Two Manchester based faith charities have come together to support more people across the city. Human Appeal, a Muslim-faith based humanitarian aid charity and Christian-faith based charity, Barnabus, have been working together on a number of projects.
Reaching more people in need is just one of the reasons for the collaboration. Mr Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal explains, “By joining together with Barnabus we hope to get the message out that we can only make the world a better place if we all work together, regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.”
Working together, the two charities have been providing clothing and food for homeless people in Manchester. Human Appeal volunteers were at Barnabus from 1am on Tuesday 21st June to sponsor a breakfast and handover non-food items. “Our volunteers show great determination, compassion and charity by fasting from food and water, but giving those items to others. Despite misconceptions about Muslim-faith based charities, Human Appeal help everyone, everywhere, regardless of faith, regardless of location,” Mr Moqbel said.
In an attempt to increase community cohesion and understanding, Human Appeal and the Myriad Foundation held an event in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester on Saturday 2nd July, where the charity’s staff and volunteers ended their day of fasting by sharing hot food and drinks with some of Manchester’s homeless population.
Mr Moqbel added, “We have been helping people at home and abroad for 25 years and, as long as there are people in need, we will be there to help them for another 25, 50, 100 years. However long it takes, until we can eradicate desperation, wherever it may be.”