10 July 2020

Throughout May, Infineum colleagues demonstrated their compassion and generosity by donating $690,000 to a wide range of charities around the world.

Covid-19 has caused extraordinary global disruption, with the charitable sector hit especially hard. Many charities are having to deliver additional services, to the most vulnerable in society, with fewer volunteers and staff members, at a time when traditional fundraising activities are simply not an option. This series of articles highlights how Infineum colleagues support their local communities and make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.

Raising money to help the children of Morocco and Yemen has a very special significance for Tasneem Suleman.

Tasneem, a Regional Sourcing Leader at Milton Hill, volunteered for seven weeks at an orphanage run by the Rita Zniber Foundation, while she is going through the process of adopting her son Idris.

Idris was brought to the orphanage at six days old and Tasneem witnessed how tirelessly staff at the orphanage worked to care for him and all the children.

With international borders closed due to the pandemic, Tasneem has been forced to postpone plans to bring her son from Morocco to the UK, but in the meantime she’s been inspired to raise money for the Foundation.

The orphanage had to close its doors to minimise the spread of the virus to staff and children, and donations are important so it can sustain its operations and continue its care for the children.

Tasneem said:

This is important to me and my son as it’s where he has been cared for. I plan to have an annual fundraising event which will also enable my son to understand the act of giving and have a link with his heritage. 

And after learning that at least one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen, often due to widespread starvation, diseases that are easily preventable and a lack of proper healthcare, Tasneem wanted to help there too, especially now that she is a new mother herself.

The importance of giving back and helping those in less fortunate situations is something my parents taught me from a very young age,

said Tasneem, who sadly lost her father recently.

It’s important to practice gratitude and being able to make a small difference to someone’s life brings you happiness and satisfaction, especially in these testing times when Covid-19 has impacted so many lives.

Tasneem’s crowdfunding campaigns raised £450 for the Yemen Emergency Appeal and £4,110 for the Foundation, which led to matched funding for other charities under Infineum’s Covid-19 charity initiative.

Tasneem can’t wait to have her son back in her arms again knowing that now all the paperwork for adoption and visa application has been completed, she will be able to bring her son home when the situation allows. In the meantime, she remains positive, helped by the video calls she is able to have with Idris every other day.

 

“Infineum has supported me throughout my adoption journey through flexible working which has enabled me to fulfil all the commitments needed for the intercountry adoption process whilst managing work priorities,”

added Tasneem.

If you would like to read other stories from this series, please click on the following links:
   • An incredible result for Infineum Covid-19 charity initiative
   • Infineum colleagues donate vital PPE in Brazil
   • A very generous $20,000 gesture from Singapore
   • Helping protect local children in Zhangjiagang
   • Vital items to support local community in Cologne
   • Infineum Italy colleagues give an hour to save lives
   • A crafty approach to tackling Covid-19

 

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