As we approach the middle of the month of Ramadan, we pray that its blessings have brought you peace and closeness with our Creator, the One, the Just. 


Indeed, God enjoins justice, and the doing of good,
and generosity towards one’s fellow-men;
and He forbids all that is shameful
and injustice and rebellion;
and He exhorts you repeatedly
so that you might bear all this in mind.

Quran 16:90.


In the spirit of shared justice, we appeal to you during this blessed month to keep the efforts of Project REACH in your minds, your hearts, and your prayers.  As you decide where to give your zakat and sadaqah this month, we hope that you consider giving to Project REACH.  Here’s why:

 

> Project REACH is the only Muslim organization that is solely dedicated to empowering urban youth and communities in Washington, D.C.  For many of our youth, Project REACH provides the only safe space for positive self-development in their neighborhoods.  We work primarily in Wards 7 and 8 of D.C., where the struggle for justice comes in the form of everyday challenges, chronic and systemic, including high levels of incarceration, absentee fathers, educational under-performance, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, hunger, and poverty. 

> Our programs are evidence-based and draw on best practices.  Our weekly “Real Talk” program integrates an evidence-based life skills curriculum with a values-based approach to foster critical thinking, healthy decision-making, and skills development for the workplace, further education, and everyday life.  Later this summer, we’ll embark on a community beautification project in Southeast D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood that will allow youth to apply these skills, learn about environmental stewardship, and realize the valuable role they play in improving their community.  In the winter, youth will have the opportunity to participate in a bi-annual leadership retreat.


> Our past activities include a Summer Youth Program, which thematically addressed self-efficacy, leadership, and community activism through workshops and activities, seminars on avoiding the criminal justice system and employment readiness, a seminar series on various health and fitness topics, several outdoor leadership retreats and road trips, and DC's first “Community Café” co-sponsored with Chicago’s Inner-city Muslim Action Network.  


We encourage you to find out more about what we do at 
dcprojectreach.org and to spread the word!  Your donation will show support for our vision for justice in oft-neglected communities and our commitment to empowering and enabling youth to achieve this reality.

Donate HERE and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
 

 

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