Impact Stories

“The situation was extremely difficult for me”

“The situation was extremely difficult for me”

Maryama* fled her home country for Switzerland. Once there, she was abandoned by her husband and was left to fend for herself. From that moment on, alone in a mountainous region and without fully grasping the language, Maryama started to face several problems. She was...

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A new beginning

A new beginning

Initial situation: Family, flight & migration Yasser* fled persecution and torture in his home country. Trained as a computer scientist, Yasser got involved with a local environmental organization and collected signatures to raise awareness about pollution in a...

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‘I really don’t know what I should do’

‘I really don’t know what I should do’

As a student and a father, the COVID-19 lockdown made Hassan’s* situation very difficult as he could no longer work. Hassan, a student at a Swiss university, hoped that he could work alongside his studies in order to meet the needs of his small family. When the...

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‘I really don’t know how I can pay my bills’

‘I really don’t know how I can pay my bills’

A full-time student in a Swiss university, Zahra* was about to lose the diploma that she had sacrificed so much for. Zakat helped her get back on her feet. With most of her family living abroad, Zahra came to Switzerland to finish her academic training at one of the...

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Zakat on-the-ground: Khadija’s story

Zakat on-the-ground: Khadija’s story

Loss, debt, winter and isolation: how Zakat helped Khadija* and her children. Refugees from Syria, Khadija and her family arrived Switzerland hoping to start a new life. One year after arriving, Khadija lost her husband after he fell seriously ill and was left to take...

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