Support Rivers of Hope Anti-Islamophobia Workshops in the Greater Toronto Area
In the aftermath of the New Zealand Massacre, many of us with heavy hearts are thinking about what we can do to challenge the rising tide of Islamophobia and hate.
There is so much poisonous misinformation out there about Muslims. Whether it be biased media coverage, online hate propaganda, or harmful rhetoric from politicians and leaders.
Sadly, young people are absorbing all of these Islamophobic messages, and some of them are even being recruited and radicalized online by hate groups.
These are troubling times. But there is hope.
We absolutely can challenge and end Islamophobia through education. I have seen it happen.
Over the past year, the Rivers of Hope Collective has developed a dynamic workshop on Islamophobia, and our team of 14 young Muslim facilitators has been facilitating that workshop in schools and community organizations across the GTA.
We are making change. And this work is truly needed.
What makes our work effective is that we use the arts (including poetry, video, and theatre activities) and we pay attention to the specific needs and experiences of Muslim women, Black Muslims, and Muslims from other marginalized backgrounds.
We also provide resources and tips for how to support someone who has been though Islamophobic violence.
In order to build on the momentum we have created this year, we need your help.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 so that in the 2019-2020 school year we can:
- create a workshop specifically for elementary school students (we have learned that a lot of Islamophobic bullying takes place in elementary schools)
- continue and expand our work in high schools and community organizations
- make our website an online hub of free resources and information on Islamophobia and how to challenge it in schools and community spaces
We promise to honour your donation with hard work, dedication and passion. If you have any questions about our work, please reach out.
In solidarity, grief, and hope,
Sidrah Ahmad, M.A., Ph.D Candidate, Rivers of Hope Co-Founder
On behalf of the Rivers of Hope Collective
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