Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Our mission is to provide sustainable solutions to humanitarian causes in East Africa.
Our vision is to mobilize and empower local communities in East Africa to promote self-sufficiency in addressing humanitarian causes while avoiding poverty obscenity and maintaining transparency between donors and recipients. This includes detailing the allocation of project funds and separate administrative costs and respecting our recipients’ privacy and autonomy regarding media, including but not limited to photography and videography.
During the summer of 2021, on a vacation to Tanzania, Khawllah and Hosam met a local community member who kindly welcomed them into his community and home. Unfortunately, the local village of Mchecho in Unguja/Zanzibar did not have access to clean, running water and utilized local ocean water for their everyday needs. The nearest source of fresh water came from a well at a nearby village, which was about an hour away. Additionally, the village did not have access to electricity, which proved to be an added stressor in the community members’ lives. Determined to work with the community to provide resources to promote self-sufficiency, Khawllah and Hosam launched ‘The Ummah Project (TUP)’ with hopes of providing sustainable solutions to humanitarian causes in the region through community mobilization and empowerment.
Meet The Team
Co-Founder & CEO
As CEO, Khawllah voluntarily oversees all aspects of TUP. She ensures that the organization maintains its mission and goals while also making strides for growth.
Co-Founder & CFO
As CFO, Hosam voluntarily manages all financial aspects of the organization and ensures the integrity of all donations are honored. Aside from TUP, Hosam stays busy as a medical student in Arkansas and also has been a long-time volunteer for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance.
Executive Board Member & Field Operations Officer
In this role, Hamis works to establish and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders in both public and private at local and international levels. He is also involved in research and surveying of new project ideas and solutions to the diverse challenges facing in-need communities. He also leads the project team in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project at the ground level.
Executive Board Member & CMO
Leyla Abdella is a User Operations Specialist based in Boston, Massachusetts. As a first generation Ethiopian-American and Global Studies graduate, she holds a lifelong interest in international development. This passion led her to become a board member of The Ummah Project where she manages the organization’s marketing team.