Elysian Project is not an ordinary charity. We are not about giving hand outs to people ...so that they can spend it on unnecessary stuff and 6 months down the line they are in the same position asking for more money! That achieves very little and also leaves the people forever dependent. The more money one throws at a problem without dealing with the root cause of the problem, the greater that problem becomes.
We will have a contingency fund for emergency relief - for example, if there is a natural disaster like in Pakistan, Haiti, Japan etc. We will also utilise this contingency budget for times of war where organisations may need money for relief efforts or for when a family is in desperate need. If some bastard soldier in Kashmir ordestroys a home and makes a family homeless - we can throw a little money to bring short term stability to that family until such time we can work out a proper solution for their long term future.
The main focus of the Charity is one of Self Sufficiency! Where we focus on eliminating poverty by enabling the people to help themselves. Facilitators if you will.
So, if a family is poor and we can help put a child through education rather than have that child in a sweatshop working, we will endeavor to do that - this way that child can grow up with prospects, get a job and help support his family.
We will look into setting up small business for families - perhaps a shop, or buy them a sewing machine so they can do some tailoring, maybe even buy a piece of farming equipment to make life easier or productivity less wasteful -
When we set up these businesses - we guide them by keeping a foot hold in the business - make sure that the business grows and we educate them on book keeping and business development -
We then keep a stake in the business - say 10% - we use that 10% to to inject cash back into the charity so that others may be helped.
We can open up the charity to ideas - so young people can come to us with a business plan - we will look at their plan and if we believe it is going to be successful; we will assist them morally, intellectually and financially to make their business a viable source of income - we keep 10% and we re invest in someone else.
OR – WE INVEST THE 10% INTO THEIR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION
Not only does this get people working; It gives them dignity as they are not relying on hand outs; It makes them no longer dependent on the Charity; but it generates an income for the charity which can be used to help other in similar need - It also brings the people we help into the charity and gives them the opportunity to help others.
Once we do this in places like Kashmir, In Palestine, In Bangladesh etc. - we can go to other countries and do the same there - eventually there will be a network of people who own business as a result of the charity helping many others with their 15%.
One final thing - The charity is also a propaganda tool! Not a single Muslim charity helps non Muslims - yet many Christian Charities help Muslim people .
Our organisation will not discriminate - If there is a natural disaster in Haiti or anywhere and we can help women and children from death and starvation; we will work with all organisation to assist. This will suddenly bring us into a prominent position as we will be setting a trend for Muslim charities - showing them that as Muslims, we should help all if we can. It will also stop all the people who say 'what Muslim charity helps non Muslims then' from criticising Muslims and Islam as uncaring.
We will start off small – helping local people in Kashmir, Pakistan, Palestine and Bangladesh – As the charity grows, we and our remit grows with it – we want to become global – to help all people in need and to show people that Islam will help them, Muslims will help them – We may change the perception of Muslims around by our work.