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Extra Maths tuition at Windsor Secondary, raising marks, raising hope

EXTRA Maths tuition over the Women’s Day long weekend, offered by NGO Awqaf South Africa in conjunction with the Alfred Duma Municipality in the Tugela District of KZN and the Department of Education, has injected hope into nearly 300 Grade 12 learners from eight surrounding schools. From getting marks as low as 5 per cent, the K-Way programme presented by Mohammed Khota with the help of Zohra Essack, was aimed at lifting the learners into the pass category by boosting their Maths skills. Co-ordinator Soojat Khan, who liaised with various municipal and government officials and  principals to get the event off the ground, described it as a great, heart-warming success. “If you consider that it was a long weekend, and that it was bitterly cold, it was really encouraging to see nearly 300 learners braving the elements to attend the three day course. “One principal, who was not on the programme, was so keen that he brought 18 learners with him, and so we made arrangements to accommodate them. I can tell you, the smiles on the faces were absolutely wonderful to see as these learners, mainly from rural schools, got stuck into their Maths.” Educator Zohra Essack said that the commitment of the learners had really impressed her. “Even good learners came to the programme to hear what we had to say. Maths is all about attitude and persistence, and the learners showed that,” she said. Learners who attended the course were excited about the programme. Anathi Kubheka from ...

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Cifca conducts a one day seminar on Waqf

By Mohammed Issa Dar es Salaam, Tanzania The Centre for Islamic Finance, Compliance and Advice (CIFCA), an Islamic Finance watchdog in Tanzania, recently conducted a one day seminar under a theme “Waqf Management, Its prospects and challenges in Tanzania”. The seminar which attracted a number of Muslim organizations that own and manage Awqaaf properties ranging from Mosques, Schools, tracts of land and other movable and immovable properties, was the first of its kind in Tanzania. It was blessed with attendance, among other participants, of high ranking Muslim leaders including but not limited to Sheikh Zubeir Noor who is the Chairman of Waqf Commission from Kenya, Muslim Ulamaa, Directors of local banks offering Islamic banking, lawyers and other dignitaries. Others in attendance included Accountants, financial and investment advisors, Businessmen/women, Waqf Owners, Islamic Schools Owners and potential Waqf owners. The seminar which took place Saturday 4th August 2018, covered the following presentations with presenters in brackets; – Crowd funding Platforms for Awqaf Development: Towards Ummah empowerment.  (Yassir Salim -Secretary General, CIFCA). Awqaf Management: Its Prospects and Challenges in Tanzania. (Sheikh Shams Elmi – Secretary General, Dhy Nurein Foundation. Cash Waqf and It’s significance in building the Ummah towards prosperity (Sheikh Mohamed Issa – Deputy Secretary General BASUTA). Others included Cash Waqf Deposit: an Innovative Product for Islamic Banks. (Khalfan Abdallah, Head Shariah Dept. Gulf African Bank). The last presentation in the seminar was The role of Islamic philanthropy and portrait of Waqf in Tanzania (Suleiman Lenga, Founder Trustee, Mtwara Islamic Dev. Center). Experience from ...

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Social Upliftment for Orphans

Darushifa together with Awqaf SA decided that as part of its Social Upliftment Programme for Orphans,  to avail the space at  the Elderly Care Centre in Lenasia for orphaned children to play and interact with the elderly in a safe environment.  To create a day of fun and laughter for both generations.  To bring awareness to social responsibilities towards the elders from the youth. Our first fun day took place on Sunday 22 July 2018 and we were honoured to host the the Al Hudaar Orphanage in Lenasia. The kids were excited to play on the jumping castle and partake in the arts and crafts. There was enough space to play around with a soccer ball for an informal match. Snacks and light lunch followed. Lots of vitamin D going around in the beautiful sunny day we had alhamdulillah.   This day and the activities was enjoyed by the orphans and the elderly residents from DaruShifa.  It was indeed a day filled with laughter and fun. Insha’allah we shall endeavour to make this a monthly or bi-monthly event and invite a different orphanage each time. ‘Every Happy Memory created for a child is another treasure of a lifetime’ – Donna Marie Photo highlights

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Water, and hope, for Sabie schools in Mpumalanga

THE idea of 67 Minutes for Mandela – a call to global action based on Madiba’s 67 years of sacrifice for others – is a daily reality for NGOs in South Africa. And whilst many people willingly embrace the idea on 18 July that we all have the power to change lives, for them it is an annual event, seldom going beyond the “67 moment”. For Awqaf South Africa and the Crescent of Hope there are frequent calls for help, so much so that regular projects often have to go on hold to service the urgent needs of communities.  One such call was made in the town of Sabie, situated in the Tshabashew Municipality of Mpumalanga Province. Two schools, Lindani Primary and Memezela High School, had been severely challenged by a lack of water, its pumps burning out last year and not being replaced. So serious was the problem of sanitation and lack of water that classes sometimes had to be cancelled as early as 10 am for the safety of the learners. Educators were complaining that this was severely affecting the delivery of education. Faizal Essack, a volunteer for both Crescent of Hope and Awqaf SA, said he received a call from local MP, Mr AF (Fish) Mahlalela that the schools were in dire need. Essack says that was when Awqaf SA and the Awqaf Minors Affairs Foundation, coordinated by the Crescent of Hope, swung into action. “A few weeks ago we dug two boreholes, installed a water tank ...

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AWQAF SOUTH AFRICA GIFTS A WAQF ENDOWMENT TO PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN AT MEETING OF MUSLIM LEADERS – JOHANNESBURG 26 JULY 2018

AWQAF SA PRESS STATEMENT: Awqaf South Africa extends a warm welcome to President Recep Tayyib Erdogan and First Lady Emine Erdogan on ftheir first presidential visit to South Africa and the 11th BRICS summit. Turkey remains the most prominent and stable democracy in its region with a recent 90% voter turnout in the 24 June 2018 parliamentary and presidential elections. With an active citizenry, Turkey and its great people continue to enjoy stability and good governance. Furthermore, we have witnessed under the leadership of President Erdogan the reformation of Turkish society, and we are proud of the positive transition brought about under his government. We note with pride that Turkey has been listed as the most charitable nation in 2017, with nearly $8.1 billion disbursed in humanitarian aid. This equates to almost 30% of all international humanitarian aid, dwarfing the United States of America’s contribution of $6.68 billion, Germany’s $2.98 billion and the U.K.’s $2.52 billion. In addition, Turkey as a major regional and global power currently perpetuates a positive legacy of outstanding economic growth, as well as heading an educational, humanitarian, spiritual and political revival, which benefits other Muslim communities and world communities by upholding the values of justice and peace. Turkey has come to represent an Islamic model that rationalizes traditional and modern values in a seamless expression that is devoid of extremism and intolerance, something that has become the norm in many successful societies across the globe. In sharing this vision, and in recognition of his unwavering ...

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