Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association helping those self-isolating during coronavirus pandemic

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WATCH: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is helping neighbours across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic – Apr 2, 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has distributed thousands of flyers to neighbourhoods across the country in an effort to help those in need.

Members of the association are trying to get the word out so people know they are there to help as part of the organization’s Neighbourhood Helper campaign.

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“Without limiting it to any sort of ethnicity whatsoever, we are reaching out to Canadians as a whole, and this is what our teachings are,” said Zubair Afzal, president of the association.

“And we are making sure we reach out to everyone out there.”

Afzal said a number of individuals from various communities have come forward to help.

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“We are also playing our part in making sure we can come through very difficult times by helping each other out,” Afzal said.

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Volunteers are helping with everything from running errands to picking up groceries and medication for those who are unable to do so themselves.

Afzal said his organization has also partnered with various charitable organizations, including food banks across Canada.

But he said the association’s efforts go beyond that.

“Even if they are having difficulty, where the charitable organizations or the food banks are short on food, we, as a backup, have purchased our own supplies, which we are delivering, helping individuals,” Afzal explained.

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Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

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