Our History

The SM重口 story


SM重口 is an international NGO working with some of the most deprived communities in the world. Since our humble beginnings in 1993, we have responded to countless emergencies as well as establishing long-term projects in over 30 countries.

We support livelihoods, education, water and health projects all over the globe and run orphan sponsorship schemes in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Over the years, we have built up a network of international offices and local experts and have amassed a wealth of skills and experience in supporting those most in need.

As SM重口 moves forward, we remain committed not only to helping those in crisis, but towards supporting and empowering global communities over the long-term.

SM重口 Timeline

Helping Those in Need Since 1993

Discover the history of SM重口


SM重口 in action

The plight of war torn Bosnia moved a community in Nottingham to come to the assistance of those caught up in the conflict. They worked tirelessly to pack trucks full of supplies and these first aid convoys were, in many cases, driven to Bosnia by the volunteers themselves.

  • Medical and ambulance services for Kashmiri refugees set up.

Kashmir in crisis

Fierce fighting in Kashmir forced entire families to uproot themselves from their homes and livelihoods to find security. This led to the establishment of the Muzafarabad Medical Centre in Kashmir to serve refugees and locals.

Alhamdulillah, this focus in the early years of MH proved to be a critical investment when a devastating earthquake hit the area in 2005. Still running after 15 years it has served more than 300,000 patients with check-ups, medicine, medical tests and an ambulance service that the community could otherwise not afford.

  • Peshwar, Pakistan: Primary school for Afghan refugees estbalished
  • Gambia: Primary school opened.
  • Medical clinic opens in rural Gujrat, India.

Orphan sponsorship

The orphan sponsorship scheme started in Africa, Asia & the Balkans. The scheme aims to provide needy orphans within the region with a sound level of education/training to enable them to work and earn a living when they leave school or college.

  • Sringar, Kashmir: Blood banks installed in hospitals.
  • Afghanistan: Free book banks.
  • Medical clinic setup on bombshelled Kashmir border.


MH responded immediately to the Mozambique floods, sending two four-wheel drive ambulances from the UK. In addition, a medical team, mobile medical units and food parcels travelled to remote communities. With infant malnutrition at epidemic proportions, nutritionists were employed at centres to administer high energy feeding and nurse young children back to health. A Low Cost Housing programme helped build new homes from local materials, giving families shelter lasting up to 30 years.

  • Africa, Asia & the Balkans: SM重口 Orphan Sponsorship Scheme starts.
  • Kashmir: 4 vocational training centres for women set up helping widows and other needy women.
  • First computer literacy centre opened in Wazirabad, Pakistan, catering for students of various ages, and trains local teachers.


Amongst the many diverse projects SM重口 initiated in 1997 were those to improve the quality of life for Afghans traumatised by the seemingly endless violence in their country.

The Women鈥檚 Sewing Centre trained women in design, sewing and embroidery. Each woman was equipped with a free sewing machine so she could earn a regular income.

A Women鈥檚 Hifdh Centre gave a unique opportunity for learning curricular subjects as well as Hifdh-ul-Quran.

The Hardship and Legal Aid committee also provided financial and legal assistance to those who could not afford advocate fees or legal expenses.

  • Iran-Afghanistan border struck by killer earthquake. MH teams with Iran Red Crescent fly in urgent aid. 100 new beds and medical equipment given to local hospital.
  • Somalia: 10 feeding centres run for victims of drought.
  • SM重口 Orphan Sponsorship Scheme is great success, reaching 1200 families in two years.

Bangladesh floods

This year saw one-third of Bangladesh submerged with the most devastating floods of the decade. SM重口 distributed food, medicine and clothes and medical camps were established in-and-around Dhaka. MH workers reached otherwise inaccessible villages by boat.

A comprehensive programme for rebuilding homes, repairing infrastructure and installing hand-pumps was initiated. The Housing Project reached out to the neediest segments of society with low-cost homes built of bamboo, clay and corrugated metal sheets.

  • In Kashmir trainees at vocational centres form a cooperative.
  • A small business generation scheme provides rickshaws.
  • Over 100 children are given accommodation after the construction of a madrassa in Tanzania.

