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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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Giving eyesight for Madiba

Local NGO performs free cataract ops in Leratong Hospital AWQAF SOUTH AFRICA, a developmental NGO,  in association with the local Islamic Medical Association (IMA) and the Pakistani Community of South Africa, have run an annual Cataract Project for the past 13 years, and have performed over 5, 200 free cataract operations in South Africa. This year, a Nelson Mandela Commemoration Cataract Camp is being held at Leratong Hospital, Krugersdorp, from 14 to 18 July 2018. According to Awqaf SA deputy CEO Mickaeel Collier, their target is to bestow the gift of sight, at no cost, to at least 67 patients by removing their cataracts. The discharge ceremony of the patients will take place on 18 July at 9:30 am at the Leratong Hospital. The Mandela Cataract Camp is fully sponsored by Awqaf SA. Doctors from the IMA and the Pakistani community provide the medical service, also at no cost. The project is coordinated by Dr Shabbir Hussain from the Pakistani community of South Africa. According to Collier, more cataract camps will be run in Cape Town, and other rural areas, in the near future. For further comment call Mickaeel Collier 082-216-4269

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Youth Islamic Art & Calligraphy Workshop Cape Town

About Awqaf SA in association with SAFIA and the Al Ikhlaas Islamic Library is hosting a School Holiday Calligraphy Workshop as part of the Achmat Soni Art and Calligraphy Waqf project. This is a creative School holiday program to expose school going learners to Islam Art and Calligraphy. A fun and interactive workshop facilitated by Faheem Rhoda Jackson. Week 1 Photo highlights Click here to view Date: Registration is now open for Week 4 Saturday 14 July 2018 Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm Age: 10 – 16 Cost: R250 Enquiries: Hasanain 079 507 1196 Provided: All materials will be provided including: pens, inks and material A meal will be provided Bring an apron with. Registration Seats are limited 15 per class Online registration is essential Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/x6FXrIkspDCvX0Tw1   Registration ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/nuNy6pNsAVwe4FWm1 Loading… Event flyer

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Cape Town’s Muslims Pushing Back Day Zero: Awqaf SA’s Water Conservation Project

Cape Town, situated at the foot of Africa, is the southernmost city in a water-stressed region. Graced by a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters, Cape Town has always been dependent on its winter rainfall to get through the dry months of October to April. Already victim to drought cycles, the Western Cape – the area surrounding Cape Town – has been hit by three years of below-average rainfall and deepening climate change, exacerbated by the El-Nino-La-Nina effect, the warming or cooling of the Pacific, which impacts on global weather systems. An example of how devastating the drought has been is indicated by average rainfall figures at Cape Town International Airport. Whilst the normal average precipitation per annum has been just over 500mm, this year saw only 120mm rain falling, and the dams reflecting only 30% of capacity at winter’s end. Coupled with political bickering by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which governs the region, and the African National Congress (ANC), which controls national government, the 6 million citizens of the Cape have been the victims. Warnings about Cape Town running out of water due to increasing demands and population densities have been circulating since the 1970s, and more recently, in 1990 and 2007, when it was finally predicted that if something was not done about increasing capacity, the city’s taps would run dry between 2012 and 2015. Running on models that Cape Town would only see its ‘Day Zero’ in 2022, the city authorities did institute ...

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