“teach a Man to Fish”

The Miracle - - Women -

“When­ever“I give him new in­for­ma­tion, he im­ple­mentsim it. If I give him an ad­dress to a place, he doesn’t ask me for a ride. He goes on his own,” Ka­reem says. Ka­reem be­lieves that it’s bet­ter to be con­sis­tent in pro­vid­ing sup­port to clients than to do a lot at first at the cost of burn­ing one­self out. “A lot of times peo­ple help new im­mi­grants b but then dis­ap­pear af­ter some time. That’s w when clients lose their trust,” Ka­reem adds. As new refugees that ar­rived in the cold of win­ter, the Nadirs were given flu shots to en­sure they don’t fall sick. Un­for­tu­nately, there was a com­pli­ca­tion when the flu shot was be­ing ad­min­is­tered to Zain which led to a small blood clot and a great deal of pain. He was made to be­lieve by some of his ac­quain­tances that his arm would never be func­tional again. Ka­reem re­as­sured Zain that just be­cause he is hav­ing medicines for his prob­lem, it doesn’t mean there is some­thing ma­jorly wrong with his arm. “Zain and his wife’s big­gest chal­lenge is lack of emo­tional sup­port,” Ka­reem says. A few weeks later, Zain had to rush his wife to the hospi­tal be­cause she mis­car­ried her baby. Due to lan­guage bar­rier, they were not able to un­der­stand what the doc­tor was say­ing to them. “I was re­ally pleased that he called me when he needed help be­cause no one else was there for them,” Ka­reem re­calls. “Of all the peo­ple they knew, they called me.” Af­ter in­ter­pret­ing their con­ver­sa­tion with the hd doc­tor, Ka­reem spokek to Zain’si wifeif andd com­forted her. She was so moved by his sup­port that she called him af­ter­wards to thank him. “That to me is price­less,” Ka­reem stresses. Ka­reem says he doesn’t need them to thank him but is glad that they ap­pre­ci­ate his ef­forts. Though the Nadirs had a rocky start on their new jour­ney in Canada, they are slowly learn­ing their way around and start­ing to feel more like home. These are real sto­ries where our vol­un­teers have an im­pact on mem­bers of our com­mu­nity help­ing them progress in their lives. In­shaAl­lah next week we will bring you another story. Please join us to have a pur­pose in your life to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of your broth­ers and sis­ters by com­ing to our events and reg­is­ter­ing as a vol­un­teer or do­nat­ing to your or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Mus­lim Food Bank and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices So­ci­ety (usu­ally re­ferred to as Mus­lim Food Bank) at www.mus­lim­food­bank.com/do­nate. Our email is con­tact @mus­lim­food­bank.com and tele­phone num­ber is 1-866-824-2525.

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