The Global Charity Association for Development (Tanmeia) is nonprofit organisation based in Kuwait focused on providing relief and funding sustainable community development projects in impoverished and needy communities globally. It funds its projects through waqf (Islamic endowment), Zakat funds, as well as public fundraising campaigns.

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Agriculture
    • Irrigation and water management
  • Development
    • Economic development
      • Community improvement
      • Business and industry
  • Education
    • Vocational education
  • Environment
    • Water resources
  • Health
    • Out-patient care
      • Health care clinics
      • Vision care
    • Public health
      • Water access, sanitation and hygiene
    • Healthcare access
  • Humanitarian
    • Special population support
    • Food aid
  • Legal and courts
    • Disasters and emergency management
      • Disaster relief
      • Internal resettlement
  • Philanthropy
    • Nonprofits
    • Voluntarism
  • Religion

Focus populations

  • Asylum seekers
  • At-risk youth
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Internally displaced people
  • Low-income people
  • Orphans
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Seniors
  • Victims and oppressed people

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • Tanzania
    • Somalia
    • Mauritania
    • Togo
  • Central Asia
    • Kyrgyzstan
  • Middle East
    • Kuwait
    • Syria
    • Yemen
    • Lebanon
    • Palestine
  • South Asia
    • Bangladesh
  • South-east Asia
    • Myanmar


  • Access to clean water
    Tanmeia funds the construction of water pumps, wells, boreholes, and other water and sanitation facilities in several countries, including Somalia, Yemen, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Togo, Syria, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, and Mauritania.
  • Cultural and religious projects
    Furnishing and equipping libraries, providing prayer carpets, and religious books.
  • Development and capacity building projects
    Providing support for sustainable community development and rehabilitation. Projects include building and equipping bakeries, food carts, small shops, dairy farms, fishing boats, sewing workshops, home bakeries, and others.
  • Education projects
    Building schools, education and cultural centres, Quran and Arabic learning programmes, and school tuition and teacher salaries assistance. Those projects are located in Bangladesh, Somalia, Mauritania, Kyrgyzstan, Yemen, and Tanzania.
  • General projects
    Purchasing and distributing food packages, including meat, bread, and basic staple foods.
  • Health projects
    Establishing and funding health projects in disadvantaged communities to tackle mortality rates, diseases, and support the overall health and wellbeing of people in those communities. These projects include the construction or refurbishing of health clinics and pharmacies, distribution of first aid kits, wheelchairs, and crutches, eye surgeries and tonsillectomies, provision of mobile clinics and ambulances, and medical volunteer missions.
  • Islamic endowment (Waqf)
    Tameia manages a number of Islamic endowment programmes whereby assets are donated and entrusted to the organisation to be used for the charitable or philanthropic purposed. Tanmeia's waqf programmes include ones dedicated to supporting the Rohingya population, orphans worldwide, planting olive groves, and building mosques.
  • Seasonal projects
    Supplying underprivileged families with winter assistance packages, school bags and stationery, and Eid packages (including clothes and shoes).
  • Shelter and housing projects
    Supporting the stability and wellbeing of displaced and migrant families in areas where people are seeking asylum and areas where people are being displaced. Projects include the construction of houses, and the refurbishing and furnishing homes of poor families.
  • Sponsorship programmes
    Contributing to the sponsorship or adoption of orphans, poor families, school and university tuitions of students from low-income families, people with disabilities or major illnesses, teachers from low-income families, and other disadvantaged people.


Funding model

  • Grants to Individuals
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
  • Pro bono services
    • Pro bono medical services
  • Volunteering


Key staff

  • Naser Al Ajmi, General Manager and Vice Chairperson

Board members

  • Abdulaziz Abdullah Abdulaziz, Board member
  • Ahmed Al Nouh, Board member
  • Khaled Al Hussaini, Chairperson
  • Musaaed Al Waalan, Board member
  • Naser Al Ajmi, Vice Chairperson
  • Omar bin Ghaith, Board member
  • Tareq Al Khaldi, Board member
  • Yacoub Al Kandari, Secretary
  • Yacoub Mohammed, Treasurer

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