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In July 2015, The Times newspaper printed articles falsely alleging that Europe Trust had funded extremist organisations and projects across Europe. Europe Trust wrote to the newspaper and categorically rejected the insinuations. The Charity Commission subsequently conducted a robust investigation of the charity from February until September 2016. The investigation has now concluded that there is no evidence to support any of those false allegations.

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The Europe Trust is now more than ten years old and is proud of its distinctive approach of using awaqf (endowments) to generate resources to support many deserving organisations and community projects.

We have been working to develop our current assets and are now seeking more support from the business community and other investors to increase our investments, thereby increasing our support for community projects.

Our plans for the future are ambitious and we see the growth of awaqf as the key to our success.

However, recognising that the lack of public awareness of awqaf is a major obstacle, which we need to overcome, and so we have joined forces with the Kuwait Awaqf Foundation and the Islamic Research and Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank and organised a seminar, back in 2006. This was the first seminar of its kind and was intended to initiate consultation on the concept of waqf and to explore how awaqf can be used for community development projects.

We are working with partners across Europe to encourage donors to set up endowment assets which will ensure the sustainability of community education, health care and social welfare projects for the benefit of future generations, as is reflected in our motto – Society, Welfare and Serenity. We need to reach out to many more potential donors and supporters and we ask you to help us spread the word. Please introduce your friends and colleagues to our work and encourage them to support us.

Jazakum Allah Khair

Yours truly,

Dr Fouad Alaoui
Mr Ahmed Al-Rawi
Chairman of The Board of Trustees Executive Director