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Urgent Appeal: COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Dear Zamanitarians,

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging us all during these unprecedented times, and Zaman is no different. As we work to help the most impoverished in our community, we need your support now more than ever. 

Please consider increasing your support of Zaman by contributing whatever you are able to spare at this time. $25 feeds a family of four, $50 feeds two families, $100 feeds four families, and $500 feeds twenty families — for a week.

As you know, Zaman has been closed to the general public since March 11 as we do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We have converted our vocational, literacy and life skills courses to online platforms. We are also employing telecommunications to manage our social work caseload and reach clients with basic needs. 

In adhering to the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order, we have canceled fundraising events and temporarily closed our Good Deeds Resale Shop. As a result, we are anticipating revenue losses of at least $175,000. To remain responsive during this crisis, we have realigned staff to best serve our neighbors in need. Unfortunately, we have had to put a limited number of staff on unpaid furlough. This is occurring as we increase our efforts to meet rising demand during this crisis. Under the Governor’s order, Zaman is considered an essential service as an emergency food provider.

Through our partnerships with local school districts, Gleaners Community Food Bank and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have already distributed emergency food to nearly 2,000 families. With key support from additional partners and donors like you, this work will continue to grow as we all grapple with the realities of COVID-19 in the months ahead.

Please consider donating whatever amount you can. Donations can be made directly online at or by contacting Zaman at or (313) 551-3994.

Together we must, and will, rise to meet the challenge presented by COVID-19. I appreciate your continued leadership and support as we serve our neighbors in need.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Najah Bazzy, RN
Founder & CEO
Zaman International

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