Muslim community raising funds to build a school for children affected by Syrian conflict

Syrian children at a school in the government-held side of the war-torn northern city of Aleppo on Nov 17, 2014. The Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF), together with mosques in Singapore, hopes to raise at least $350,000 for a school for children
Syrian children at a school in the government-held side of the war-torn northern city of Aleppo on Nov 17, 2014. The Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF), together with mosques in Singapore, hopes to raise at least $350,000 for a school for children of Syrian refugees, which will be located in the border town of Kilis in south-eastern Turkey. -- PHOTO: AFP  

SINGAPORE - The Muslim community here is raising funds to build a school for children of Syrian refugees, who have been affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF), together with the mosques in Singapore, is hoping to raise at least $350,000 for the school, which will be located in a building in the border town of Kilis in Southeastern Turkey.

This is the RLAF's second round of fundraising, which will go towards paying for the school building facilities. Donation boxes will be placed at all 69 mosques from Friday to next Thursday, Dec 11. The boxes will be marked "Singapore Muslim Community's Special Collection for School Project for Children of Syrian Refugees".

A first round of donations in April collected $240,000, of which $90,000 was used to send relief in the form of food packages, hot food, medicine, clean water, school and household supplies. The remaining $150,000 has been set aside for the school.

RLAF and the Aid to Syrian Refugees in Turkey campaign is working on this project with Turkish humanitarian agency Kimse Yok Mu, which will provide the teachers, remuneration and utilities for the school.

Students have already started to register for the school, RLAF said in a statement on Thursday.

Donations can be in cash or by cheque. The cheque should be made payable to "RLAF" with the words "Special Collection In Aid of Syrian Refugees" written on its back.

The cash and cheques can be delivered to the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore building at the Singapore Islamic Hub along Braddell Road. Contributions can also be done online via www.muis.gov.sg/epayment/Donations.aspx.