Al Fatiha Global is a UK registered charity. As such, we need to ensure that all our activities comply with UK Law and the Charities Commission Regulations. As a Muslim Charity we also need to ensure that we are meticulous in distributing donations to needy beneficiaries and that this is done through guidelines based on Islamic principles. A significant amount of our aid is distributed inside conflict zones so we must also consider the welfare of those helping deliver the aid.

During the 2012-2013 period we were part of a small group of UK charities that would allow key members of the public, or representatives of UK Charities to collect aid in their own communities and distribute the aid in refugee camps, field hospitals and medical clinics inside Syria. In order to comply with UK legislation, we verified the aid that had been collected, before departing and ensured that a limited number of members entered Syria (If safe to do so after discussion with our Syrian ground team) with Al-Fatiha Global to deliver aid, assess further needs and identify future project proposals and subsequently exit Syria and return to the UK.

As the scale of the Syrian crisis grew, affecting over 25% of the Syrian population, different UK cities/ charities worked together to raise the plight of Syria and did so under slogans like London2Syria, Birmingham2Syria, Manchester2Syria, Leicester2Syria. Eventually it was decided that Aid for Syria/ Aid4Syria would act as an umbrella name for the campaign that included all the convoy. When an announcement was made for any land convoys, a number of UK charities would informally agree to depart together from the UK to maximise publicity utilising the slogan Aid4Syria and it was deemed to be safer to travel as larger groups of ambulances with vital aid, than smaller groups.

In order to minimise administration costs, Al-Fatiha Global also stipulated that those wanting to accompany the convoy would have to pay for their own food, accommodation and return air tickets from Turkey. Al-Fatiha Global charity was unique in that it enabled key responsible members of the UK public go back to their communities and demonstrate how they had personally taken aid into Syria and explain the plight of the Syrians from firsthand experience. This level of transparency was unheard of in the aid sector and gave the public a high level trust about how aid was collected and distributed.