Madinah House



Madinah House is a non-profit company incorporated under the Companies (1995) Act. This was an initiative of a group of Muslims known as “MusServ” who assisted the founder Mr Gayaz Rajab to operationalize his dream of assisting women and children who were victims of Domestic Violence (DV). Gayaz was Guidance officer employed with the Ministry of Education and who heard from and empathized with a number of students who were underachieving due to serious problems at homes assailed by the scourge of DV. He formulated a plan to treat with the situation After years of refining the Plan of Operations Madinah House, MusServ entered a lease arrangement with a benefactor to use her premises in South Trinidad and began operations in June 1999..

The main object of Madinah house as written in the Constitution amended on 6th February 2010 is to provide temporary shelter and a secure environment for female

victims  and children who suffer from domestic violence and abuse.

Our vision is to be a non-profit organization that effectively addresses the issue of violence and abuse in families through empowerment of women

Our mission is as follows

The company will exercise the highest ethical and moral standards to;

1 Reduce the effects of family violence through services for survivors

2 Educate the community and support non-abusive self-reliant families

3 Advocate for women’s rights

Our registered address is c/o St. Kevin’s College, 23-25 Prince of Wales Street, San Fernando. Madinah House registered as a Non-Governmental Organization in 2005 and as a Non-Profit organization in 2007. Telephone contacts include 800-SAVE, 657 1055, 652 4153. We have an intake capacity of eighteen.

Over the past ten years we have given temporary shelter up to six months to many women and children. Mature boys are not sheltered. Madinah house is run by a group of female Muslim volunteers and is open to all women of Trinidad and Tobago.

As far as possible we have attempted to be more than just a shelter by providing a sanctuary for the survivors of DV together with supporting services. Services include counselling, client advocacy, schooling, job placement, medical assistance and skills enhancement

This was only possible by the generous donations of individuals and corporate citizens. The Ministry of Social Development began to assist by way of subvention in 2009 to cover recurrent expenditure. We also receive Zakaah for disbursement to those who qualify. Our annual dinner in June/July remains our main fund-raising event. Our building is in urgent need of repairs to the roof, electrical rewiring, washroom and needs repainting.

At the last AGM held on March 7 2010 the new Board of Management was elected

President: Lydia Choate

Vice President: Waheeda Caliph

Secretary: Natasha Narine

Assistant Secretary: Amirah Rahaman

Treasurer: Firyal Khan

Public Relations Officer: Zuryda Edoo:

Assistant PRO: Rihanna Mohammed

Head of Management Committee: Aleena Karamath

Other members include Rasheeda Ibrahim, Neeza Hallim,Afezah Baksh- Lobban Shaffina Mohammed, Kameela Jahoor,Joyce Rahaman, Nadia Ali

Monthly meetings of the Board of Management are held at the ASJA Primary School in Charlieville for which we are grateful

It is amazing that after ten years in existence and despite outreach programs many women are unaware that they can go to Madinah House for shelter. We accept referrals from the Police 999 or 555, Coalition Against Domestic Violence 800SAVE, Families in Action 628 2333, National Family Services 624 8218.

If you know someone who is in crisis please contact the above and help her to find peace while she heals and determines the next step for herself and her children.

May Almighty God guide and protect us all.