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Zam Zam is a UK registered charitable trust, formed in April 2003 by a group of volunteers with one common aim - to help improve the lives of the less fortunate. The main objective of Zam Zam is to promote awareness, raise funds and mobilise effort to meet the essential needs of some of the world’s poorest people. It currently operates primarily in Bangladesh through its sister organisation Zam Zam Bangladesh - a non-political organisation and registered Non-Governmental Organisation.

Current Programmes

  • Monthly allowance to the old, widows and orphans
    • We currently support more than 150 people by paying a monthly sum to help them meet the monthly cost of essential food.
    • You can sponsor one person by donating £6 per month or a whole family by donating £10 or £15 per month.
  • Education facilities in poor neighbourhoods
    • We finance 60 education centres for children, usually slum dwellers or street children, in deprived areas of Sylhet, Dhaka and Chittagong.
    • Each centre caters for an average of 50 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 15 years. Classes last 2.5 hours and are run 6 days a week.
    • This essential service provides basic education - to children who would otherwise no formal education and are often involved in drugs, alcohol or illegal activities - on moral principles, imaan and salaat and reading and writing in Bengali and English.
    • We provide periodic teacher training and monitor the centres very closely.
    • Our target is to increase the number of centres to 500.
    • The cost of running one centre is between £30 and £50 (depending on the size of the centre). This works out at approximately £1 per child per month.
    • You can sponsor a child at £1 per month or a whole centre at £30 to £50 per month.
  • Medical camps
    • We run medical camps, which run every Friday, in Durgapasha Sunamgong, Jamtola Bazar Usamani Nagar and Mirobari Barurpur Moulvibazar.
    • The camps are in rural areas that have little or no access to medical care or doctors. Where possible, serious patients are referred at our cost to hospitals that can provide the necessary treatment.
    • Each camp treats on average 30 to 40 patients per day free of cost to the patients. The cost of running a camp is £100 per month.
    • You can donate towards the monthly cost of running a camp or sponsor a camp by donating the total £100 monthly running cost.
  • House-building and repairing programme
    • Under this programme, we build new basic homes for those without shelter or finance essential repair to existing homes. We have financed repair of more than 1000 homes and built and delivered over 100 new homes.
  • Grants to install or improve sanitation and safe water services
    • We finance essential sanitation facilities and construction of tube wells for clean and safe drinking water.
  • Interest free loans urgent need or establishment of small businesses
    • Our interest free loans help unemployed people start small businesses that can provide them with a sustainable income. Loans are also provided to those in urgent and desperate need of cash.
  • Emergency relief
    • Emergency relief, in the form of distribution of food and clothing and other essential items, is provided in the event of a natural disaster such as flood or cyclone.
    • After the damage cause by cyclone Sidr in 1997, we financed the building of a whole new village in Patorghata Borguna comprising 77 houses, a mosque and maktab centre.
  • During the holy month of Ramadan, provision of iftar and basic education and essential food items to needy families
    • In the Ramadan of 2011, this programme fed almost 2500 needy families.  
  • Skills based training programmes including sewing, computer, mobile phone repair and female washing and shrouding
    • Our training centres provide valuable skills free of charge in sewing, computers and mobile phone repairing. We currently run 1 centre for each activity.
    • Our washing and shrouding training programme provide skills in an area of great shortage.
  • Self-employment generation programme (by distribution of CNG auto-rickshaws, rickshaws, rickshaw-vans, sewing machines)
    • CNG auto-rickshaws, rickshaws, rickshaw-vans and sewing machines are distributed free of charge to help unemployed people earn a living.
  • Wedding finance support
    • Many families are too poor to give their daughters in marriage. We support these families by providing between £25 and £50 to help them meet the cost of a small wedding ceremony. This programme has so far helped than 200 couples.


  • Funds donated by way of zakat are segregated from general donations. A zakat committee ensures that zakat funds are utilised only in accordance with the rules of zakat.
© 2012 Zam Zam Trust Zan Zam is registered in Bangladesh NGO reg no: 2090 and
in the UK Charity reg no: 1132716
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