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Women’s Month Activities

03 Aug 2018

August is women’s month and at the Al-Imdaad Foundation it’s an occasion to continue our support for important programmes such as mother to child health, breastfeeding awareness initiatives and other activities. Special sanitary pack distributions are also organised in different areas by Al-Imdaad Foundation's provincial offices in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape.


Vision-4-Life 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 continued 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...


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...


New House for Ndwedwe Gogo

14 Sep 2018

Pendukile Matololo Ngcobo is an 86-year-old South African citizen from the rural Esuthumbini area in Ndwedwe Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal Province. Gogo Ngcobo had lived with her grand daughter and two grandchildren in an old dilapidated mud Rondavel (round hut) in a deeply rural area. Such was the conditions of her living, that snakes would regularly enter her house and a python had even made its night-time lair in one of the mud walls. Gogo Ngcobo had put a request forward to local authorities...


New House for Ladysmith Widow

08 Sep 2018

Al-Imdaad Foundation recently partnered with government to help build a new home for a struggling Ladysmith Widow. The deceased husband had first applied for an RDP house with the Department of Human Settlements in late 2005 but by the time he passed away of debilitating illness in 2015, they were still struggling to pay rental. Al-Imdaad Foundation came on board for the project after a request from the office of the KZN MEC for Housing, Mr Ravi Pillay who had visited the area in 2016, and came...


Mandela Day 2018

17 Jul 2018

On Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 Al-Imdaad Foundation teams engaged in special Mandela Day activities at Orange Farm Township, including blankets and warm hat distributions as well as snack packs and walking sticks for seniors. Teams also delivered gas stoves, a fridge and a Jojo Tank to an Old Age Home in Nelspruit as part of the Mandela Day activities. These interventions formed part of annual activities the Al-Imdaad Foundation engages in to commemorate Mandela day and the legacy of the great...


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...


UK Volunteers in South Africa 2018

15 Jan 2018

A delegation of volunteers from Al-Imdaad Foundation UK kicked off 2018 with a series of humanitarian activities in South Africa. The team reached out to the elderly, disabled, orphans and many other vulnerable groups during their visit. They engaged in a wide range of projects including feeding programmes, boreholes and water tank installations, disability support and other key programmes.


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...


Education Programmes in South Africa

27 Oct 2017

The Al-Imdaad Foundation’s education projects in South Africa have been ongoing for many years now and in that period the foundation has been able to support students and learners across educational levels from the early childhood development phase right until tertiary education. Through a number of projects which range from the establishment of specialised early childhood development centres, the provision of stationery and school bags, the furnishing of crèches and the provision of bursaries...


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.


SA Storm Relief

05 Jan 2018

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...


Durban Informal Settlement Fires

28 Jun 2017

Within the space of a few days, residents of informal settlements on Kennedy Road and Cherry Road in Durban, South Africa were subjected to devastating fires that spread rapidly between informal structures in the densely packed settlements. On June 29th on Cherry Road, over 93 buildings burned down affecting over 200 people. In the larger fire on Kennedy Road, over 200 hundred structures burned down leaving many homeless. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams were on the ground in the aftermath of both...


Western Cape Outreach Programmes

04 Dec 2017

Numerous poor areas and informal settlements in the Western Cape face difficult socioeconomic conditions. Many families struggle against the difficulties brought about by gangsterism, teenage pregnancies and drugs. Al-Imdaad Foundation’s office in the Western Cape often engages in outreach programmes to address the needs of vulnerable residents whether in the form of nutritional assistance, regular support or seasonal activities.


Western Cape Fire & Flood Relief

06 Jun 2017

Up to 10 000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes after intensive winds brought about what is being called the worst urban fire in recent memory in the Western Cape. The fire affected parts of the Southern Cape in Knysna and surrounding areas. The fire came on the back of what has been called the worst storm in 30 years in Cape Town which caused havoc on Wednesday June 7th 2017, ripping roofs off buildings and leading to widespread flooding in low-lying areas. Several thousand people...


