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FAQs

1. How does the “build a mosque each year” scheme work?


2. Where is Penny Appeal building mosques?

 
3. How are the locations for mosques chosen?

 
4. What does it mean if I pay for a massala?

 
5. Why does the cost of a mosque vary so much?

 
6. How long does it take to build a mosque?

 
7. Can I make a regular payment?

 
8. I can no longer afford the monthly payment. What can I do?

 
9. Is my payment secure?

 
10. Why should I Gift Aid my donation?

 

 

1. How does the “build a mosque each year” scheme work?

Each person who signs up donates £100 a month, and we sort donors into groups of nine. After all nine in the group have made their 12 monthly installments there is enough in the collective fund to build a small mosque, and we instruct our teams to go ahead.

Building a mosque, as you can imagine, requires a lot of planning and preparation, and the whole process can take 12 months. Once complete, each of the nine donors in the “committee” will receive a feedback report on the mosque, which will be similar to a Thirst Relief feedback report, showing where the mosque is located, photos of the construction work and finished mosque, and a message from the imam.

It’s an incredibly rewarding thing to do as duas made at each mosque are attributed to all supporters.

The more people who join the “build a mosque a month” scheme the more successful it will be, giving more brothers and sisters around the world the chance to pray, learn and mark special occasions together.

With each of the nine donors contributing £1,200, a small pot of money is leftover after the build and will go on to provide things such as food and agricultural tools for the community.

 

2. Where is Penny Appeal building mosques?

We are building mosques across Asia and Africa.

 

3. How are the locations for mosques chosen? 

Exact locations are determined by community groups and local elders as they know where mosques are in greatest demand. A lot of planning goes in to building a mosque and we have to be mindful of land and resource availability too.

 

4. What does it mean if I pay for a massala?

Paying for a prayer space (massala) is much more than simply providing a physical piece of a mosque – it means contributing to the whole build project and giving a community a dedicated place to pray for years to come. Your £100 donation per masalla helps to fund the initial development costs of the mosque, prayer hall and wudu facilities, such as buying the land and materials, paying the applicable taxes and wages for the construction workers, and also contributes towards the ongoing costs and liabilities, such as utilities supplies and maintenance.


5. Why does the cost of a mosque vary so much?

The cost of building a mosque depends on several factors, including the country, the specific location, the availability of resources and builders, the size and facilities of the mosque, and so on. We aim to tailor mosques to local requirements wherever possible and always focus on value for money and ensuring each mosque has a long life and brings maximum benefit to the community.

 

6. How long does it take to build a mosque?

This will depend on location and size of the mosque. Each building project will be carefully planned to ensure it is completed to the highest standards to give it the longest life. We would rather take our time to make sure that everything is just right than rush through the process.

 

7. Can I make a regular payment?

Yes, small payments made regularly can make a big difference – this is the Penny Appeal way.You can set up an affordable monthly Direct Debit and help us build mosques for just pennies per day.

Automatic, monthly payments are the most efficient way to support Penny Appeal they reduce the cost of administration. Regular commitments allow us to plan ahead and ensure we have a reliable source of income to provide support and empower development. 

 

8. I can no longer afford the monthly payment. What can I do?

Please get in touch with us before cancelling your monthly payment as we could reduce the amount so that you can still help us provide life-changing aid. It also helps if you tell us first so that we can update our records.

 

9. Is my payment secure?

We only use secure systems with banking standard safety features to make sure that your payment and financial data cannot be compromised. All online payments are securely processed via KeyIVR Ltd, PayPal or SmartDebit and no financial data is retained on our servers.

 

10. Why should I Gift Aid my donation?

It really helps us if you can Gift Aid your sponsorship or donation – it increases the value of your donation by 25%.If you are a UK taxpayer, selecting to 'Gift Aid' your donation (either by checking the box online or ticking the box on a paper donation form) will make it worth more to us at no extra cost to you.

 

In order for Penny Appeal to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, you must have paid income or capital gains tax (in the UK) equal to the tax that will be claimed by all the charities that you donate to (currently 25p for every £1 you give) in the same tax year. 


The tax reclaimed will be used to help fund the administration costs of the charity so more of your actual donation can go directly to those in need. 


Gift Aid can be added to your donation if you are donating your own money. We regret that Gift Aid cannot be reclaimed if you are paying donations you collected from others, even if everyone was a UK taxpayer. Neither can it be reclaimed on donations made by companies. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. Gift Aid can not be claimed on payments for any ticketed events.


Please notify us if you are no longer eligible, wish to cancel this declaration, change your name or home address or if you no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. 


By ticking the box you agree that you are eligible to claim Gift Aid as explained above and that we can treat this donation, any donations made in the last 4 years and future donations as Gift Aid and that  you understand that if you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

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