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 instalments, 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, showing where the mosque is located, photos of the construction work and the 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.
We are building mosques across Asia and Africa.
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.
Paying for a prayer space (massala) is much more than simply providing a physical piece of a mosque – it means contributing to the whole building 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.
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.
This will depend on the location and size of the mosque. Each building project will be carefully planned to ensure that 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.
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 as they reduce the cost of administration. Regular commitments allow us to plan ahead and ensure that we have a reliable source of income to provide support and empower development.
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 that 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 that 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 cannot 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.
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