Since its inception in 2003, Muslim Families Network Society (MFNS) has offered a variety of programs to the community. Over time, as the needs changed, we added new programs, discontinued a few and revamped others. The programs are organized into three categories that align perfectly with our mission:
Providing the Essentials;
Empowering Youth and Children;
Bridging the Cultural Gap;
– PROVIDING THE ESSENTIALS
NEED FOR THE PROGRAM:
Access to food, clothing, furnishings, and the means of finding employment are the minimum pre-requisites for a dignified and respectable life. MFNS believes that without these basic requirements, individuals and families cannot take the critical steps needed for healthy integration into their society and become contributing citizens. MFNS generally supplements the support available through other organizations but in some cases, it is the sole provider of these services to individuals and families.
WHAT WE ARE DOING: To help our brothers and sisters in need, MFNS runs two programs
HALAL FOOD BANK
Where: Our Halal Food Bank is currently managed out of our office @ 3961 – 52 Ave NE, Building 1000, Unit 1129
Please call 403-466-6367 to book an appointment.
BI-ANNUAL CITY-WIDE FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVES
When: MFNS arranges Food and Clothing Drives twice a year. (In order to meet the increased demand on account of the Syrian Crisis, we organized an additional drive in 2016. Alhamdulillah, we were able to serve an unprecedented number of guests, thanks to our generous donors, hard working volunteers and dedicated board members)
– EMPOWERING YOUTH AND CHILDREN
NEED FOR SUCH A PROGRAM:
MFNS realizes that our successful future is dependant upon our youth. Without appropriate and timely mentorship and guidance there is risk of this vulnerable group getting lost in the chaos of life. However, when given the attention and respect they deserve, children can be the change that we all desire to see in this world.
Alberta has the youngest population of all Canadian provinces with a median age of just 36 ( 2014 statistics). People 65 and older make up only 11%.
The newly arrived Syrian families comprise more than 50% of children and youth. These kids have major gaps in their education, not to mention language and cultural barriers that need to be addressed through guidance and mentorship.
LEARN and LIVE QUR’AN PROGRAM
First started in 2007, this has alhamdulillah been our longest running program.
Enrolment: Max. 28 students
For Ages: 5 and up
Duration: Every Saturday from September to June
The program is run by professionals with active parental involvement.
Curriculum: includes Qur’an, Sunnah (teachings of the Prophet Mohammad Peace be upon Him), Tajweed (the science of correct recitation of the Qur’an), Tafseer (exegesis of the Qur’an), Memorization, Islamic studies and Islamic History. Parents are always welcome to share their points of view and add to the healthy discussions.
For more information or any questions please call: (403) 466 – 6367 OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TOASTMASTERS’ YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
A joint effort by MFNS and Toastmasters International, this is a perfect example of collaboration and coordination between two organizations with similar goals of empowering the children and youth. Since 2012, this is one of our most successful and sought after program
Enrolment: Seats are limited to 20, which fill up pretty fast and allow for maximum participation of all registrants.
Duration: It runs on average for 8 weeks, with 1 1/2 to 2-hr long sessions every Sunday.
Timing:11:30 am to 1:00pm
We recognize that there are multiple gaps that need to be addressed in order for people to successfully adapt to the Canadian environment and for Canada to be enriched by the diversity of cultures. The clients MFNS serves come from a variety of countries, each with its distinct culture. There is the obvious gap between the home culture and the Canadian environment, but there is also the disparity between cultural perspectives and authentic Islamic teachings, which is not always obvious.
Education and dialogue are the key tools that MFNS employs to bridge the various gaps. MFNS brings in key Muslim and non-Muslim speakers to speak at conferences and facilitate workshops. The topics selected are related to common societal issues and are chosen based on the opinion of community leaders and the general public through community surveys.
The 2017 FAMILY WELLNESS PROGRAM was held on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2017
Next program will be in 2018.
Its a FREE event and everyone is welcome.
The 12th Annual Social Issues Conference was held on October 13th/14th