On Saturday 12th March, SI Madressa of Essex held its Annual Parents Day at Chancellor Park Primary School. All teachers and parents accompanied by their children attended Madressa and were informed about the progress of their children as well as about plans for coming academic year.
As a tradition at Essex Madressa, this year, a local charity was chosen for Madressa students to raise their sense of contribution to community and to help the suffering members of Essex community. This charity was CHESS.
CHESS stands for "Churches Homeless Emergency Support Scheme". Homelessness is real. At any one time CHESS expects to have links with significant numbers of homeless people, a number which increases as the weather becomes harsher in winter months. CHESS also receives significant numbers of new requests for emergency accommodation each month. Their activities can be seen at http://www.chelmsfordchess.org/
Students of Essex Madressa collected tins of fruits and usable items like Washing powder, sacks, coffee, milk etc. and donated these to a representative from CHESS. Mr Trevor Mylatt attended to collect the goods and next week (19th March), he visited again to thank the students at Madressa. He showed a short video and informed children of their activities to help homeless people.
On Parents Day, students of Essex Madressa also started making a quilt with their hand impressions which on completion will be donated to a charity for homeless.
Principal Dr Qamar Abbas reminded students of the wise saying of Imam Ali AS.
'Those who have the same religion as you have; they are brothers to you, and those who have religions other than that of yours, they are human beings like you. Let your mercy and compassion come to their rescue and help in the same way and to the same extent that you expect Allah to show mercy and forgiveness to you.' He reminded all students that homelessness and poverty are real issues in world and we as human beings have a duty towards fellow human beings. He thanked students and parents for their kind donations. He prayed that may Allah encourage all Essex Madressa community to keep engaged in their duty to help fellow beings.