Rethink Rebuild Society
Bi-monthly newsletter - Issue #9, 30/06/2015


Ramadan Mubarak

Rethink Rebuild Society would like to wish all Muslims a fruitful month and we ask Allah SWT to grant you all the strength to make full use of this blessed month. Ramadan is the month of charity and we urge you all to remember Syrians in need when you donate or make your Zakah. Please donate safely through registered charities in the UK.


Sir Gerald Kaufman visits RR office

MP of Gorton Sir Gerald Kaufman 'Father of the House' visited RR office on Friday 26 June. We discussed with him issues pertaining to the UK's policy on Syria and presented him with some of our core policy demands as the Syrian community. The discussion was highly informative. We thank Sir Gerald for taking the time to meet with us.

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Lord Mayor of Manchester Visit to RR Office

The Lord Mayor of Manchester visited the RR office on 11 May to present a cheque from the 'We Love Manchester Charity'. RR is very grateful to the Charity for its contribution of £1,113 which will be used to run workshops for Syrian refugees on British culture as well as some basic English, computer, and job-searching skills.

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Oxford for Syria Panel: Future of Syria

RR participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the 'Oxford for Syria' group in Oxford University titled 'What Now Syria? Reflections on the Country's Future'. The discussion was very insightful and thought-provoking regarding the future of Syria and was presented to a very engaged and interested audience.

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'Spring Reign' Play Huge Success

'Spring Reign', an honest and insightful account of the Syrian conflict, played at The Lowry on 19 and 20 May. The play was very positively received by a diverse audience and gave a powerful narration of Syrians' experiences through art. RR was very fortunate to have been involved in the script-writing process and to have been featured in the after-show discussion.

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Meeting with the Henning Family

The Syrian community of Manchester had the good pleasure of meeting with Barbara, Lucy, and Adam Henning (family of the late Alan Henning) for breakfast at the RR office on 16 May. We are very thankful to the Henning family for accepting our invitation and hope that it was just the start of a continued and warm relationship between the family and our community.

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Meeting with Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner of Greater Manchester

RR met with Police and Crime Commissioner of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd to update him on the work of the office and to seek his advice on Syria-related issues ranging from airport stops, to networking with new and old MPs, to rising levels of Islamophobia.

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2015 Greater Manchester Run

Some of our community members, including over twenty children, took part in the Great Manchester Run on 9 and 10 May. Our brave participants ran for Syria and raised over £18,000 for the Iqraa school which is fully funded by the Manchester community.

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Monthly Seminar on Peacebuilding by International Alert's Barry Navarro

RR's May monthly seminar was on the topic of peacebuilding and was delivered by International Alert's Barry Navarro. Barry discussed elements of peacebuilding and touched on the role of diaspora communities in achieving peace in conflict-torn countries.

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Bring Syrian Children Back to School: We rely on your Zakah payment

As many Muslims pay their Zakah during this holy month, we would like to remind you of the Iqraa School at Al-Sahhara village in northern Syria, which was funded by Manchester community in September 2014 via Syria Relief Charity.
So far we have raised £25,000 to cover the running costs of next academic year (2015-2016) which is £45000. We rely on your Zakah payment to cover the remaining cost. You can help the school by donating online to Syria Relief. Please use 'Iqraa school' as a reference when you make your donation:

Even few pounds will help. This school project is a noble and valid cause for paying Zakah if you are thinking of educating children and supporting poor families which are both contained in this school project.
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Upcoming Events


Qyam Night
KD Grammar School, Manchester
Saturday, 11 pm – 1:30 pm


Eid Party

Monthly Seminar
RR Multi-facility room, Manchester
7:30 pm


5th Annual Syrian Day
Levenshulme High School
1pm – 7pm

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