Dakota Informal Settlement Fire

26 May 2017

A fire at the Dakota informal settlement in Isipingo Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday evening, destroyed 60 shacks and left around 200 people homeless. Due to the proximity of shacks to one another, the fire spread quickly and soon tore through large numbers of the poorly built structures. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams coordinated with disaster management authorities and other local NGOs to address needs of victims in displacement centres.


Operation Winter Warmth 2017

27 Mar 2017

Winter season in South Africa is one of the most difficult times of year for those living at the bottom rung of society. Whether they are rural dwellers or inhabitants of shanty towns and informal settlements, when the cold comes it highlights their flimsy walls and thin clothes and aggravates the medical conditions many suffer from. Al-Imdaad Foundation’s annual Operation Winter Warmth blanket drive addresses this with timely interventions for the most vulnerable. We distribute blankets, winter...


Back2School 2017

12 Jan 2017

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...


Wheelchair distribution in Mpumalanga

25 Nov 2016

On Saturday November 26th 2016, the Al-Imdaad Foundation joined the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu in taking disability rights awareness month to the Mawewe village in Mpumalanga Province. The event formed part of the Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) which takes place annually from November 3 until December 3. The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities as equal citizens. The campaign also seeks...


Mount Ayliff Hailstorm

15 Nov 2016

On Wednesday November 9th 2016, a devastating hailstorm affected the Mount Ayliff area in the Eastern cape. In the worst affected township of Mobeni some 17 households were displaced with 13 families rendered completely homeless. An elderly 72 year old lady has also lost her life in the storm.


Dignity Pack Distributions at Schools

30 Sep 2016

Recent surveys indicate that most school girls from underprivileged families miss school when on their menstruation cycles simply because they cannot afford sanitary pads. To help ensure that a girl is in class for the duration of the school calendar, Al-Imdaad Foundation partners with various players including civil society groups, Disaster Management Authorities, Municipalities and Government departments to arrange distributions of Dignity packs for female high school students. These include...


July Durban Floods 2016

23 Jul 2016

On Sunday July 24th and the Morning of Monday July 25th, extensive flooding affected the greater Durban region causing structural damage, mudslides and the destruction of numerous informal houses. Responding to a request from the Provincial Disaster Management authorities, the Al-Imdaad Foundation provided blankets, mattresses, hygiene packs and other items to displaced victims.


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...


Durban Flash Floods 2016

08 May 2016

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has been responding to victims of the flash flooding that affected the greater Durban area at the weekend. The flooding saw some 206 ml of rainfall, more than the usual average for the whole month of May, received in just three days. According to weather authorities, large volumes of rain were the result of a ridging high pressure cell. Due to the rains and associated flash flooding, some six people lost their lives in the greater Durban area including a one year old...


Operation Winter Warmth 2016

06 Apr 2016

As the bitter cold of the winter months approach, many across the country continue to live lives of deprivation. With rising inflation and a weakening rand, the condition of South Africa’s neediest communities becomes increasingly difficult. Added to this is the increased need for food during winter to help keep the body temperature higher and the greater mortality rates faced by children and the elderly as a result of influenza and other winter illnesses. A little warmth is sometimes all it...


Back to School stationery distributions 2016

13 Mar 2016

We cannot imagine the hardship and struggle of young learners who cannot afford their own stationery. It can be a source of embarrassment and an obstacle to effective learning. It is well into the third month of school and many students still do not have the stationery they need. The Al-Imdaad Foundation has therefore worked in coordination with local OSS structures to come up with a list of needy learners at various KZN schools. This list has been used to conduct a stationery distribution campaign...


Eastern Cape Hailstorm Relief 2016

03 Feb 2016

On Wednesday February 8th 2016 a devastating storm struck parts of the eastern cape causing injuries, damage to households and at least one death. The storm brought heavy rains and strong winds and wreaked havoc in Mount Frere and Mount Ayliff in the Alfred Nzo Municipality. Many towns and villages in the area were affected with some houses completely brought to the ground by the destructive force of the elements. Badly affected villages included Rhode, Mjila, ‎Ntsizwa, Mandileni, Sirhoqobeni...


