Over 3,400 Muslim youngsters and kids stood in line this week in Nigeria to obtain meals bins from Chabad shlichim for the vacation of Ramadan, COL reported.
“It’s an indication of co-existence and mutual respect,” one of many shlichim defined to COL.
In line with the Collive web site, this isn’t the primary time that Chabad has helped impoverished residents of Nigeria.
Rabbi Israel and Haya Uzan, co-directors of Chabad of Nigeria have established many humanitarian initiatives in Nigeria since establishing their Chabad Home in 2013, together with an eyeglass-distribution program, packages for youngsters with particular wants, expertise courses for locals and aiding native orphanages.
In line with an interview with Rabbi Uzan a couple of years in the past on Ynet in an article entitled: “In Nigeria, Chabad Home Is Not For Jews Solely,” the Jewish group in Nigeria is generally comprised of Israelis who’re working at Israeli corporations or are there on enterprise or humanitarian work.
Rabbi Uzan mentioned that from the time he arrived in Nigeria, serving to the native residents grew to become a significant a part of his mission.
“From our first day in Nigeria, we determined it was crucial not solely to take care of the Jews, but in addition to see what change we may carry to this place,” Rabbi Uzan mentioned. “My perception was that if we need to be a part of it, and actually interact in Kiddush Hashem, we should look into methods to assist. Nigeria is a really poor nation, and there’s no scarcity of issues that may be finished. We seemed for locations we may combine with the Chassidic spirit we carry with us.”
When requested how Nigerians react to their chessed work, Rabbi Uzan mentioned: “Nigeria is a rustic of believers. They see the ‘Chosen Individuals’ (as they name the Jews) as very particular folks. It’s a part of their Christian custom, so they’re very enthusiastic about it.”
“We obtain monetary backing from a charity fund of the Waki household from France, along with Israeli corporations which function within the nation, some in numerous safety fields, like Eyal Mesika’s firm, they usually assist fund these initiatives.”
Rabbi Uzan additionally spoke about his work for the Muslim group, aiding refugees: “It’s for Muslim youth that flee northern Nigeria due to the fear of teams resembling Boko Haram. There are numerous needy households.”
“There may be an present humanitarian group, and we’re funding two initiatives via it: one, a primary roof, and the opposite, toddler components. Due to the security-related circumstances, it is crucial for us to fund initiatives for each religions, to make it clear that we assist all of the needy, no matter their faith.”
The Ynet interviewer expressed shock that Rabbi Uzan was serving to so many non-Jews, saying: “The Chabad Home is meant to be for Jews, isn’t it?”
“That’s fully unfaithful,” Rabbi Uzan replied. “The Lubavitcher Rebbe addressed this concern explicitly and harassed the necessity to contribute to the local people. On this sense, we aren’t any exception. There are Chabad Homes somewhere else that assist the local people in numerous methods. It’s a Jewish worth to assist whoever wants it, no matter whether or not they’re Jewish or not, and there may be in fact a number of Kiddush Hashem in it.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)