The city of Christchurch, New Zealand, is reeling following a devastating terrorist attack on two mosques that has left 49 people dead. Here’s how you can help the community affected by this mass shooting.
New Zealand Islamic Information Centre
Writer Iskra Khan shared an extensive Facebook post on how best to support Muslim people and communities who are processing the news; her posts includes two verified donation links. One is for money that will go to the NZIIC - New Zealand Islamic Information Centre. In their campaign, they write:
All proceeds will help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families. No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way.
You can donate here.
New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups
A page was also set up by the New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups on New Zealand’s crowd funding site Give A Little, but likely because of the traffic for Christchurch, the site is experiencing technical issues:
Sorry to anyone having trouble on @givealittle at the moment- we are currently experiencing 20x our normal site traffic. If you are having trouble donating please hang in there and try again ????
— givealittle (@givealittle) March 15, 2019
You can check in on this link over the coming days to see if it comes back up.
There is a functioning Give A Little link for Victim Support, who write they will “use all donations received to this page to provide support and resources for people affected by the Christchurch shootings and their family members”. The money on the donation page is in New Zealand dollars, which are worth about $0.97 in Australian currency. You can donate here.
Al Manar Charity Trust
This is to offer a simple help from the community around New Zealand to support the affected families. It is a very tragic situation in Christchurch. Many of our beloved brothers and sisters were martyred.
You can donate here.
Khan also recommends reaching out to your local mosque or Muslim community organisation to see if they’re collecting donations or planning charity events; if you’re low on funds, this is an opportunity to offer your volunteer work to help.