Rahima Foundation, as an organization, operates on certain basic principles established by its founder, Habibe Husain. Some of them are listed below.

  • Start small & build upon it:
    The strongest house is where the foundation is placed one layer at a time allowing for the first to solidify before the second is laid on. This has always been the way Rahima has operated. Although it makes for a slower process, the result is a more stable and grounded foundation.
  • Put yourself in others’ shoes:
    The only way to know someone else’s pain is to either have had a similar experience firsthand or have an open heart and put oneself in another’s shoes and empathize with their situation. It is only then that we can be of true service to others.
  • Treat people as individuals:
    The aim of our organization is to make people’s lives comfortable given their circumstances and to treat everyone with respect and compassion.
  • Charity begins at home:
    Need is everywhere in the world and it is relative.  A single mother of three children living in the SJ-Oakland-SF Area, who has no job, no food in her refrigerator, no money in her bank account and facing an eviction notice, is very much a needy person. It is our philosophy that each community’s needy should be taken care of by its local people.
  • Accountability of public money is very important:
    We must always take the responsibility of spending the money entrusted to us by our donors very seriously. We need to be able to account for all monies collected, and verify that it was spent in furthering the mission of Rahima Foundation.
  • Consistent contributions, no matter how small, have tremendous blessings:
    We are grateful to God and to the community’s generous donations that we have been able to be of service to the needy. We believe in the power of pennies, nickels and dimes; if they are given from the heart every day, with the intention of helping the poor, they can be a great source of blessing, both for the giver and the receiver.  With individual contributions, we began serving the local needy, and without fundraisers, Rahima Foundation has grown to serve over 400 families every month.
  • Working under the law:
    At Rahima we are very sensitive to knowing and following the laws of the land we live in. If you would like to get more information about the workings of our organization, feel free to contact our office or any of the board members or officers.
  • The power of sincere initiative:
    We believe that when 3-5 sincere hearts unite for the same purpose, tremendous change for the good can be brought about from West to East.