YRP meets The Ribat Institute

YRP meets The Ribat Institute

Posted on: 24 June 2015 in

YRP was delighted to be invited to talk to the young people at The Ribat Institute recently.  Cath, the Project Director and Jason, a current client spoke to the audience about YRP, what we do here and how they can help.  It was a fantastic morning and the children were very keen to ask questions and hear Jason's story.  YRP is passionate about meeting organisations in the community and regularly speaks to groups at faith based organisations, schools and other interested parties.  Community engagement is essential to raise awareness about both the project and homelessness in general.  The Ribat Institute supports YRP thoughout the year.

In February 2009 a group of friends from Woking saw the need for localised, traditional Islamic education, conveyed in English, with an understanding of the challenges, hopes and aspirations of Muslims living in the UK. According to The Ribat Institute it was natural to couple this with a focus on engaging with Muslims and non-Muslims in community projects. The institute was established in June 2009 as a grass roots, not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation. The charity offers education programmes for both children and adults, and runs community projects.

These include providing the food parcels, a family counselling service, promoting fair trade in the Muslim community, hospital visits and a community allotment project. The Ihsan Foundation for West Africa is The Ribat Institute’s international cause. The foundation funds educational, health and humanitarian projects and focuses on Sierra Leone. The institute also runs the unique Hearts of Light project, which caters for girls between the ages of seven and 14.  It was established to provide the opportunity for them to take part in activities and projects, educating them to be proactive and productive members of their community, as well as having fun at the same time.

The charity is run by volunteers and more are always needed.