Thandile Kona represented Awqaf SA at the opening of the Yunus Dawah Centre Ipopeng in Bloemfontein on the 21 August 2016.
Back ground info on Ipopeng
Ipopeng is a recently established township that is, like many other townships, plagued by ills such as a high rate of alcoholism, unemployment, poverty and crime. Ipopeng is situated 5 to 6 kilometres in the outskirts of Bloemfontein and the people largely depend on the very limited employment opportunities.
The Ipopeng Jamaat Khana and Dawah Centre is an Oasis of Hope in a desert of hopelessness. The centre, located in a house that was donated by a member of the Muslim community of Ipopeng, with the expressed intention for it to be used for Dawah purposes.
Under the dedicated, sincere and humble leadership of Maulana Adam, the community seeks to restore its dignity and to take ownership of Islam and its propagation to the general populace of Ipopeng. It is under Maulana Adam’s guidance that the centre is thriving and provides employment to a few members of the community, notwithstanding the minimal resources.
Several employment creating projects are envisaged for the centre, namely:
- Welding Project
- Soap and Detergent Making Project
- Confectionary Project
- Carpentry and Cabinet Making Project
Centre opening program
Shaykh Suliman Moola a prominent Shaykh from Canada was the key note speaker, Shaykh Irafaan Abrahams from the Muslim Judicial Council gave a moving speech.Thandile Kona delivered a speech during the launch. Qari Ismail Londt was also present. Kona delivered a inspiring and moving talk to the youth of the community.