On the 3rd year anniversary of the Barho Family’s tragedy in the province, Nova Scotia’s Muslim community recently announced the completion of the renovation of a family room in the QEII hospital.
On February 19, 2019, a tragedy struck the Barho family when a fire occurred in their home and took the lives of their 7 children. There was an outpouring of support and generosity from the general public and communities globally.
The Barho family started their journey of grief and recovery at the QEII hospital.
The Muslim Community in Nova Scotia wanted to recognize the QEII for their extraordinary and outstanding support of the Barho family and the community during this very emotional and painful time.
“We wanted to reciprocate the QEII’s enormous and extraordinary support, so we approached them to see how we could help, and they suggested raising funds to renovate a family room,” said the Campaign Coordinators. “We loved the idea because this would give us an opportunity to help families and friends of loved ones who are in critical care. Family rooms are designed to provide a space for families and loved ones to have respite time, to collect thoughts and regenerate themselves, emotionally and physically, as they try and understand what is happening to their loved one.”
“We worked with Ummah Masjid, and did many fundraising events throughout the summer to reach our goal. We reached out to businesses for donations, set up lemonade stands, hosted a paint night, had a Henna event at the mall, and sold donated winter scarves. We saw the community come together by participating in events to support this campaign.”
The Campaign Coordinators included Lubna Channaa, Lama Issa, and Reham Eldadah as well as the Ummah Masjid and Community Center Management, Imam Abdallah Yusri and Dr Ahmad Hussein (Chairman of Ummah Masjid and Community Center).
“Thanks to all the Masjids that supported our campaign by spreading the word and promoting the project. Special thanks to Ummah Masjid and Community Center and Kearney Lake Masjid,” added the Campaign Coordinators.”Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted with the campaign fundraising events - Mariam Mahmoud, Salam Elborno, Olivia Fay, Aya Al Khairi, Shahd Khartabil and Noor Khartabil, Tasneem Gattous, Aseil Elaskari, Sondos Elaskari and Aya Al Khairi. Thanks again to everyone who supported our campaign. We are forever grateful for your support.”
(Source: Ummah Masjid And Community Center).