Rahima International Foundation

Rahima International Foundation strives to feed the hungry, assist the financially insecure, and support students in their educational journey




SAN JOSE, CA – EIN 770442850  rahima.org

On the 21st night of Ramadan in 1993, Habibe Husain, a Turkish immigrant and mother of three, received the inspiration to establish a charitable organization—a system to help people in her neighborhood who were struggling to make ends meet. The aforementioned inspiration even included the name of the organization: “Rahima Foundation”, a feminine version of “Ar-Rahim”, meaning The Compassionate, The Merciful, and The Just.

Habibe intuitively knew that there were families in the Bay Area who were struggling to meet their grocery needs but were perhaps too shy to ask for help. She started helping one friend…which turned into helping two acquaintances…and soon a number of people showed up. Some of those people sought help, while others sought to help her. She began taking in their donations (a bottle of oil, a sack of rice, pasta), stocking them in her garage, packing one grocery box at a time, and delivering them to the homes of deserving families. Soon, people began offering monetary donations, so she decided to register her non-profit as a 501(c)3 Charitable and Educational Foundation. The “Rahima Foundation” was born.

Decades ago, Rahima Foundation started with just the bare essentials. Today, Rahima Foundation supports families in many crucial ways—with groceries, hot meals served at several local shelters, socks/t-shirts/blankets/hygiene packs distributed to the homeless, school snack programs at several local schools, rental and utilities support, and student awards given to college-bound graduating high school seniors.

We accept in-kind donations of packaged products, as well as purchase items ourselves, to be stored in our warehouse, prior to distribution to those in need.

Join us today as we continue to expand and build stronger communities.