Karim was a young and ambitious Muslim who came to Australia as a migrant with high hopes of starting a new and successful life. Being a new migrant, he didn’t have much access to government support yet but he did what he could to get started. Karim found a job at Uber as a driver, and he was able to save up just enough from one pay check to another to maintain his daily expenses.
On one unfortunate day at work, Karim’s car was involved in a car accident which cost him his license and his job. With no income to maintain his rent and food, Karim was evicted from the rental property and had resorted to sleeping in the streets or on park benches while relying on the kindness of strangers to keep him going. One day, he met a brother who learnt all about his situation and immediately got Karim in touch with NZF.
Our team at NZF assessed his situation and provided the help he needed. Using Zakat, we were able to get Karim out of the streets and into an emergency accommodation where he could stay safe. We then worked with him to start an ongoing payment and got him access to Centrelink schemes for additional support until he was able to secure a job and rent his own place.
Homelessness and eviction are a reality many of our brothers and sisters face in Australia. It is due to generous donations from our local donors and partners, and the Will of Allah that Muslims like Karim are able to do better. Your Zakat today can truly change someone’s tomorrow.
The Crisis Accommodation program is designed to support Muslim individuals and families who are currently homeless, or at risk of homelessness, due to a history of violence or difficulties with staying at home. We hope to help them all grow out of their traumas and succeed together as Muslims in the Australian community. Support provided through this program includes, but is not limited to, access to temporary accommodation, financial support for essentials and resources, activities to improve the family’s wellbeing, referrals to internal or partnered services, and more.