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Canned Qurbani 2018

06 Jul 2018

For the fourth year, the Al-Imdaad Foundation is continuing its canned Qurbani programme to allow donors to share their Qurbani with communities who have faced unimaginable hardship in recent times. The canned Qurbani option is ideal for displaced Syrian families and refugees living life in camps, who have limited storage and refrigeration facilities available to them. The canned Qurbani is ready to eat and provides an essential source of protein for families fleeing conflict and instability. The...


East Ghouta Crisis and IDP Relief

27 Feb 2018

Al-Imdaad Foundation launched an emergency appeal to respond to the needs of the besieged people of Eastern Ghouta in late February 2018. Since February 17th, 2018, the Eastern Ghouta area on the outskirts of Damascus in Syria was subjected to increased shelling and heavy bombardment in residential and civilian areas. This led to more than 500 deaths in the first week with thousands more injured and maimed. The area had already been under siege since 2013 and displayed some of the worst child...


Yemen Crisis

27 Feb 2018

Airstrikes, armed clashes and attacks on civilian infrastructure which have been going on since March 2015 have resulted in the world’s largest food security crisis and enabled the spread of cholera at an unprecedented scale. More than half of the Yemeni population is still suffering from deliberate targeting and other apparent violations of International Humanitarian Law. All of this makes the Yemeni crisis one of the world’s largest man-made crises, and one which has displaced over three million...


Rohingya Crisis continues

25 Jan 2018

Rakhine, the poorest region in Myanmar, was home to more than a million Rohingya who have faced decades of persecution in a country, where they are not even considered citizens. The Rohingya are one of the most helpless and forsaken peoples of the world. An ethnic minority disdained by the Burmese public and ignored by the Burmese government, the Rohingya do not have full citizenship rights. Before the most recent mass exodus, about 1.1 million Rohingya lived in apartheid-like conditions in...


Essahaba Hospital and Medical Rehabilitation Projects in GAZA

09 May 2018

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has been working in Palestine since our inception in 2003 and has made tremendous and significant strides in rehabilitating the over-burdened health sector in Gaza. We have actively been involved in the first ever “females only” hospital in Gaza. This facility was established to offer medical services exclusively to women by female medical staff and involves no male involvement. The project has been widely accepted in Gaza and has become one of the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s...


Vision4Life Eye Cataract surgeries in Malawi

30 Oct 2017

As an extension of our Vision4Life eye care programme outside of South Africa, Al-Imdaad Foundation has recently launched an eye cataract surgery programme in Malawi where over 70 000 people require treatment. Being unable to afford the costs of surgery, many elderly Malawians go on for years at a time with severely impaired vision and even blindness due to the effects of cataracts. This can have long term negative impacts on their quality of life and their overall wellbeing. Donors can sponsor...


Jordan Refugee Support

31 Oct 2017

Jordan has always been home to a large number of refugees, initially these were mainly Palestinian refugees but ever since the Syrian crisis Jordan has become host to one of the largest numbers of Syrian refugees in the Middle East after Turkey and Lebanon. Currently UNRWA estimates place the number of registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan at some 2 million living in over 10 camps. There are also an estimated 1.4 million Syrians in Jordan with 655 496 registered Syrian refugees. Many of these...


Flour For Syria

01 Nov 2017

Into the seventh year of the Syrian crisis and life for civilians remains difficult. Millions have taken refuge in neighbouring countries and for those displaced or living in towns and cities, many cannot meet their daily needs. The price of a pack of pita loaves has seen incredible escalations making it unaffordable to many families. The price is a reflection of the fact that there has been no healthy agriculture and trade in Syria for the last four to five years. With wheat being the staple...


A NEW LIFE

27 May 2016

The siege over the Gaza Strip is continuing for the 8th consecutive year, and has devastated key sectors in the area. The blockade has also resulted in 90% of the people in Gaza Strip living beneath the poverty line and depending mainly on humanitarian aid for their needs. The Food insecurity rate has also spiked and currently reaches 57% across the Gaza Strip. Due to the sustained siege and recurrent wars, thousands of families are homeless and cannot even afford to secure the basic food needs...


Disability Centre in the Gaza Camp in Jordan

23 Nov 2015

The Gaza refugee-camp in Jordan is one of the poorest camps in the country with refugees mainly from the Gaza strip. Most refugees here have no ID permits and are unable to obtain employment within Jordan making their position especially vulnerable. Within the camp an important disability centre has been operating to address the needs of disabled refugees in the surrounding communities. The centre was initially a UNHCR funded programme but funding was dropped leaving it unable to function effectively....


Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Orphan programme in Jordan

10 Nov 2015

Jordan has always been home to a large number of refugees, initially these were mainly Palestinian refugees but ever since the Syrian uprising Jordan has become one of the greatest hosts of Syrian refugees in the middle east. Many of these refugee communities live in numerous camps in Jordan with some long established camps having become their own suburbs. They are often populated by the most vulnerable members of Jordanian society including large numbers of orphans and widows who often have no...


Make Orphans Smile

31 Oct 2017

The global population of orphans, at some 220 million is staggeringly high. Each day thousands are orphaned as a result of conflict and war, sickness, disease and starvation. If all orphans inhabited one country, it would be in the top 10 most populous countries in the world. These orphans often face discrimination and may become victims of human trafficking and child labour as they struggle to get by with no one to look after them. Their stories are stories of trauma and difficulty and many will...


Rebuild Gaza Campaign

19 May 2015

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated places in the world with a total area of just 365 km2 where over 1.8 million people live. Palestinians are still suffering from devastating economic and social conditions brought about by waves of war and the ongoing blockade. In 2014 the 50-day attack, targeting multiple sites in Gaza caused at least 100,000 people to lose their homes. Thousands were injured and more than 2,100 Palestinians lost their lives during the seven-week long conflict,...


Halima Sa'diyya Orphanage for Syrian Refugees

15 May 2015

The on-going Syrian crisis has caused havoc in Syrian social life, tearing apart families and leaving millions displaced or seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Many of these are women and children who have lost husbands and fathers and been driven far from any family or friends leaving them without any means to support themselves. One of the pressing needs for this population are places which orphans and widows can call a home where they can find, food, warmth and shelter as well as other...


Tiny Hearts Orphan Village

03 Apr 2015

Turkey is now home to the largest number of refugees from Syria with many of these refugees being young children who have lost their families to the war leaving them with no one to care for them. These orphans require specialised love and care to help them overcome the psychological trauma of their losses. Because of the large number of orphaned children the Al-Imdaad Foundation and its partners in Turkey have initiated an innovative and exciting orphan project where a whole village of 31 villas...


Al-Imdaad Foundation Projects in the Balkans

31 Oct 2017

The brutal history of communism in Albania left a scarred population and a struggling economy with the highest rates of unemployment in Europe. Almost one in 3 Albanians lives in poverty especially in rural areas and up to 5% struggle to meet daily food needs. Certain minority groups are especially vulnerable, like the Roma people who often face discrimination and exclusion especially in the area of education where large proportions of Roma teenagers remain illiterate. The Al-Imdaad Foundation...


Gaza Water Filtration Plants

08 Jun 2018

After the most recent series of Israeli attacks the already scarce water resources in Gaza were even further limited due to the destruction to water and electrical infrastructure. Gaza’s only aquifer, the coastal aquifer has fallen to almost 15 metres below sea level resulting in the entry of sea water which has made it unfit for consumption or agriculture. In addition there is the threat that heavy-metals and other dangerous chemicals from Israeli munitions may have further contaminated Gaza’s...


Al-Imdaad Foundation Kenya

02 Jun 2014

Kenya has been described as the hope of east Africa and has become a regional hub that promises growing development opportunities. However, poverty in Kenya is still a major issue with almost half the country living below the poverty line. In arid regions, poverty and lack of food is a serious issue due to the continuous droughts that affect the area. Climatic change and environmental issues like land degradation and poor water management make rural Kenyans especially vulnerable to poverty. In...


Al-Imdaad Water Well and Borehole Project

25 Jan 2018

Every living organism requires water to live. This is how the Creator has created life in this world. According to the (Sphere Project, 2011), an initiative setup by the UN to promote quality and accountability in humanitarian activities, “Water is essential for life, health and human dignity. In extreme situations, there may not be sufficient water available to meet basic needs, and in these cases supplying a survival level of safe drinking water is of critical importance. In most cases,...


Medical Projects in Jordan

03 Jun 2011

Jordan has always been home to a large number of refugees, in the past these were mainly people of Palestinian origin but in recent years the Syrian conflict has seen over 600 000 cross the border into Jordan. Most of these refugees are without their own sources of livelihood and struggle to obtain adequate medical care for the illnesses and injuries that affect them. Especially among the newly arrived Syrian refugees, the incidence of illness and injury is high as the health system of Syria has...



Vision4Life eye-care programme

30 Oct 2017

The new phase of the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Vision4Life eye care programme has been launched with the establishment of an onsite eye care clinic at the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s offices in the Sherwood area of Durban. The new phase follows on the success of a volunteer driven cataract surgery campaign that has benefitted many patients since 2014. The new phase involves the screening of patients from disadvantaged schools, old age homes and other areas where effective treatment may be difficult to...


