Asma Khan helping to raise £30k for ISIS survivors in Iraq
Women’s rights activist and restaurateur Asma Khan is helping to raise funds to establish new cafés for female ISIS survivors.
Collaborating with charity group The Lotus Flower, which is behind the set up of women and girl centres at camps in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, Asma is hoping to help raise £30,000.
She told FtLion: “We need to raise £30k for the first year; after which the cafe will be self funding. Any help would be appreciated. We have the space already – the money is to set up the kitchen, train the women, buy the ingredients and also to have cooking lessons for the younger girls – many of whom were abducted at a young age and never had a chance to learn to cook from their mothers and grand mothers.”
Many of the girls and women in the camps have been through horrific days… . The all-female cafes will be a nurturing and safe space where women can break bread together and build alliances.
And similar to her award-winning London restaurant Darjeeling Express, these camp cafés will also be managed and operated by an all-female team.
She added: “I believe sharing food is the best way for people to make connections and build bridges. Many of the girls and women in the camps have been through horrific days and are living surrounded by strangers in camps. The all-female cafes will be a nurturing and safe space where women can break bread together and build alliances.”
Asma has also created a special edition Lotus Burger, made up of a “Bengali Chop” vegetable patty and available at branches of Hache Burgers (Ed. – Halal is not catered for) across London, where £1 from the sale of each burger will be donated to support the project.
To make your donations, visit the online donation page My Donate at: mydonate.bt.com/thelotusflowercafe.