Monakka Monowar Welfare Foundation (M M W F)

Monakka Monowar Welfare Foundation (M M W F)

Charity information

Monakka Monowar Welfare Foundation (M M W F)

For many years East London has been one of the most diverse and vibrant places on the earth. The adjacent docks meant the exotic and the unusual were constantly passing by. Ships brought goods but they also brought people. Some stayed a short time while others settled and made the area what it is today. Shaped by this past, the borough of Tower Hamlets is a vibrant and busy place including harmony and contrasts. Tower Hamlets is sadly the third poorest borough in the country and within the shadows of some of the largest corporations in the world there are pockets of serious deprivation, poverty and disengagement.

MMWF was established in 2004 to begin the gradual work of helping those poorest in these communities to engage socially, and then economically. Working predominately with the Bangladeshi and Somali communities, MMWF also work with any group of people who have cultural and traditional problems. Such problems can cause isolation, ill-health and disengagement, and ultimately may result in drastic intervention by statutory authorities.

We want to be there before this happens. MMWF seeks to identify the most vulnerable people in the community and provide the necessary support and interventions to improve well-being, promote access to services and enable full participation in the local community.

Our vision

Our vision is to create a sense of community cohesion in Tower Hamlets and surrounding areas, grounded in a respect for diversity, meaningful interaction and active participation in the community.

Our mission

Our mission is to empower communities at risk of social exclusion by providing support, training and opportunities, to ensure that individuals have the resources to sustain social and economic well-being, active participation and engagement.

Our objectives are:

Help newly arrived migrants settle in the UK by improving their skills, knowledge and coping strategies.

Ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable people have information and access to welfare benefits, primary healthcare, housing, education and employment.

Improve the employability of young people and men and women of all ages, by helping them acquire the necessary skills and qualifications to move into employment.

Work towards reducing antisocial behaviour by working with young people, who are especially vulnerable to disengagement, and providing alternatives.

Organise activities and events to preserve and enrich cultural heritage, traditions and art, and promote a sense of identity and pride in people’s own ethnic culture.

Improve community participation and reduce social isolation experienced by vulnerable members of the community, including older people, by providing opportunities for social interaction and engagement in meaningful activities.