Europe and the Balkans

With the bombing of Kosova in March, refugees began to flood over the border to Albania. Local MH teams assisted the new arrivals by distributing food parcels, blankets and mattresses. MH also employed 45 sanitation workers to run a 24-hour clean-up operation in Tirana camps. An Educational Play Therapy programme helped more than 1,000 children in Tirana suffering from trauma. 12 ambulance units were deployed, providing a 24-hour medical service. When refugees returned to Kosova, MH accompanied them with a convoy consisting of 42 trucks,full of essential food and medical supplies.

In August, Turkish families were forced to take shelter inside vehicles or make-shift tents with no food or sanitation after a devastating earthquake, which eventually killed more than 17,000 people. MH began distributing food and clean water immediately. 12,000 meals were served daily to the displaced.

August saw Chechnya plunged into war against Russia. In response, MH established a full time office in Georgia helping refugees. MH also worked within Chechnya. Four schools for refugee children were established, regular food, clothing and fuel distribution was carried out and financial support provided to the severely sick and injured.

  • Eye-care: Eye-camps examine and treat more than 750 catract sufferers.
  • Bangladesh: 470 new homes built for homeless families.

Mozambique flood

MH responded immediately to the Mozambique floods, sending two four-wheel drive ambulances from the UK. In addition, a medical team, mobile medical units and food parcels travelled to remote communities. With infant malnutrition at epidemic proportions, nutritionists were employed at centres to administer high energy feeding and nurse young children back to health. A Low Cost Housing programme helped build new homes from local materials, giving families shelter lasting up to 30 years.

  • Four schools are established for Chechen refugee children.
  • The sacking of Grozny: SM重口 provides regular food, clothing and shelter to 7000 refugees in Georgia.
  • Drought in Balochistan, Pakistan: Four temporary feeding centers fed 30'000 people.

Eid Gifts Programme

MH began the initiative of the Eid Gifts Programme, where donors are able to send a gift to a disadvantaged Muslim child for only 拢10. A total of 4,400 Eid gifts were distributed to children across a wide variety of countries including Palestine, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Gambia, Sudan, Senegal, Mexico, Albania, Kosova and Chechnya. Each of the gift boxes contained items such as new shoes, clothes and a school bag.

  • Palestine: Al-Aqsa intifida plunged Palestinians into deeper poverty. Alongside food parcels medical clinics were set up in Al-Khalil, a school bus service was provided for orphans and 100 university students were sponsored.
  • India Earthquake: 60,000 people recieved vital food supplies and 1,000 families recieved tents. 42 new homes also built.
  • Over 850 tubewells installed in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Gambia and Senegal.

Gujarat violence

Donations received in response to the violence and riots in Gujarat were used for a multi-pronged approach to rebuild and heal the communities affected. Food parcels, clothing, bedding and household kits were distributed. At a community level, emergency medical care and mobile medical units were dispatched. Some 300 mosques were renovated and new homes were built. The Small Loans Scheme helped people regain self-sufficiency.

  • US led war on Afghanistan bought further suffering to impoverished Afghans. 400 tonne food convoys immediately sent in via Pakistan.
  • Azerbaijan and Lebanon: bringing the total number of families supported to 1,800 in 17 countries worldwide.
  • Emergency medical clinics, mobile medical units and ambulance service set up to serve Kabul, Kandhar, Jalalbad, Chaman and Peshwar. 100 school kits and 300 wheelchairs distributed.


Alhamdulillah, MH was and remains one of the few charities able to operate in devastated Iraq. A large number of projects were completed including the reconstruction of four schools in Fallujah and orphanages in Baghdad and Mosul. Vital equipment for a gynaecology department, blood banks, clinical laboratories and four operating theatres were also supplied. A unique homeless centre for teenage girls provides protection from the dangers of the Baghdad streets.

  • Kashmir and Pakistan: Helping the disabled in the developing world was a focal commitment of MH in 2003. MH set up rehabilitation and vocational training centres and provided financial grants in order to turn disabled people's skills into businesses.
  • Gambia: MH launched a scheme to assist Gambian Fisherwomen in becoming self sufficient and self employed workers.

