A CHARITY manager is working on a project to help the homeless as part of an international campaign.

Gulshan Rehman, from Brierfield, runs the UK arm of the Muslim charity, Hajja Naziha (HNCO).

The charity helps efforts towards projects helping to feed the needy, provide water aid to third world countries and emergency relief to disaster-stricken places.

Every other Wednesday, HNCO joins the community in a Homeless Outreach evening in Burnley, at Thompson Centre car park, where those in need can go for a hot meal, tea, fresh fruit, cold drinks and more.

With help from the community, the charity also provides free haircuts, clean socks and underwear, and hygiene packs.

Mrs Rehman said: “The charity means a lot to me, as I have been lucky to have been blessed in so many ways and I want to help those who need our help.

“I want to help through feeding, clothing, educating and in any other way I can.

“Simple things like cleaning your teeth or brushing your hair, which we do several times a day, can become a rare event when you don’t have a roof over your head.

“So many of us will never know what it’s like to not have regular access to a bathroom and a wash bag, but just because these men and women don’t have that, it doesn’t mean they have any less self-pride than we do.”

Charity founder Hajjah Naziha Kabbani, who lives in America with her husband Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, encourages Muslims around the world to help those in need.

Mrs Rehman asked Mrs Kabbani for permission to start the UK-based arm of her organisation.

She said: “I have had the pleasure of meeting and travelling with Hajjah Naziha for many years and have learnt so much from her, she has been a true inspiration.

“The more I learnt about her and her family and the work they have been doing all over the world for many years, the more I wanted to carry her legacy on by doing it here in the UK and closer to home in Lancashire.

“She is a very kind, warm lady full of love and who is selfless in every way.”

“Love radiates from her.”

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