The harsh reality is that The Risala Institute, the organization which has been striving to make quality Islamic education accessible and affordable to underserved communities, is very close to possibly having to close its doors.† Risala may have to shut down very soon due to its lack of funding and support.† The approximately 80 students from pre-k through eighth grade, who attend the school, may not even get the opportunity to finish out this school year unless something is done.† †††††
Due to the population that we serve, much of the tuition is very often either late or not paid at all.† In our various attempts to reach out to the wealthy members of the community for help, we have come out empty handed.† Our attempts at establishing lucrative businesses to fund the school have been unsuccessful due to not having the seed money to get them started on an effective level.† Therefore, the school has reached such a financial deficit that it can no longer survive.
The harsh reality is that in order for our community to have something like this, which has the potential to make a tremendous positive change for us and our children, it must be supported.†
Risala needs $5,000 by the end of this week (3/5/10) in order to stay open and an additional $10,000 by the end of this month (March) in order to at least finish out the school year. †In order for us to be able to go further, we need funds that can go towards the businesses and new programs which would allow us to be self-sufficient and not have to rely upon donations and unstable tuition.†
Any amount that you can give will be greatly appreciated, whether itís $10 or $10,000.† You may donate online at www.risalainstitute.com
Your brother Atiba--