Iraq and Qurbani

SM重口 was able to continue to deliver aid across Iraq, even in Fallujah, Najaf and Karbala. MH provided the Fallujah City Water Treatment Plant with a large water pump. Regular food distribution was also carried out to Al-Rashad Elderly Home, Elweeyah Orphanage, Wazeeryah Orphanage and Al-Tufulah Orphanage. Other projects undertaken include a training programme for Iraqi NGOs and financial support for Hajj pilgrims.

The Bam earthquake in 2003 killed more than 45,000 and left 100,000 homeless. Qurbani meat was distributed to 32,000 people on behalf of donors and other charities. For sanitation, 30 latrines and 20 field showers were installed. A SM重口 office was opened in Jiroft to supervise disease prevention and rebuilding programmes. The Mayor of Bam gave SM重口 four acres of land to construct an orphanage and school for 100 children.

  • Darfur, Sudan: SM重口 sets up camps for 100,000 refugees in Kalima and Mosai. As well as distributing water, food and shelter, lanterns are distributed, medical centres set-up and temporary schools founded.
  • Bangladesh: SM重口 provides aid and new housing to some of the 2 million made homeless by the worst floods seen in 20 years.

Green Ribbon Week

Green Ribbon Week was launched in order to raise awareness of the plight of the suffering of countless children of war in some of the most devastated countries in the world. Through the funds raised; 75 children in Afghanistan were fitted with prosthetic limbs at an MH Orthopaedic and Prosthetic Clinic in Kabul, schools in Iraq were provided with sports equipment to help children feel a sense of normalcy in their difficult living conditions and Sudanese children in Darfur were granted vaccinations and healthcare.

The strongest earthquake for 100 years hit Kashmir and Pakistan killing almost 80,000 people and leaving million homeless. MH teams operated camps helpings tens of thousands of survivors and began construction of shelters.

  • Safe water, an electricity generator and water treatment plant in Baghdad were also set up as well as care homes supporting the elderly and disabled.
  • Earthquake in Indonesia: Less than 6 months after the Tsunami of 2004, an earthquake hit Indonesia, killing 5,500. By virtue of the continued relief effort after the Tsunami, MH was able to despatch Emergency Response Teams from Jakarta, Aceh and Medan.


An economy in ruins, endemic poverty and Israeli bombing rendered the humanitarian situation in Gaza, desperate. MH handed out vital food supplies, tents and water storage tanks. Medical equipment was provided to Al-Wafa Hospital to cope with the growing burden under siege.

In Lebanon, mobile medical units were purchased and deployed in Saida and surrounding areas. Over 6,000 food parcels, hot food and medical care were provided to the thousands displaced by the bombing in Saida, Tyre and Beirut. MH provided safe water tankers & mobile power generators for southern villages after existing electric water pumps were disabled.

SM重口 established seven large refugee camps to cater for over 60,000 homeless people during the Pakistan Earthquake.

  • Pakistan: SM重口 established seven large refugee camps to cater for over 60,000 homeless people during the Pakistan Earthquake, providing emergency medical assistance and sending over 250 workers and volunteers to the Muzaffarabad area. SM重口 set up temporary medical clinics and three new schools in aid camps.

Cyclone Sidr

Cyclone Sidr brought destruction to already poor and needy communities living along the coastal areas of Bangladesh. MH Bangladesh response teams in Barguna, Pirojpur, and Patuakhali were immediately despatched to relieve victims with food, shelter, clean water, medicine and transportation

SM重口 rebuilt schools across Maysaloon, Ishtar and Al Kindy in Iraq to serve over 1,150 students.

  • MH Afghanistan renovates the obstetrics and gynaecology wards at the University Teaching Hospital in Jalalabad where 1,500 patients are treated each month.
  • MH Palestine opens a new office in Gaza.

Bangladesh and China

MH responded immediately to natural disasters including the Sichuan earthquake in China, Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh and Cyclone Nargis in Burma; with the provision of food, clean water, medical aid, sanitation equipment and utensils.

