our main goal for the carnival had been to help the children in the House of Charity. Since it is not funded by the government, they work hard to earn money that would be donated for surgical procedures which gives them a brighter future. Since the kids are different because of deformity in their faces or limbs which were caused by accidents, fires, or other reasons, we wanted people to reach out generously and try to help improve their lives rather than turning away from them with disgusted looks and heavy hearts. The children arrive from different countries across the globe to the United States in order to be ensured proper attention for their medical needs. By hosting this carnival we wanted to get the community together to recognized the needs of other brothers and sisters who come to live temporarily in Houston. By keeping the carnival at Masjid Attaqwa, we were able to have a diverse group of people come and enjoy it in an Islamic environment. In the future however, we would like to host the carnival at a more public venue in order to get the support from other members of the community.
Since the theme of our carnival focused on kids, we thought this would be a good chance for other kids to give back to the community. We had more than 20 volunteers ranging from ages 5-18, along with the help of our parents. The volunteers were recruited based on the will to work and responsibility. Not only did kids from our MSA volunteer, but also from other MSA’s in the Greater Houston Area, University of Houston, HCC, along with various middle and elementary schools. All the volunteers were expected to handle their designated game booths which included food stall, ticket stand, and many different games. We were able to conduct a safe and enjoyable carnival and raised a total of $909.50.
we feel the carnival went very well and better than we could have ever imagined. However, we did have a rocky road to achieving our goal. Our main problem was the budget, due to our low MSA treasury, but still we pitched in and were able to buy all the necessities. Along with the budget, the tables we were planning on renting were costing more than one hundred dollars. Thanks to Nu Trend, we were able to use the tables for free! Another big concern for us was the public. How were we supposed to get word out about our carnival? After having fliers donated to us, we were able to send them out to various Mosques, Islamic Schools, and other locations in the Houston Area including Dar-Ul-Aqram, Makkah Masjid, Al-Noor, and Imaan Academy. Along with the fliers, were advertised frequently on Radio Naya Andaaz and Facebook.