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Rashida Azim Memorial

A Tribute to My Beloved Mother:

MY Project USA Is My Mother's Legacy!  

I Hope To Send Gifts To Her Everyday Through My Work Here


It is bittersweet to lose my mother on the last day of Ramadan. I am deeply saddened by her physical separation from me, but I am genuinely happy for her. She was surrounded by her loved ones for 13 days in Ramadan. We held her hands throughout this period and read Quran to her. She was visited by her loved ones physically and virtually in that period. People prayed for her across the globe on the most blessed days and nights of Ramadan. She gathered all of that and took off on the most blessed last day of Ramadan and was buried before the sunset. What a beautiful way to die and leave this World!

Dying in Ramadan is an honor and basically, a ticket to enter Heaven as the doors of Hell are closed in this month, according to the Islamic belief. God, the Most Merciful and the Most Just, grants this honor to those who earn it. As I look at my mother’s life, I have no doubt in my mind that she had earned it with bright colors. She was an amazingly sincere, generous, hardworking, compassionate, and loving mother, aunt, sister, and more at a personal level. She was a visionary, a fighter, a fierce advocate, and an organizer at the community level. Everything that I do today in my role as a community leader came from her. She took that road and showed me that it could be done even if you have nothing in your hands. 

Widowed at the age of 56 with teenage sons, my mother worked extremely hard to provide for her young sons while investing in the community. Before starting her catering business in Raleigh, NC, she started cooking biryani for 200-300 people every Friday to raise money for the Al-Iman School in 1995. She would cook, pack, and sell the biryani in the mosque. It was a lot of work and a huge commitment. She did that for 11 years. Hundreds of kids attended the school in the meantime. My mother became “Nani Jan” (grandma) to many of them for Friday food and they benefitted from her contributions to the school as well. 

In addition to her contribution to the school, she stood, walked, and worked hard to support dozens of other causes, people, and organizations. MY Project USA was one of her top priorities in the last five years. She contributed in many ways but most importantly by raising money for the organization when we did not have much support in the community. My mother would take it upon herself to provide us with basic supplies and incidentals needed to support a youth activity or a dinner. She made sure to make MY Project USA a part of her legacy. 

May Allah ta'ala make each and every client/student served by these organizations a sadaqa jariyah (continued charity) for her. May He immensely reward her and elevate her to the highest levels of Heaven. Indeed, she was one of a kind and will be missed dearly. I lost not only my mother last week, but our organization has lost a passionate donor, a dedicated volunteer, and a fierce advocate. We lost her prayers and her energized upbeat presence. An irreplaceable loss for me and the organization. 

On this blessed Friday, I ask you to keep her in your prayers. Please recite Fatiha for her. If you can, please donate in her memory here. I started this fundraiser not knowing that she will leave before we would conclude it. It has now become a memorial for her. May God accept it from her. 

I am deeply saddened by this separation, but I am proud and humbled for being her daughter. What an incredible life she lived! What a graceful, blessed death she had! I am utterly in awe! 

May God help me send gifts of good deeds to both of my parents everyday through my work at MY Project USA. Ameen.

In Solidarity with Youth & Families, 


Zerqa Abid, 

Founder & Executive Director, 

MY Project USA

Ramadan 2021 Fundraiser Report

Ramadan Children In Need Fundraiser
Ramadan Fundraiser 2021

Thank You!

Over $100,000 Raised to Support Hundreds of Youth & Families

Over $14,000 worth of Food & Meals Were Distributed to Over 5000 Clients

In order to meet the community's needs and make MY Project USA self-sufficient, we need a million dollars this year. We have applied for several grants, but we must also  raise $250,000 this year from the community. By the Grace of God and the generosity of our family, we were able to reach the first tier of our Ramadan goal. You can help us reaching our next level by contributing now. 

Hilltop Tigers Soccer Club: Upcoming Summer Session

About 500 Kids Expected to Join

We are just one month away from our 2nd Hilltop Youth Soccer league

This league gives hundreds of children from the hilltop and surrounding areas a safe space to play, learn, grow and express themselves.

We are expecting about 500 kids to participate in our summer session.

There are so many people from this community young and old, who are passionate about the game of soccer. So, this year we hope to solidify our efforts of community development. By offering recreational fun soccer activities for the youth, and refereeing/coaching training and certification opportunities for adults. 

So far we have been doing our best to get prepared for this league. However, we still needed help from the rest of the community. This year we are desperately in need of full-sized goals for our second soccer field to use for this league and our soccer program.

With the help of the community, we would like to buy 2 standard-sized goals for our soccer program. Goals could cost somewhere between $2,000-$3,500 to buy.


Aden Mohamed

Hilltop Tigers Soccer Club Director, MY Project USA


MY Helpline: 

Rent & Utilities Support Available From COVID-19 Emergency Funds

We have been working very hard in securing grants and building collaboration with other partners to help our clients. Thanks to The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, and IMPACT Community Action, we are still able to help more of our families with their rent and utilities. If you or someone you know needs help, please ask them to contact us at 614-905-0977 or


8 Locations In Columbus To Drop Off Donations - Truck Pick Up Available For Large Donations

You can now drop off your donations of new and gently used clothes, shoes books, toys and other small non-breakable items in a donation box near you. These location Include: 

Noor Islamic Cultural Center -  5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin 43016
Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab -  580 Riverview Dr, Columbus, OH 43202
Masjid Nimrah - 4501 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
MAS Youth Center - 4615 Northtowne Blvd, Columbus, OH. 43229
Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) - 2885 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Ahlul Bayt Society - 2580 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
The First Congregational Church - 444 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Quick & Easy Mart -  4197 Cleveland Ave. Columbus
MY Deah's Warehouse - 4004 Fondorf Dr. Columbus, OH 43228.  During Business Hours Only

We are looking for more locations. If interested in helping us or have any other question, please contact us at


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