We are delighted to announce that Refugee Asistance Programs (RAP), a Chicago-based initiative, is joining World Faith as a Chapter.  The service-driven mission of RAP exceeds our standards of community service, and their attention to the religious needs of refugees creates a beautiful partnership that we believe will continue both missions into the coming years.

Frank Fredericks, the founder of World Faith, shared, “We are very excited about this new partnership, and we believe it will allow us to actively engage in the greater Chicago area, while also putting RAPs fine work into a global context.”

Naazish YarKhan, the found of RAP, is happy to share that 0n Saturday May 15
th, RAP will host a community-supported  Kitchen Kit Drive for Refugees, from 9 a.m. to Noon, at ISNS in Rolling Meadows, Ilinois.

RAP has helped over 500 families from Africa, Myanmar, and Iraq.  Last year, the community raised 1,300 toys for RAP during its “Eid is for Everyone” toy and winter- wear drive. It received the CIOGC “Excellence in Community Service Award” in 2010.

“What would be the first thing you would look for in a completely new country? A hot cup of tea? A pan to warm milk for your child? A bed or a couch are secondary when a refugee mom has nothing in her kitchen. New refugee families arrive every week and, as an interfaith community, we want to transform their empty apartments into cozy homes,” said Kiran Ansari, a RAP Boardmember.

To volunteer, email: . Donations can be mailed to Refugee Assistance Programs/ WF, 1146 Coventry Circle, Glendale Heights, IL 60139. Please indicate whether it’s a general donation or zakat.  Donations can also be collected by World Faith, with the donation specified for RAP.

More at RAP’s blog, and website.

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