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Our Story

from our founder Dyma Abu-Oleim:

200 Muslim Women Who Care was founded in 2017 by my dear friend Farah Modi-Khan and myself to honor the essence of our Islamic faith by fulfilling our responsibility to our neighbors in Tampa Bay. We wanted to have Muslim women commit to the care of their neighbors by being of those who not just believe–but act in dedicated service to their local community. We sought to give voice to a much needed organization in the Muslim community; one which unites women of culturally diverse backgrounds and fosters inclusivity. With so many negative images of Islam in the media, we aspired for people to know who Muslim women are. The Muslim women we know are strong, vocal, brilliant and compassionate to the world around them. We recognized that our philanthropic efforts tend to be individually realized, which dilutes the impact Muslim women make on their communities. Our organization was founded with the principle that together, we are stronger, so we set out on our mission to leverage the collective compassion and philanthropy of Muslim women. We modeled our organization after 100 People Who Care – a movement of dedicated people who play active roles in improving their communities. 

Our purpose is twofold:

1) be charitable, a key Islamic pillar. We encourage Muslim Women to make a tangible difference in their broader communities; and

2) educate and connect Muslim women to local Tampa nonprofits in order to promote and raise awareness to successful community efforts and provide opportunities for collaboration.

200 Muslim Women Who Care is committed to creating and nurturing powerful bonds that will serve to strengthen Tampa Bay. We believe that the greatest threat to progress is the belief that challenges are too complex to overcome. Therefore, our approach is to collectively take small steps to enrich our communities.

Dedication

200 Muslim Women Who Cares blossomed in to its fruition because of our first founding members. Through their dedication, patience, loyalty and trust; we have been able to stand strong. We are forever grateful and would like to acknowledge the following founding members:

Abeer
Abida
Abir
Afrose
Aishah
Alam
Allia
Ameenah
Amina
Asma
Aziza
Dahlia
Dalia
Dina
Dyma
Eman
Fahema
Fahima
Falasteen
Farah
Fareeha
Farha
Fatima
Ghada
Hadeel
Hanin 

Heyam
Hiyam
Ida  
Iman
Iyat
Jamillah
Janan
Jenin
Kathleen
Kariman
Labibah
Lama
Lamees
Layalie
Layla
Leena
Lena
Lily
Linda
Madiha
Magda
Maisa
Mary
May
Maysoon
Maysoun

Minal
Nadia
Nadia
Nadia
Najla
Nasefeh
Nasrin
Neda
Nimeh
Noor
Nura
Olah
Raida
Rana
Rana
Randa
Randa
Rasha
Reem
Rema
Ribeih
Riham
Ruba
Rusmieah
Sabeen
Sabrina

Sadyne
Saima
Saima
Saima
Salwa
Samah
Samar
Samira
Sana
Sayeeda
Sunny
Sereen
Serene
Shaheen
Sireen
Sobia
Sonia  
Souzan
Somoud
Sumaiya
Sumaya
Summer
Sumrana
Tahani
Tamador
Zunera 

 

Core Values

These are the principles that guide our work. By adhering to these values we hope to inspire our community and create a sustainable organization and legacy for our daughters, nieces, and mentees to continue.

 
 
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Belief in God

Our belief in God is what drives us. We have a mission on earth to live a life with purpose higher than self. As Muslim women we know it is our duty to support all of humanity and be the change we wish to see in the world.

 
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Belief in People

We believe that the most successful organizations collaborate with other agencies to support the needs of the community. We invest in people because we believe in them and their vision. Our organization can accomplish more if it attempts to complement the existing resources available in the community rather than duplicate them. By supporting existing initiatives in Tampa Bay, and the people who direct them, we learn ways to support our local Muslim community as well.

 
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Trust

We are committed to careful stewardship of all human, natural and financial resources. This means we use carefully the time of our members and we spend wisely the funds invested in us. In addition, we will be environmentally responsible by utilizing eco-friendly means to promote our organization.

 
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Diversity

Our group comprises women of diverse backgrounds who are united in faith. We celebrate, respect, and support the diversity of those living in the Tampa Bay Area regardless of–but not limited to–faith, culture, or political ideology.


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High Standards  

We hold our Board of Directors, Members, and grantees to the highest possible standards.  Our faith teaches us that God has prescribed perfection in all things. We strive for excellence in everything we do. In turn, we hope to be shining examples in the communities we live in and serve.   

 
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Empowerment

We are dedicated to empowering our Muslim community by engaging them with the amazing people and organizations around Tampa Bay who work tirelessly to make our communities happier, healthier, cleaner and safer to live.

 
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Integrity

Our organization will nominate and support honorable initiatives in the community. We trust our grantees to carry out the work they do and to use the organization's resources with integrity and honesty. We will also conduct our work in a way that is honest, transparent and ethical.