Al-Imdaad FoundationAL-IMDAAD FOUNDATION
15 Jan 2012

"AIF is pleased to announce the handover of the ECDC in Mangaung in Bloemfontein will take place on Saturday, January 7 and will be attended by the honourable President, Jacob Zuma as the guest of honour."

The Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) has initiated the fourth handover of an Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) in the country. The state-of-the art centres have been built in underprivileged areas for communities in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and most recently Mangaung in Bloemfontein, to assist the younger generation to have a better future. According to Qari Ziyad Patel, AIF projects coordinator, the area of Mangaung is rife with unemployment and poverty. "Batho Township in Mangaung is like all other disadvantaged areas in South Africa, where there is very little development, poor housing and a lack of basic needs such as education centres." He explained the initiative forms part of the vision which President Jacob Zuma set out in 2009. "AIF is pleased to announce the handover of the ECDC in Mangaung in Bloemfontein will take place on Saturday, January 7 and will be attended by the honourable President, Jacob Zuma as the guest of honour." The alim said building commenced in 2011 and work continued around the clock to ensure that the AIF Early Childhood Development Centre will be completed in the New Year. "The ECDC has been constructed in the township of Batho, a highly impoverished area crippled by a high unemployment rate and a lack of community facilities. The centre will cater for 140 underprivileged children. The Department of Social Development will take over the functioning of the facility, which provides care to children up to six years of age." Patel added that there have been calls from other provinces for AIF to build ECDC’s in those impoverished areas as well, but unfortunately due to lack of funds it is not possible at this moment. "We always appreciate donations toward our organisation and the community is urged to do so. Visit our website at www.alimdaad.com or contact our call centre on 0861786243," he said. VOC (Aqeelah Bawa) This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the AL IMDAAD FOUNDATION, its trustees or team members and volunteers globally.