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Rohingya Housing Project

15 Nov 2017

It is more than 2 months since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees began fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh. These refugees have been facing very difficult circumstances in temporary shelters that provide limited protection against the elements. After negotiations with Bangladeshi authorities, the Al-Imdaad Foundation has now been given the permission to erect 10 000 homes for refugees on a piece of land in the Modhurchora area in Kutupalong, Bangladesh. These homes...


Winter Warmth for Syrian Refugees

28 Nov 2017

For Syrian refugees living in refugee camps across the middle east, winter is a daunting and often life-threatening experience. With recent winters bringing sub-zero temperatures to the region, the conditions of refugee and displaced communities has become even more vulnerable.More than 5 million people have fled Syria over the course of the civil war and there are about 6.3 million displaced people inside Syria. Many of these families struggle to survive the winter months without adequate shelter,...


Containers4Rohingya

21 Nov 2017

The Rohingya crisis has become one of the biggest humanitarian concerns in the global arena, with more than 530 000 newly displaced refugees having fled Bangladesh since 25th August 2017. These Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh with barely anything to their names. Many have only one set of clothes and with winter fast approaching, most do not have any protection against the drop in temperature. In a bid to mobilise the empathy of the South African people and to address the needs...


Rohingya Crisis continues

11 Dec 2017

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...


Somalia Food Crisis 2017

31 Oct 2017

Somalia teeters on the brink of a devastating famine as a result of an extended drought. Consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have caused the death of three quarters of the county’s livestock which are the main source of income and livelihood for most the population. An estimated 6.2 million Somalians are at risk of a famine that could be even worse than the 2011 disaster which claimed the lives of more than 260 000 people. Currently, more than 363 000 acutely malnourished children and 70 000...


FEED SYRIA CAMPAIGN

13 May 2017

The FEED SYRIA campaign is an initiative of Al-Imdaad Foundation’s office in Jordan. The campaign is being coordinated in partnership with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) and the Jordanian armed forces. It involves the distribution of rice to Syrian refugees stranded in the no-man’s land area between Syria and Jordan. The rice is delivered by the Jordanian armed forces from the border. The beneficiary community are stuck in the border regions of Syria and Jordan but are unable...


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...


Jordan Container Homes

31 Oct 2017

There are an estimated 1.4 million Syrian in Jordan. Of these, some 655 496 have been officially registered as refugees. The majority of Syrians in Jordan live outside of official refugee camps such as the two largest Zaatari and Mafraq camps. Most live in squalid urban dwellings where they struggle to eke out an existence on the margins of society. But the worst off are those forced to live in makeshift camps and tents in the desert. These refugees are the poorest with the least resources and...


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...


Mediterranean Refugee Crisis- Feeding Campaign

29 Sep 2016

You will all have seen by now the harrowing images of refugees struggling to make it across the Mediterranean. These people flee from violence, war and persecution which has turned homes into places of horror. Some European governments have failed to uphold the laws regarding refugees and this has rendered many of these people homeless and in desperate need of shelter, food and medical assistance. For many of these refugees, even when food is available, access to halal food is problematic in camp...


Feed Gaza Campaign

31 Jul 2016

Repeated wars, an extended blockade and the overall deterioration of the socio-economic situation over the last decade is the bleak reality facing the people of the Gaza strip. These conditions have forced more than 80% of the population to be reliant on international aid to meet their daily needs. For the traditionally large families that characterise the Gaza strip, even providing adequate meals has become a difficulty. Studies suggest that a third of Gazan children face stunted growth as a...


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,...


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

12 Oct 2014

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 Water Well and Borehole Project

31 Oct 2017

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...


SA Storm Relief

08 Oct 2017

The week starting Monday 9th October 2017, was a busy one in disaster relief for Al-Imdaad Foundation teams in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Freak weather storms had battered Gauteng on Monday before moving over coastal KwaZulu-Natal by Tuesday morning. In Gauteng, roofs were blown off malls, scores were displaced and widespread flooding and hail damage was reported, with the worst affected areas in Ekurhuleni Metro and Mogale City. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams were quick to respond in coordination...


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...