I always had a desire to help people in need. Alhamdulillah YouthWay’s Aid Convoy to Calais, gave me the opportunity. The experience was an eye-opener for me, and all my friends at YouthWay. Seeing the state of the refugees in Calais was upsetting to say the least. But we were all so grateful that we were able to help. Alhamdulillah, giving aid to these people helps ease their situation. And indeed it changes our lives too.
Once we got to Calais, we went to get the vans ready to distribute the aid. Moments later, people started queuing up. Word had got around through three refugees who went around camps making announcements. While the other YouthWay volunteers were giving out food, I went around asking people how they were and taking pictures. Seeing the children’s faces light up made me so happy, I must have been walking around with a huge smile on my face. I’m sure people were thinking I shouldn’t be smiling the way I was, in such a grim situation. But I just couldn’t help myself. The children were so chuffed when they got their food, and clothes and blankets. They were smiling and giving me the thumbs up while I took their pictures. Words cannot explain, Alhamdulillah, the satisfaction of seeing them so satisfied.
Before leaving the camp I spoke to a four year-old boy, who said he wished he had a football. I told him, Inshallah when we come back again, I will bring him a football. I do Dua for the Syrian refugees. May Allah (SWT) make it easy for them. May we have the chance again to help them again.
Credit goes to YouthWay and all its volunteers; our community in Slough who donated so much for the convoy; and to Imam Asim Hussain. I would urge everyone to support and volunteer with YouthWay.