The Arabic word ‘Al Jisr’ literally means ‘the bridge’ – a universal symbol of progress, overcoming challenges, and facilitating new possibilities. Moreover, the bridge represents networking and cooperation.

Its significance to our organization speaks for itself. In close collaboration with our continuously expanding network of expert partners, the Al Jisr Foundation enables communities to make the critical transition from poverty to opportunity through (emergency) healthcare and education.

Our Vision

A world without poverty or hunger, in which all people have access to clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education.

Our Mission

To bridge the gap between poverty and opportunity by enabling effective initiatives in (emergency) healthcare and education.

Our Philosophy: Catalytic philanthropy & creation of transformative change

Our philosophy derives from the old tale narrated by Anas Ibn Malik:

A man of the Ansar came to the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and begged from him.

He (the Prophet) asked: Have you nothing in your house? He replied: Yes, a piece of cloth, a part of which we wear and a part of which we spread (on the ground), and a wooden bowl from which we drink water.

He said: Bring them to me. He then brought these articles to him and He (the Prophet) took them in his hands and asked: Who will buy these? A man said: I shall buy them for one dirham. He said twice or thrice: Who will offer more than one dirham? A man said: I shall buy them for two dirhams.

He gave these to him and took the two dirhams and, giving them to the Ansari, he said: Buy food with one of them and hand it to your family, and buy an axe and bring it to me. He then brought it to him. The Apostle of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) fixed a handle on it with his own hands and said: Go, gather firewood and sell it, and do not let me see you for a fortnight. The man went away and gathered firewood and sold it. When he had earned ten dirhams, he came to him and bought a garment with some of them and food with the others.

The Apostle of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) then said: This is better for you than that begging should come as a spot on your face on the Day of Judgment. Begging is right only for three people: one who is in grinding poverty, one who is seriously in debt, or one who is responsible for compensation and finds it difficult to pay.

Hadith 1637, book 3, translation of Sunan Abu Dawood, Kitab Al Zakat

Following in the footsteps of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), the Al Jisr Foundation focuses its efforts on strategic initiatives which have the potential of leveraging high-impact, transformative change.

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Catalytic philanthropy & creation of transformative change
Catalytic philanthropy & creation of transformative change

Catalytic philanthropy & creation of transformative change