in line for hours. The lines started forming at 3am and the clinic wasn’t able to open until 8 that morning,” the staff member told us.
“Everyone was extremely interested to learn new things to protect their health, including how to properly wash their hands and promote personal hygiene. It was very impactful.”
When 11 year-old Nadda walked into IMANA’s Yemeni clinic with her family of internally displaced refugees, physicians were desperately notified that one of the members was suffering from complications of diabetes. Instinctively, our volunteers began checking the mother for overt symptoms, all before the family clarified that it was in fact little Nadda who had developed the illness and was feeling increasingly weak as a result.
In a country suffering from unending conflicts, including humanitarian and health crises, it is unfortunately extremely common that many internally displaced residents lack access to basic healthcare. With IMAN’s ServeYemen mission, many of those living in refugee camps—who would otherwise go untreated—are given a chance at a healthy future.
Since 2019, IMANA has reached over 800 vulnerable patients, all conducted within week-long missions. None of this, of course, could be possible without your help
The reward of any deed in Ramadan is multiplied by 700. Now imagine Laylatul Qadr.
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months,” (Qur’an, 97:3)
So you can focus on yourself in the last ten days, let us handle your giving. Schedule your donations now, so you don’t have to worry about missing Laylatul Qadr.