Operation Sukuma Sakhe

31 Dec 2015

Operation Sukuma Sakhe began as the poverty eradication wing of the KZN government first spearheaded by former premier Dr Zweli Mkhize. It aims to make meaningful household interventions on poverty possible and to address the needs of the most vulnerable and deprived communities and households. In this way it seeks to make rural development and sustainable livelihood a realizable vision and to create opportunities for skills development and employment. Operation Sukuma Sakhe aims to rebuild...


#Operation Winter Warmth 2018

09 May 2018

It’s that time of year again when the temperatures begin to drop and we all take out our big puffy jackets and extra blankets. For some, the winter is about turning the switch on the heater, but for many South Africans winter is an added burden to an already difficult life. According to recent statistics, more than 55% percent of South Africans live in poverty, placing them in a very vulnerable situation with the onset of the cold. They cannot buy those warm clothes for their young child and they...


Cape Town Water Crisis

02 Mar 2018

Three years of failed rains have created a crisis in the Western Cape with dams at critically low levels. Studies show that the period 2015-2017 was the driest in the area in the past 84 years, leading to the desperate situation we see today. Currently, communities in Cape Town are facing the looming threat of DAY ZERO, when taps will run completely dry and residents will be forced to queue in long lines. The social, economic, and consequences for quality of life, could be drastic. Al-Imdaad Foundation...


Back2School 2018

03 Jan 2018

The beginning of the new school year is a time of mixed emotions. For some students it is a time of excitement for others it is a time of embarrassment and dread. Students who cannot afford stationery or school bags often feel very shy about their situation. These feelings can negatively impact on their concentration and overall performance. This is not even considering the actual negative effects their lack of stationery has on their ability to engage in their school day activities. Sometimes...


Local Emergency Relief

05 Jan 2018

Al-Imdaad Foundation teams operating from various local provincial branches regularly respond to small scale incidents that affect vulnerable communities. Oftentimes it is those who are already the worst off in terms of their economic standing that suffer most in heavy rains, hailstorms or fires. Our teams ensure that these people are not forgotten by conducting distributions of blankets, mattresses, hygiene packs and other essentials in the aftermath of their negative experiences.


South African Water Projects

15 Jun 2016

Since inception, the Al-Imdaad Foundation has always made water projects a regular part of its activities in South Africa. With the extended drought from 2015 onwards these projects were increased to help address communities facing critical water shortages. Thus far over 50 boreholes have been established to address the drought situation. Regular bottled water distributions are also regularly made in areas facing cut-offs or water connection problems. DONATE NOW AND HELP OUR CRITICAL WATER PROJECTS...


SA Drought Relief

07 Nov 2015

Below average rainfall and dry, hot weather resulted in a crippling drought across many areas of South Africa. Even with rainfall in 2016 and early 2017, many dams remain far below capacity. Nationally the drought situation affected millions of households especially in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West. At its height, officials described the situation as the worst case of drought since 1982 with national dams at an average of only 54.9% capacity...


Make Breakfast Possible

16 Oct 2014

As it is often said, a healthy body is a healthy mind and a hungry stomach does not bode well for the absorption of information. Hungry learners often struggle to concentrate in class and visit the school nurse daily with head and stomach aches. Due to pangs of hunger, learners often feel sick and fall behind resulting in poor grades and a low pass rate. In order to address this problem, the Al-Imdaad Foundation, in consultation with food technologists, dieticians and nutritional experts have...


Organic Community Gardens

10 Oct 2013

Rural areas in developing countries like South Africa are generally characterised by an inadequate satisfaction of basic needs which lies at the core of poverty. Basic needs are those human requirements that are necessary to make human survival and development possible in any given society. The Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Umtshezi Community Garden Project is aimed at unlocking development by addressing issues of access to resources that are required for the satisfaction needs. Through this project,...


Slice-4-Life Feeding Scheme

03 Jul 2010

As the cost of living soars and medical care becomes almost unaffordable, the queues at state hospitals lengthen considerably. For many who endure the long wait for essential medical supplies, hunger is a constant companion. A vast majority travel long distances to reach hospitals, often setting out well before dawn. Launched in July 2010, the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s SLICE-4-LIFE™ project helps provide a small measure of nutritional comfort to thousands of patients across South Africa. The value...


Social Welfare programme

26 Oct 2009

There many people who fall through the cracks in society and struggle to get by day to day due to illness, disability, unemployment or social exclusion. While the ideal is always to empower communities and individuals to be self-sufficient, the Al-Imdaad Foundation understands that the poverty that stares so many South Africans in the face every day is a harsh reality difficult to escape. Our social welfare projects aim to support these people through monthly food vouchers, rehabilitation programs,...