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  • EIN 43-1973721
  • (202) 595-1355
  • 1875 "Eye" Street NW, Suite #500 Washington DC 20006 USA

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Causes: International, Promotion of International Understanding

Mission: World Organization for Resource Development and Education [WORDE] is a nonprofit, educational organization that shapes public policy by cultivating a better understanding of the difference between mainstream Islam and radical Ideologies. Throughout the world, WORDE’s community development projects have established international networks of moderate Muslim scholars, cultural groups, and thought leaders that build community resilience against the rise of religious extremism.

Results: Co-Founder of the "International Cultural Center" a new cultural center for the greater Washington DC area. Published "A Community-Based Approach to Countering Radicalization" - the first Muslim-led report which includes guidelines for US policymakers and Muslim American communities to build community resilience against radicalization. Leading research and implementing grass-roots programs around the world to empower networks of traditional, mainstream Muslims from the US, UK, Somalia, Pakistan, Singapore and Indonesia.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 3

I am telling the real story about Bangladesh that how suffer people and violation of rights. And I believe its only for lak of education.Now I believe that I am not alone the whole world with me.When first time I went to urban area its just make me cry and thinking what we are doing ,why we living a well good life where 95% people is suffering of at least for minimum Human rights....

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are very committed in reaching out to all people in the community and helping to make a positive difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i need help i am old man go to them they help me. they speak me i understand and give me drive to pick up food from food bank. They fill up form aplicacion food stamps medikedde, hospital and medecin. i bbecoming American citizenship they helping me imygracion aplicacion. thank you very nice pipel

zafkazi

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The title may be wordy but these guys simply rock!
Dads kids moms neighbors grand parents & friends join together to have a good time and share a weekend afternoon or morning doing something that feels right. From gardening to walking from making sandwiches to meditating - its good family fun and whats better than to be able to do it with the community - which means embracing the rich cultural, linguistic, faith, culinary diversity of this amazing county. On a personal note - these guys go out of their way to make you feel at home amidst strangers (you can feel it) and you leave the events knowing that you didn't just add another email address to your contact list but made a life long friend!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Icc does alot of ways to reach out to the community. They help people when they are in need.

Joseph_Jon

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These people are just KIND and they manage to mix it with being the most professional and tightly-knit community group too. I didn't feel I was wasting my time (and I've volunteered lots in DC, soup kitchens, sandwich making nights in other places - bad organizing can really be the saddest thing for everyone concerned). I really felt alive when I was there, and that we were on the cusp of something great. I had such a fun time organizing and felt part of the family immediately. Lots of different people show up and their background philosophy is quite zen/sufi, it's quite great to see people like that who are also so active and know how to do things efficiently, it's how development organizations should be, philosophically sound, and practical. Great vision, 100% recommended! PS- I Just read that shoddily written negative review and felt compelled to write a tiny bit more in response. My two cents: firstly, there is nothing 'going on' "behind the scenes" at Worde, take it from someone who was there for over a year (as opposed to that reviewer who claims he had just ONE meeting and seems only to be able to write/think with dollars in mind)- I think it's clear from his/her vague ramblings that it's just some bitter individual trying to pose as a regular person (hence the laughable 'happy new year' at the end of the vitriol, are you kidding?), the only thing I agreed on was the advice that you absolutely SHOULD get in touch with everyone who works with Worde, whoever you can,, do your homework completely- they are a great group with a positive aim to bring people together. In this money hungry world it would not be possible or feasable for WORDE to put on as many community events as they do if their intentions weren't straight, it would just make no sense. So don't let one dumbo reviewer tarnish their image, go meet them, talk, if you have a goal in mind, pursue it with honest intentions and most of all, use your own judgement and intelligence just like I did. I'm quite sure you'll come to the same conclusions I've written so clumsily here. Thanks :) J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is truly an organization that goes beyond the call of duty to care for and help others. You can tell that the people who are heading this are genuine about the cause. I'm very impressed with quality and workmanship that goes into each event and look forward to Volunteering for them again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to WORDE and its president Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi two years ago. I find work performed by WORDE (articles, publications and seminars) on counter radicalization and clearing misperceptions of Islam very valuable in my day to day life. WORDE has been unique in its approach towards anti-radicalization by inviting community members to become part of the solution with policymakers. Their efforts are directed towards addressing root causes of homegrown terrorism instead of finding solutions for the symptoms. I find Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi to be very knowledgeable in her field. She engages proactively with community members in understanding their concerns and offer balanced advise.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WORDE has led efforts in the US to develop counter radicalization strategies at the grassroots level for several years, well before the issue became a major domestic issue in the US.

WORDE's innovative report "A Community Approach to Countering Radicalization" has been well received by policymakers from the FBI, ODNI, NCTC, and Capitol Hill. Even in the greater Washington DC area, I've seen how the publication has mobilized communities to develop strategies to counter violent extremism.

Having personally known WORDE's President, Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, and worked with her for over a decade, I know that it has taken great personal courage at times to address these issues. Despite criticism from organizations that are hesitant to address homegrown terrorism, she has taken the issue head on and stood firmly to her ground.

WORDE has worked with Muslim communities throughout America, leading research from LA to DC in addition to major Muslim community centers throughout the world, including the UK and Indonesia, where WORDE's work has been instrumental in program implementation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a government official who has worked with WORDE for over 3 years. I work with them because they provide policy solutions, and don’t merely speak about issues. They reach deep into the Muslim-American community and this allows them to brief Members of Congress and USG officials on what the community is actually thinking- something very valuable to policymakers. I have seen WORDE officials speak at major conferences put on by the US Intelligence Community, as well as on panels in Congress and in various think tanks around Washington, DC. They are well respected by those in Congress, executive branch agencies, and by think tank professionals.