Bangladesh Cyclone Joint Appeal

    Press Release
    Sat 24 Nov 2007

    Bangladesh Cyclone Joint Appeal

    The cyclone in Bangladesh has left thousands of people dead and millions homeless. Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) and Muslim Welfare Institute (MWI) are making a joint emergency appeal to relieve the suffering of the Bangladeshi People.

    Relief work has began in various towns and villages across the affected areas of South Bangladesh. Field workers have assessed the situation on the ground and have distributed food, medicine, water tablets and necessary equipment.

    “As with all emergency crises, it is necessary to think of the long term consequences of the cyclone. Phase two of our plan is to rebuild homes, re-establish water systems and provide material for those who have lost their means of sustenance”, said Shaikh Hanif Dudhwala, Secretary of Muslim Welfare Institute.

    An initial £100,000 has been allocated and the appeal aims to raise a further half a million pounds through the assistance of donors, mosques and organisations across the UK.

    “Once again, a calamity has befallen the Ummah. It is a collective responsibility upon us all to assist our fellow brothers and sisters in Bangladesh” said Shaikh Muhammad Ahmad, CEO of Ummah Welfare Trust.

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    Notes to Editors:

       1. Ummah Welfare Trust is an international charity with offices in Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford, Leicester, Luton and representatives across the UK. Online donation address is and hotline is 08456522786 / 01274390396.

       2. Muslim Welfare Institute is a Blackburn based charity, managing short-term & long-term welfare, relief, educational, medical & rehabilitation projects in developing countries such as Albania, Bangladesh & India.

    For further info contact:

    UWT Head Office

    351 Derby St
    Bolton, BL3 6LR
    T: 01204 383732

    Muslim Welfare Institute

    35 Wellington Street St. Johns
    Blackburn, BB1 8AF
    T: 01254 694015