EDUCATION & TRAINING
YMA Has found suitable people in remote locations and oﬀered intensive Imam and teacher training to them.
With this they were able to return to their home towns and teach the local people the necessary knowledge of Islam.
Additionally, they are able to keep in touch with our own scholars in case they need assistance in answering diﬃcult questions.
So far 12 such people have been found, and YMA are continuously on the lookout for more.
YMA hope to be able to continue to oﬀer this type of training courses and seminars in other areas around Kenya.
Besides its own schools, YMA also has an outreach program that oﬀers assistance to other schools or sponsors children with the necessary things to be able to attend school.
YMA has provided assistance to many schools in Kenya, including: Najah Children’s home, Ridha Children’s home, Garissa School for the Deaf, and Garissa Special School for the Disabled.
YMA makes it a point that in areas where droughts or ﬂoods occur, assistance is provided. One of the locations YMA prefers to provide assistance is at the schools in the poorest areas.
In addition to humanitarian assistance, YMA also provides food and clothes to students during Ramadan and other religiously signiﬁcant times.
It is of signiﬁcance that many students who have beneﬁted from our outreach program go on to keep a favourable impression of YMA. Of note, the current Majority Leader of the National Assembly of Kenya, Aden Duale, was born in Garissa and has publicly mentioned being a beneﬁciary of the YMA Outreach Program.
Additional notable people who have mentioned beneﬁting from the outreach program include: Honorable Sister Soﬁya Abdi Noor (Member of Parliament) and Hon. Dr. Muhammad Dahiye (Member of Parliament).
The full extent of exactly how many people have beneﬁted from the outreach program is unknown.
Since the establishment of the YMA, education and opportunity have been its focal point. YMA, within its limited resources, has tried to provide as much meaningful education to Muslim children. In order to assist bright, poor students in acquiring quality education, YMA awards bursaries to promising students at secondary, college, and university levels.
YMA has not set a limit per year of the number of bursaries it awards, but any child that the teachers identify as having innate talent and is hard-working can be considered to be eligible for a bursary for higher education.
This bursary program has identiﬁed and beneﬁted thousands of students across the country (even students who were not educated at our institute).
It is with great pride that YMA can claim to have assisted in producing: Kenyan Ambassadors, a Provisional Director of Education, a Commissioner of the Constitution Review Committee, a Commissioner of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission,numerous doctors, engineers, High Court lawyers, educators and so many more in multiple diﬀerent ﬁelds.
It is also noteworthy that many of the old boys have played active role in the management of the centre over the years. Currently, the warden, works supervisor and a few others of the centre staﬀ are all former sponsored orphans of YMA.
Additionally, at YMA’s national level are two current members of the executive committee: Doctor I. M. Ali (formerly vice chairman), and engineer Abdulraashid (formerly the assistant secretary general), are both old boys of the centre; and Idrees Farah (Formerly Kenya’s Provisional Director of Education) is one of YMA’s Trustees.
To date, YMA has sent more than 300 students to university to attain professional qualiﬁcations.
YMA’s Orphan sponsorship program includes Quran recitation and memorisation classes, and basic Islamic knowledge classes.
These classes give enough Islamic education to each student to not only be able to manage their day to day lives in an Islamic manner, but also to lead prayers and be proud of their Islamic heritage in front of all others.
Although some facilities can aﬀord these classes for their children, many cannot. As such, these facilities are also available to other children from poor backgrounds should a sponsor be available.
YMA also sponsors Nakuru Islamic Centre, a madrasah in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province. This institute currently as 24 students studying Hifz. Furthermore, 37 students have successfully graduated as Huﬀaz.
Sponsorship of a Haﬁz requires three years of support and will cost US$50 per month.
These students are provided the same beneﬁts as the orphans: meals, healthcare and school classes within the campus.
Zakaah is also suitable for this project.
To date, YMA has sponsored over 250 Huﬀaz. The amazing thing of which is many have gone on to teach Hifz themselves. So the true number that have become Haﬁz through the program is unknown.
The Messenger of Allah has said: “Whoever reads the Qur’an, learns it and acts in accordance to it, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be as the light of the sun, and his parents will be given garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world.They will ask, “Why have we been given this to wear?” It will be said to them, “Because you got you child to learn the Qur’an. al-Haakim
Many scholars believe this would also apply to one who sponsors a child to be able to learn the Qur’an by heart.