Ennerdale Distribution with Polokwane Muslim Trust (PMT)

14 Nov 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation partnered with the Polokwane Muslim Trust to distribute food hampers to a thousand needy families in the Ennerdale area of Gauteng province. The area is characterised by large scale poverty and unemployment far higher than the national average. Traditionally a low income, coloured area under the apartheid regime it has largely retained its demographic features and remains a severely deprived locality. It is estimated that some 50% of the population in greater region G...


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...


Al-Imdaad Foundation and Air Mercy Winter Warmth initiative

11 Aug 2015

As an extension of Al-Imdaad Foundation’s winter warmth campaign in response to what seems an extended winter in 2015, an important partnership between the Al-Imdaad Foundation, Air Mercy and the KZN Department of Health has been forged. The partnership will allow the distribution of Al-Imdaad Foundation blankets, winter wear and walking aids to isolated rural communities living in areas not easily accessible via road. Air Mercy planes will be used to transport the items to these areas where distribution...


Imbabazane house handover with OSS

29 Jul 2015

The Khumalo family is a child headed household from the Ezinyosini area in Imbabazane Municipality in Northern KwaZulu- Natal. The family consists of 7 children whose parents have passed away a few years previously. The family had been identified as early as 2009 and were earmarked by the department of social development for the construction of a new home. The Al-Imdaad Foundation was requested to come on board the project after initial building commitments were delayed. Since 2012 the Al-Imaad...


Hibiscus Coast Distribution with OSS

22 Jul 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation reached out to needy elderly residents of the Hibiscus coast Municipality through the distribution of blankets, warm hats, hygiene packs and walking sticks. The Al-Imdaad Foundation partnered in the distribution with Operation Sukuma Sakhe and representatives of Bargain Group.


Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Mandela day activities

16 Jul 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation participated in activities to commemorate Mandel day including the cleaning up of a Willowfontein Lake. The Al-Imdaad Foundation also distributed school uniforms to needy students in the Willowfontein. The event took place together with Minister of Communications, Ms Faith Muthambi.


Fidya, Kaffara, Fitra

03 Aug 2018

In certain circumstances, Muslims are required to make expiatory payments to cover outstanding aspects of ritual worship or atone for intentional breaking of fasts without valid excuse. Al-Imdaad Foundation is able to facilitate these payments which often involve feeding programmes for needy communities. Fitra payments, which are obligatory charities disbursed after the month of Ramadan are also facilitated. Please see response tab for more details.


Operation Winter Warmth 2015

21 Apr 2015

The bitterly cold winter season in South Africa is especially daunting for the poor and underprivileged who cannot afford to keep warm during these months. The Al-Imdaad Foundation's annual Winter Warmth campaign aims to assist these communities by providing quality winter wear to help them brave the cold winter months. The Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Winter Warmth campaign has become one of the most comprehensive winter campaigns in the country. Spread across all nine provinces, it seeks to address...


The Al-Imdaad Foundation Responds to Xenophobic Attacks in Durban

29 Mar 2015

The past few weeks in South Africa have seen an outbreak in incidents of xenophobic violence in several areas of KZN primarily around the Durban area but also extending inland to provincial capital PMB and other smaller towns. Isolated incidents have also been reported in the Gauteng province. The attacks started three weeks ago and have seen thousands of foreign nationals displaced with a number of lives lost and serious injuries sustained. Temporary transition camps have been set up for the...


Back To School Stationery Distribution 2015

15 Mar 2015

Many learners at South African Schools cannot afford to meet even the most basic stationery requirements forcing them into a situation of great embarrassment and difficulty during day to day classroom activities. This in turn can adversely affect their academic performance and limit their progress. Not having a pen to write or a rule to measure or even a book to write in should not be a situation any student finds themselves in and the Al-Imdaad Foundation is committed to making sure that it helps...


