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Mosque Befrienders Scheme

One of the key initiatives of EMC is the formation of the Mosque Befrienders’ Scheme. The befrienders, together with the Social Development Officers (SDO) at the mosques monitor the progress of Zakat recipients through home visits. These befrienders also encourage Zakat recipients to follow-up on small tasks, designed to restore their self-confidence and self-reliance. Currently, the EMC under Muis has about 600 befrienders at the mosques. Using Zakat funds, Muis works closely with experienced and trained social work practitioners to provide training to its befrienders so that they will be more effective in their help. Through these befrienders, Muis hopes to nurture a more caring Muslim community, which is sensitive to the plight of those in need.