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Awqaf SA and Crescent of Hope offer ‘historic’ outreach

Awqaf SA and Crescent of Hope are supporting the elderly in the charming bushveld town Marble Hall, 29km from Groblersdal in Limpopo Province. Forty senior citizens resident at the Loskopvallei Rusoord are beneficiaries of sterilisable mattresses, crockery and kitchen utensils to the value of R70 000. These items were needed for the day-to-day use of the residents but fell outside the budget of the institution. The Loskopvallei Rusoord is a registered non-profit organisation in a historically Afrikaner group area, now open to all senior citizens, even beyond the immediate boundaries of Marble Hall. It is a 24-hour frail care facility that includes medical care and it is compliant with the provisions of the relevant legislation as well as the regulations of the Department of Social Development. Their services include religious support programmes for the elderly, irrespective of faith. The facility also relies on the support of volunteers and specialists like dietitians. Faizel Ismail, co-ordinator of Crescent of Hope, told the media that Awqaf SA and Crescent of Hope recognise the opportunity of serving the poor and needy beyond the conventional beneficiary base. “By reaching out to our needy senior citizens in areas like Marble Hall we are broadening the definition of inclusive engagement that nurtures social cohesion,” said Ismail. Crescent of Hope was founded in 1992 during the Somali refugee crisis in Kenya. The organisation’s work is focused on activities such as educational projects and disaster relief programmes. Zeinoul Cajee, CEO at Awqaf SA says, “By reaching out to diverse ...

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DaruShifa Fundraising Dinner

Darushifa is an Awqaf SA project that started approximately 4 years ago in 2014. It is a community based organisation serving all of humanity through an Islamic ethos. Darushifa is a registered NPO (191/357) whose mission is to care for the elderly with love and dignity so that the final years of their lives are peaceful, happy and full of good memories. Background information There was an increasing growth of elderly ladies in the community who were widowed and who are living alone and finding themselves in financial difficulty and not being able to maintain the homes that they were living in on their own. This project started in Lenasia as there was a need to help the elderly who have become our forgotten generation. Services rendered at Elders Care Facility  The service started with home-based care, where trained caregivers assisted elderly patients to recuperate from ill health or to cope with daily living needs. Many times, the family is under strain due to the tough economic climate that we live in and cannot be at home during the day, thus leaving the elderly person alone; or is not trained to assist the elderly family member who is in need of more specialised care. DaruShifa also advises on home modifications to support the mobility of the elderly. Counselling for family members and caregivers is available. Debriefing is essential to maintain a healthy emotional and psychological state of being when dealing with a frail and ill loved one. In-order to bring ...

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DaruShifa Elders’ care facility

Darushifa – an abode of care, love and healing About Darushifa Darushifa is an Awqaf SA project that started approximately 4 years ago in 2014. It is a community based organisation serving all of humanity through an Islamic ethos. Darushifa is a registered NPO (191/357) whose mission is to care for the elderly with love and dignity so that the final years of their lives are peaceful, happy and full of good memories. Background information There was an increasing growth of elderly ladies in the community who were widowed and who are living alone and finding themselves in financial difficulty and not being able to maintain the homes that they were living in on their own. This project started in Lenasia as there was an increasing need to help the elderly who have become our forgotten generation. The service started with home-based care, where trained caregivers assisted elderly patients to recuperate from ill health or to cope with daily living needs. Many times, the family is under strain due to the tough economic climate that we live in and cannot be at home during the day, thus leaving the elderly person alone; or is not trained to assist the elderly family member who is in need of more specialised care. In order to provide a proper service, we need qualified and trained individuals with accredited training. To this end at DaruShifa, we partnered with St. John’s. They trained our first caregivers, many of whom are still with us today. DaruShifa ...

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DaruShifa celebrates International Men’s Health Day

By Salwa Waja DaruShifa Lenasia celebrated International Men’s health day which was on the 19 November. The event was an opportunity for people of Lenasia and surrounding areas to appreciate and celebrate the “Senior”” men in their lives and the contribution they made to society for the greater good of all. In a joint venture with Lenasia Bowling Club and The Golden Eagles DaruShifa Lenasia invited the elderly men for a day at the Bowling greens. We had a good response on the Sunday morning. It was a game changer for the elderly gentleman who are usually inactive. We got that blood circulation moving and the social emotional intelligence was just too awesome. When they realised it was not just throwing a ball, but concentration and focus was needed, they were overwhelmed with excitement. They had so much fun, a few gentlemen had also signed up with the Bowling Club for a weekly date.  We served snacks and beverages. At half time. Lunch was also served after the match. Allamduillah. DaruShifa Lenasia has achieved it’s goal by introducing our Elderly gentleman to the Bowling greens. DaruShifa Lenasia thanks everybody who made this event possible. Photo highlights

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