Union City Islamic school fights for survival during the pandemic

The Miftaahul Uloom Academy is asking for donations to stay afloat

Students of the Miftaahul Uloom Academy
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Students of the Miftaahul Uloom Academy

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating effect, businesses, houses of worship, and everyone else are fighting for survival both physically and financially.

Due to Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order and social distancing measures, many establishments have been forced to close for good as most residents remain inside.

In Hudson County, one place of worship is really feeling the pain from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Miftaahul Uloom Academy Islamic School in Union City is asking for donations to keep the doors open.

The school has lost several sources of income as a result of social-distancing measures, according to a press release from The Miftaahul Uloom Academy. The closure is apparently causing a significant budget deficit which threatens to put the school out of business.

“We are at risk of losing our school, our teachers, and most tragically our students and families,” according to the release. “Your donation can make all the difference in keeping our school alive and in business throughout this unprecedented financial crisis.”

$30,000 needed to survive

Currently, teachers are still teaching online, working to keep students fully engaged through virtual education.

However, the Islamic School needs a minimum of $30,000 to stay open, and $75,000 to save the school, with a target goal of $150,000 to survive.

As of May 6, the academy had raised $6,376 out of the necessary $30,000 first goal, with 47 supporters so far. The fundraiser will run until May 23 at 12:45 a.m.

Donations can be made online. For more information, visit muanj.org.

Miftaahul Uloom Academy is at 501 15th Street in Union City.

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