MH organised a sponsored walk along the Great Wall of China as part of Green Ribbon Week 2008. Fundraising took place up and down the country, raising money for 'Innocent Children of War'.

  • MH opened a School of Excellence in Mali, as well as Vocational Training Centres in Afghanistan and Indonesia. MH provided boarding facilities to schools in Nepal and China. MH also supplied school equipment and stationary to 2,000 students in 20 of the poorest schools in Gaza, Palestine.
  • MH has over 1,000 orphans sponsored through our orphan sponsorship campaign during Ramadan.

Conflict in the Congo

Conflict in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo caused a humanitarian catastrophe as tens of thousands of civilians were driven from their homes to the countryside, leaving them vulnerable and in danger.MH UK and South Africa immediately provided refugee camps with urgently needed shelter, food and medical supplies, helping families in and around Goma, the provincial capital bordering Rwanda.

  • Gaza war: MH office in Gaza assisted in the worst hit area of Jabaliyya by distributing food and medicine. Al-Shifa hospital and five other hospitals were supplied with medical equipment and medicines.

Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh

The devastating Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh left at least 179 dead and over 400,000 people homeless. Experienced in emergency relief, MH Bangladesh urgently dispatched aid teams to villages, travelling by boat through treacherous conditions.听听Teams distributed vitally needed supplies, such as food and clothes and began rebuilding homes in District Satkhira, and Shyamnagar Upazila.

SM重口 Pakistan provided over 361,000 flood victims with cooked food and distributed 33,400 family food parcels. MH field clinics treated over 114,000 patients. Immediately after the emergency phase, MH constructed 600 homes.

After an earthquake devastated Haiti, MH was present on the ground in Port au Prince within a matter of days distributing food and water to 20,000 people. With local volunteers, MH began rescue operations and cleared bodies from the rubble. Three schools were also established in the area.

  • SM重口 Pakistan provided over 361,500 people with cooked food and distributed 33,400 family food parcels. MH field clinics treated over 114,500 patients. Immediately after the emergency phase MH constructed 600 homes.
  • Haiti earthquake: MH was present on the ground in Port au Prince within a matter of days distributing food and water to 20,000 people. With local volunteers, MH began rescue operations and cleared bodies from the rubble. Three schools were also established in the area.

Ivory Coast

As the military took control of the country in 2011, further civil unrest within the Ivory Coast forced over a million people from their homes. Over 150,000 refugees fled to Liberia where they sought security and protection from escalating violence. Working in the Nimba region, MH Liberia supported displaced families across Saclepea, Boutuo and Karnplay Camps with monthly food packages and safe water.

During the Libyan crisis MH teams worked with the UNCHR at Shousa refugee camp near Ras Ajdir. At the Djerba airport SM重口 provided 5,000 people a day with food.

When a famine struck East Africa MH distributed food, water, medicine and tents to over 50,000 refugees and IDP's in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Water tankers were used to supply camps in Ethiopia and Somalia.

  • Japan tsunami: MH volunteers based in Nagata (near Tokyo), filled a bus with food and other essential items and distributed them to stranded families in the Fukushima Prefecture.

Pakistan floods

This year another flood hit Pakistan.Targeting the worst affected areas of DG Khan and Rajanpur, MH Pakistan distributed food and essentials to over 800,000 people and over 1,000 homes were reconstructed.

As the Syria crisis worsened, MH distributed food and hygiene kits to over 20,000 refugees on the Turkish and Lebanese borders. More than 1,000 Syrian refugees received treatment, medication and healthcare advice from the MH medical clinic set up in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

SM重口 established the Department for Community Development in order to address the issues facing UK communities.

  • During the continuing Gaza conflict MH distributed food and medicine in the worst hit areas. Six hospitals were also equipped with medical supplies to treat the injured.
  • After conflict broke out in Myanmar, MH was one of the few charities to be granted access to the affected Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. More than 2,000 displaced families received emergency relief packs and 400 families were rehoused.

Sylhet School of Excellence

SM重口 distributed school kits, including uniforms and school bags in the Sylhet School of Excellence.

