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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

CEO Abed Ayoub Visits IR Projects in Africa and Middle East

Islamic Relief USA’s CEO Abed Ayoub is in Ghana and will be traveling to several other countries in Africa and the Middle East over the next few weeks to visit Islamic Relief projects, forge new partnerships, and open up a new office where the organization can engage in more relief work for those in need.

Ayoub is set to meet Ghanaian President John Atta Mills today. Yesterday Ayoub and IR USA Development Coordinator Belkacem Nahi visited Al Diaa, a socio-cultural association in Ghana, to discuss Islamic Relief projects in the country. They also visited the site of the future Madina University, which will have 5,000 students living on campus. Nahi said that Islamic Relief will be providing supplies to the university’s health clinic. They also met with a group of teachers and students and discussed the need for a technologically advanced school with an efficient computer lab. Their day ended with Ayoub speaking at a local graduation ceremony, where he emphasized the role of education in developmental work.

In the coming days, Ayoub will visit a school in Benin. Then he and Nahi plan to embark for Mali, and later Ayoub will go to Jordan. They will also be meeting with a number of officials from various ministries in Ghana and Mali. Ayoub said he is looking forward to seeing the work being done in the field offices in those countries.

“We know how our donations are being used, but to see it with our own eyes, to see the hard work going on to help those in need--that helps us move forward in planning how we can fund more effective and useful projects,” Ayoub said.

Islamic Relief USA will be blogging more about Ayoub’s trip in the coming weeks. Check back here to read more. To donate to IR USA, please click here.
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