RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Zakat Foundation (CZF), is focusing on educational support for families in need and has created corpus fund from the obligatory charity 'zakat' to extend assistance for the academic needs of children.
'Zakat' is paid at the rate of 2.5% on assets, on which one year has lapsed. Take the case of Afsha Bano, who lost her father when she was a child. She was all smiles after her hope to accomplish her studies was rekindled by the foundation. Bano is now a student of Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Another recipient Abdul Haque, who is a labourer and resident of Chirmiri, felt reassured by zakat assistance which will help in shaping the destiny of his two sons. "It was tough for me to support mywho is doing engineering and another who is aspiring to become a doctor," he said.
As many as 149 students received the zakat amount through cheques for their school fee and books at a simple function organised at G N Pandey government school auditorium in Raipur on Tuesday. Syed Akil and Mohammed Tahir of the CZF said that the selection and short-listing process of students was judiciously undertaken to ensure only deserving students remain beneficiaries. About Rs 7 lakh zakat fund was given away asto 149 students, most of them girls.
(The Times Of India / 20 August 2015)
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