Thursday, 2 May 2019

HANDS International and LSE 'GIVE' Soup Kitchens


1st Soup Kitchen – Held in 1st week of November 2018
This was our first soup kitchen of the term, and it went very well – we ordered enough food for the homeless in attendance and managed to distribute all the water bottles as well.  Points for improvement included engaging the homeless in conversation more to add a more personal aspect to the soup kitchen.

2nd Soup Kitchen – Held in 3rd week of November2018
Learning from our first soup kitchen, I attempted to involve more of the 1st year students in taking on roles of responsibility during the 2nd soup kitchen.  This involved assigning them tasks such as calling out the ticket numbers, setting up the apparatus and running the ticket shuttle system.  This proved to be a great success!

3rd Soup Kitchen – Held in 1st week of December2018
By now, we had a smooth operation in process, where each volunteer had a crystal-clear understanding of their specific role and how to tailor it to certain situations.  This meant our soup kitchen ran as smoothly as ever, with observers noting how efficient it seemed!
After our 3rd soup kitchen, I learnt that ‘GIVE’ had been nominated for and subsequently won a FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Societies) award for Best Community Outreach initiative across ISOCs in the UK, a testament to the hard work the volunteers put in and the continued support of Palmers Green Mosque!

4th Soup Kitchen – Held in 2nd week of January2019
Following the holidays, I had to galvanise the volunteers into renewing our intentions as to why we run these soup kitchens, namely to please Allah (SWT) and attain His pleasure through helping the needy.  It was a timely reminder so that our volunteers continued their hard work with the core Islamic values at the heart of it, presenting the best dawah!
*** Total number of beneficiaries during each Soup Kitchen has been 150 + ***

Plans for the future
We plan to hold at least 3-4 soup kitchens before the end of term, with one interfaith soup kitchen during ‘Discover Islam Week’ with Jewish Society, Hindu Society and the Christian Union at LSE.  We hope to continue to have the support of Palmers Green Mosque!  Moreover, we are very interested in having a mobile clinic at future soup kitchens, to widen the scope of what we offer currently!