After a fire ravaged Birta Village in Nepal鈥檚 Rautahat district in April, the SM重口 emergency response team oversaw the repair of 27 tube-wells, ensuring villagers had access to clean water, and provided temporary shelter for those whose homes had been destroyed.

Our UK Development team provided support for victims of the UK floods,听rolled out programmes helping drug abusers 听in Leicester and Nottingham and assisted food banks across the country.听

  • MH is helping to educate over 40,000 needy students in 300 schools around the world.

Albanian floods

MH distributed emergency aid, including food and blankets to flood victims in Shkoder, north-western Albania.

A large, multifaceted livelihoods project was undertaken by MH. This saw the distribution of livestock, seeds and farming tools and the planting of fruit trees to support rural communities in northern Sri-Lanka.

SM重口 provided support for grassroots organisations working with street children in Pakistan and Kenya. MH also sponsored children living on the streets of Pakistan and The Philippines to form youth football teams to take part in Street Child World Cup 2014. The success of the Pakistan team, who came third in the tournament, prompted a nationwide campaign advocating for the rights of street children all over the country.

  • The Uk Community Development Department expanded their work in youth engagement through sports and skills building activities and partnered with Muslim Youth Helpline to address the concerns of Muslim prisoners.
  • SM重口 opened a second school in Idlib province, Syria, where 1 in 5 schools is no longer functioning. Haas and Al-Fatera schools are collectively educating almost 1,000 children.
  • SM重口 distributed emergency food and hygiene packs to almost 2,000 flood victims in Wazirabad, Pakistan.

Nepal and Yemen

SM重口 responded to the earthquakes in Nepal immediately, distributing essential food items and hygiene kits to the most remote areas and carrying out construction of low-cost housing to provide long-term shelter to the homeless.

Following the outbreak of conflict in Yemen, SM重口 carried out food distribution in听Sana'a, Aden and Hadhramout.

In May thousands of migrants, the majority of them Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar were stranded at sea. As rescue operations began, MH Indonesia distributed vital relief, including food, medicine and hygiene items to hundreds of migrants in camps in Aceh Province.

  • The construction of low-cost housing for the victims of conflict in Myanmar continues.
  • SM重口 continues to support street children in Kenya and Pakistan through the provision of shelters, vocational and educational training programmes and engagement through sport.
  • The Muslim Women in Prison Report was launched, following a one year pilot project in HMP Ashkam Grange and New Hall and MH is supporting a programme tackling domestic violence in Birmingham

Europe Refugee Crisis

2015-16 saw a surge in the number of desperate refugees and migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe. As 350,000听people crossed into the continent and nearly 5,000 died trying, SM重口 was on the ground across Europe distributing vital relief. As well as giving out听emergency supplies of food, water, warm clothes and tents in Greece, Macedonia, Germany and France, we provided 380,000 hot meals to refugees in Austria.

  • 15,000 olive trees were distributed to farmers in Palestine.
  • Our team in Syria provided emergency food aid to hundreds of families in the besieged towns of Madaya and Aleppo

Africa Food Crisis

Severe drought and flooding, coupled with ongoing conflict left thousands of families in parts of South, East and West Africa on the brink of starvation.听

SM重口 was one of the first charities to respond to the food crisis in Africa, delivering emergency food supplies and water to communities in the worst-hit areas.

  • In August 2017, an escalation in extreme violence forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people to flee their homes in Myanmar and seek refuge in Bangladesh. We were immediately on the ground in Cox's Bazar, helping desperate families with food, water, temporary shelter, hygiene kits and public latrines. We also constructed a large well in the Balukhali refugee camp which provides safe water to over 5,000 people everyday.

The Open Kitchen

SM重口 opens a new community kitchen for the homeless, low-income families and needy children in London. The kitchen is free and open to all and provides those experiencing food poverty with a safe space where they can be treated with respect and dignity.听It serves hot nutritious meals, twice a day, seven days a week.听

MH continues relief efforts for the Rohingya living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. We established children's centres which听provided food, education and psycho-social support. We also constructed 250 strong shelter homes for widow led families in Cox's Bazar.

