The Start of the Moonlight Trust
Moonlight trust was born out of tragedy, kindness and hope. The charity was founded by Noushin Raja in memory of her brother Amaar, nicknamed ‘Moon’.
Moon was brutally killed and robbed in Dewsbury, England in May 2008 when he was just 17 years old. Wanting something good to come out of her brother’s death, Noushin set up Moonlight Trust to support those in need and continue her brother’s legacy.
“He was called Moon because he was a shining light to us and now he will bring light to those whose lives suffer from the darkness of poverty and oppression” says Noushin.
''We aim to provide food, water & medical support, to eradicate poverty & improve education''
Needy people all over the world, especially refugees, are receiving vital help and support from Moonlight Trust. The charity aims to provide them with basics such as food, water and medical treatment, but also seeks to eradicate poverty and improve education.
Even though the charity was born from tragedy, today it is known for its tremendous humanitarian work and the quality of its projects supporting people who have been displaced. Starting out supporting food banks in the UK, the charity has now delivered humanitarian projects and supported vulnerable communities in Greece, France, Serbia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Pakistan and Middle East, ranging from sponsoring emergency aid in refugee camps across the globe to building shelters for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The projects delivered are incredibly cost-effective: £50,000 was raised for Rohingya refugees and 100% of this was spent on aid. For the first 10 years, all the projects were delivered by volunteer staff including students and professionals from all backgrounds.