You all donated the funds to make this project possible. We promised you an update at the end of each month, and we always keep our word here at muzmatch!
It’s all starting to take shape 😍
This month some exciting changes have been made to the school building - we now have walls!
After months of working on strengthening the foundations to ensure they can carry the weight of the school, we are so pleased to see that the ground floor of the school is in construction.
“The walls around us bear witness to lives past and present”- Jose Parla
It’s coming up to a year now since last Ramadan, which is when we asked you all to help us build this muzmatch school. In just a short amount of time we’ve been able to make some amazing progress on the school, despite all the challenges we’ve faced (mainly the pandemic) Alhamdullillah. Soon enough we’ll be changing the lives of children together ❤️
Insh'allah Allah will allow us to see the next Ramadan, and allow us to help change lives in a different way this year, Ameen.
Join us in a months time for the next school update, and stay tuned to hear more about our next Ramadan charity project
The focus of the past month has been on backfilling the foundations. This is a crucial step and it involves replacing the soil that had been removed during excavations, to strengthen the foundations.
It may feel like not much has changed since last month, but these changes make all the difference to the safety of the building. It ensures the weight of the school can be carried, so that the school is a safe place for students and will last for years to come.
Next month we expect to see some exciting changes to the school. We’ll be moving on from the foundations Insh’Allah and will begin work on the school building from above the ground! The formation of the school will really start to take off as the bricks will be laid up to the lintel beams (a structure that is placed across doors and windows). Join us next month to see this and more.
In November we showed you that the construction of our muzmatch school had finally begun, with the foundations being built in (scroll down to find out more). Throughout December more work was done on the foundations, with bricks being laid to strengthen and shape the foundations.
You can really see the school starting to take shape!
Progress was a little slow this month due to some heavy rain, however the team kept going and the construction is on schedule Alhamdulillah.
Join us next month to see the next steps in the formation of the muzmatch school!
We matched your donations last year and raised a total of $166,000 to build a school for needy children. We promised you updates on our school project in Pakistan. Here it is! The foundations for our new muzmatch school are being built.
Alhamdulillah we are pleased to announce that the process of building the school has begun. So far, we have begun laying out the foundations on which the school will be built upon. This is a very crucial stage as it ensures the weight of the school building will be safely distributed, preventing any issues in the future Insh'Allah.
It’s really happening, and it’s all thanks to your generosity! As a reminder, this is what the school is expected to look like once complete:
Over the years, muzmatch has been involved in many small scale charities, however back in Ramadan this year we decided to embark on something much bigger. Something that will continue to improve the lives of others for many years to come Insh’Allah. We decided to partner up with the READ foundation - a charity that specialises in sustainable and emergency education - and build a school from scratch for the needy children in Bhimber, Pakistan. Giving thousands of children a chance at having an education.
At the start of Ramadan we launched our fundraising campaign for the muzmatch school. Using a novel approach, we built an in-app donation screen, so that our members could both find a spouse and give Zakat during the month of Ramadan.
In the last 10 days of Ramadan (the most holy period) we also introduced “muzmatches”, where we as a company matched all of your donations. With a target of raising $100,000, we expected it to take about a year, but together as a community, we managed to smash it and raise $166,000 in less than 30 days!
Building a school is so special to us as it’s a well known fact that a basic education can completely change someone's life. Infact, a study found that just one extra school year can increase an individual's income by 10%. By giving these children basic reading skills, there’s a chance we can give them a much brighter future, Insh’Allah.
For more information on what we did and why, check out these videos:
Quite a few months have passed since we raised the money, and we’re sure you’re eager to find out what’s been happening with the school since then. We promised you right from the start that we aim to be 100% transparent with you, and to keep you updated on the progress we make with this school. We want you to see first hand what your generous donations are going towards.
At the end of each month we aim to update you on the progress our school is making, so you can follow the journey to completion Insh'Allah.
Make sure to check back in at the end of next month for the next update!