It first hit Haiti. A massive and powerful hurricane, defined as Category 5 with sustained 150 mph winds struck the impoverished nation. After leaving behind a trail of destruction, the storm made its way to the southeastern coast of the United States. It was the deadliest storm to touch down in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy, with an excess of $15 billion in damages.
After homes, as well as the hearts of people, were torn apart by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) mobilized to help families get back on their feet. ZF intervened by launching immediate relief efforts. Within days, ZF aid workers were cleaning up wrecked neighborhoods reduced to rubble.
ZF concentrated its relief operations in Lumberton, North Carolina, which had been all but submerged in the rising waters. Fresh food was prepared for more than 700 people, and hundreds received clean clothing and hygiene kits, which were desperately needed for residents forced to flee their homes.
In honor of ZF’s contributions to affected families and communities, North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NCVOAD) awarded Mr. Murat Kose for mobilizing a team of volunteers into the field. NCVOAD hosted a meeting on July 18, 2017, to honor their candidates and Mr. Kose was delighted to receive a plaque on behalf of his work with ZF.
“Zakat Foundation has been responding to the major disasters in the United States for the last 10 years,” Mr. Kose said. “It’s great to know that other organizations have been recognizing our work so that we can continue our work.”
NCVOAD is composed of various organizations that come together in response to emergency disasters. Members who are honored with this award have been a great help in contributing to communities in need regarding the aftermath effects of Hurricane Matthew disaster damages.
ZF helps those near to them, as well as those across the globe, to ensure that all people receive their necessary aid. Donate to Zakat Foundation today to help strengthen communities and empower lives following emergency disasters.