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Muslim couple helping all the community

AN Elche social centre that feeds the socially excluded and gives help in other ways is celebrating its 11th anniversary….

By Simon Russell , in Costa Blanca North Costa Blanca South , at January 16, 2020

AN Elche social centre that feeds the socially excluded and gives help in other ways is celebrating its 11th anniversary. It is run and was started by a Muslim husband and wife but helps people of all races and religions, mainly Spanish but also a number of British, South Americans and people from all over who have fallen on hard times. Ahmed Zarrouk, 67, and his wife Maria, aged 60, get financial help from the council but Ahmed says that they have to add their own money to ensure that people are not turned away, something he said he would never contemplate doing. Despite having their own hairdressing business, they also give freely of their own time. They usually feed between 50 and 80 people on weekdays and over a hundred at the weekends, often using food such as a giant paella that is cooked regularly by a local Rotary Club and donated to the centre. Since moving to Elche 30 years ago Ahmed and Maria have made it their mission to help those less fortunate, especially at this time of year when many people are eating and drinking to excess while others barely get by.