INKSTER, Mich. – Zaman International founder and CEO, Najah Bazzy, has been selected as a 2019 top 10 CNN hero for her charitable work throughout the years.
The non-governmental organization has helped more than 250,000 women and children by providing basic necessities, education and job training, according to CNN.
Zaman International operates out of the Hope For Humanity Center, a 40,500-square-foot facility in Inkster.
The charity focuses on woman with children living in poverty. Needy mothers and their children can shop at the Inkster based facility, which has become a one stop shop for basic essentials, for free.
In a video featured on CNN’s website Bazzy discusses how the charity was started. In 1996 while working as a nurse Bazzy went to visit an Iraqi refugee family at a home. She encountered a dying infant during the visit. There was no refrigerator or stove at the home and the baby was in a laundry basket.
The family could not afford a funeral for the baby after it died. That is when Bazzy stepped in and managed to raise enough money from the community to make sure the baby received a proper burial.
“I was so devastated by that. I decided that this wasn’t going to happen on my watch,” said Bazzy in the video.
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