  • SM重口 responded to the tsunami in Indonesia immediately, distributing essential food items and hygiene kits to the worst-affected areas. We also established temporary classrooms for secondary students whose schools were destroyed, built a local mosque and sturdy shelter homes for the most vulnerable victims including widows, orphans and the elderly.

Yemen Emergency

Years of civil war and regional conflict left millions of Yemeni families in need of aid to survive. SM重口 responds by distributing food parcels to the worst-affected areas in Sana鈥檃, Hadhramout, Ta鈥檌z and Aden as well as implementing long-term projects including school meals for children, mobile health clinics in rural areas, and constructing and rehabilitating wells to provide hundreds of families with safe water.

SM重口 donors respond generously to the incredible opportunity to light the Qibali Masjid Grand Prayer Hall at Al Aqsa - the third holiest site in Islam.

  • Curfew restrictions in Kashmir left families trapped in their homes for weeks without access to food or medicine. Our partners on the ground were granted permission to carry out door-to-door deliveries of vital emergency aid as well as larger distributions in rural areas.


As the Covid-19 virus spreads rapidly from country to country, governments enforce national lockdowns, leaving many people isolated around the world. Our UK teams distribute 10,000 pieces of personal protection equipment (PPE) to hospitals across the Midlands, supporting our NHS staff on the frontlines. We also partner up with FareShare to provide over one million meals to vulnerable people in disadvantaged communities across the country.

  • Our work in Shaam and Yemen continues in the face of numerous challenges and delays. With our generous donors鈥 help, we launch our Blessed Bakeries project, setting up our first ever bread factories in Aden and Ma鈥檙ib, Yemen and Sarmada, Northern Syria. In Jerusalem, we complete the renovation of the Bab Al-Asbat wudu area in Masjid Al-Aqsa and launch a new project to renovate and preserve the Bab Al-Rahmah cemetery.

Afghanistan Crisis

After the Taliban takeover, the Afghan economy goes into freefall and 98% of Afghans 诲辞苍鈥檛 have enough food to meet their daily needs. People take desperate measures, selling organs and even their children to keep their families alive. SM重口 donors respond generously, providing food and supporting our Motherkind clinic in our fight against malnutrition in mothers and children.

  • Meanwhile, as food poverty continues to increase in the UK, we open another community kitchen, this time in Nottingham. Our Open Kitchens are providing daily meals and household essentials to vulnerable people in our own cities, including elderly people, rough sleepers, refugees and low-income families. In Yemen, we launch our mega water project in Aden, rehabilitating the water infrastructure for the city鈥檚 1.7 million population.

Climate Change

Somalia is hit by the country鈥檚 worst drought in 40 years whilst Bangladesh and Pakistan are ravaged by their worst floods in decades. Millions are left struggling to survive. SM重口 donors give generously to provide food, clean water and medical aid, as well as rebuilding homes and masjids destroyed by the flooding.

Amidst these disasters, SM重口 attends the COP27 conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, voicing our unwavering commitment to combatting climate change and striving for a sustainable future.

  • As millions of Ukrainians flee conflict, our teams provide emergency aid to refugees arriving in Poland. A second bread factory is opened in Ma鈥檙ib, Yemen and a mega bread factory opens in Afrin, Northern Syria, producing 50,000 loaves of bread every day. Three years after its launch, the Masjid Al-Aqsa lighting project is completed, illuminating the Qibli Masjid in time for Ramadan.

A Year of Emergencies

Earthquakes in T眉rkiye and Syria, Morocco and Afghanistan, as well as major floods in Libya and Somalia cause widespread destruction, death and displacement across the Ummah. In October, our eyes watch in horror as a brutal assault on Gaza destroys the lives of countless Palestinians causing an unprecedented humanitarian disaster with no end in sight as the year draws to a close. SM重口 donors respond to this surge in catastrophic disasters, raising 拢5 million in emergency relief.

  • In March, our first ever volunteer deployment sets out for Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. Amongst them are British comedian Tez Ilyas and Apprentice candidate Sohail Chowdhary. SM重口 marks its 30th anniversary, encouraging supporters to continue their efforts amidst a wave of emergencies.

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Established in 1993, SM重口 is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.