Pietermaritzburg Hailstorm 2015

05 Feb 2015

Just after 18:00 on Friday the 6th of February, a massive hailstorm struck Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding areas damaging cars, windows and the roof tiles of many homes. In different areas the size of the hailstones ranged from pea sized to tennis ball sized in some areas. The largest hailstones affected the Scottsville area with some estimated to have been ten centimetres in diameter. The storm affected different areas indiscriminately however as usual it is the poorest people living in...


Operation Sukuma Sakhe 2015

31 Dec 2014

Rural poverty in South Africa is often hard to target because of the small villages and isolated settlements in which many citizens live. They are often excluded from the political process because of a lack of access and their participation in the fruits of development is limited. For this reason, Operation Sukuma Sakhe was launched by KZN premier, Zweli Mkezi to directly target poverty and suffering in rural areas through processes of community engagement. Operation Sukuma Sakhe aims to rebuild...


Revive a Sunnah Campaign

30 Oct 2017

The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that whosoever loves my Sunnah (way or practices), loves me and whosoever loves me will be with me in paradise. (Tirmidhi) For the believer there is no greater honour than to be at the side of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and no greater abode than to be in paradise. It is therefore one of the greatest and most beneficial acts for an individual to follow the Sunnah in both its internal and external aspects. The Al-Imdaad...


Estcourt Hail Disaster 2014

17 Oct 2014

On the 12th of October 2014, at around 16h00, the Umtshezi municipality was hit by a severe hailstorm. This storm caused damages to households in the following areas: KwaMatshesi, Emobeni , Kwamgwenya (ward 09) and Heviland (ward 08). As is most often the case it is the poorest people with the worst constructed houses who are the worst affected. According to UThukela District Disaster Management over 85 households were assessed and the immediate needs included Blankets, Food parcels & Plastic...


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...


Al-Imdaad Responds to Amoati and Cato-Crest Informal Settlement Fires

27 Sep 2014

On the 19th and 25th of September 2014 fires broke out in the Amoati and Cato-Crest informal settlements respectively leading to 62 houses being burnt down and up to 130 left homeless between the two. Responding to a request from the eThekwini disaster management team, the Al-Imdaad Foundation conducted an aid distribution on the 26th of September for the benefit of the victims.


Woodstock Informal Settlement Fire Incident

17 Sep 2014

On the 18th of September 2014 a fire broke out in the Woodstock Informal Settlement near the Mountainrise area of Pietermaritzburg. It is believed that the dry weather conditions at the time gave rise to a veld fire which spread into the settlement along Woodstock Road. Houses and property of the residents in the settlement were severely damaged with some completely destroyed leaving these already vulnerable people homeless and without belongings.


Mbongwa Family Home

17 Jul 2014

Mr Mbongwa is an elderly disabled man from St Chads just outside of Ladysmith. He had been profiled by local community care givers due to his disability and his living in a dilapidated mud hut. During a July 2014 visit to Al-Imdaad by the Turkish aid agency, IHH, an in-loco inspection of Mr Mbongwa’s living conditions was conducted in conjunction with the local task team of Operation Sukuma Sakhe. Because of his disability and the difficult conditions in which he lived, the decision was made that...


Al-Imdaad volunteers launch first mobile musallah & madrassah

05 Jul 2014

Alhamdulillah by the grace and mercy of Allah Ta’alah, Al-Imdaad Foundation volunteers have launched their first mobile musallah and madrasah. The catalyst for introducing this concept arose from the realisation of widespread lack of infrastructure and funds in poor and rural areas which as a result are deprived of musallahs and a place for children to attend religious classes. The urgent and growing need for such facilities presented itself right at our doorstep in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and after...


Greater Kokstad Area Veld Fire

16 Jun 2014

On the 15th of June 2014, veld fires were reported on farms in the Greater Kokstad area. According to a COGTA preliminary report which was delivered during the briefing session in the local municipality held on 17/06/2014, 11 farms were affected and 3 people were confirmed death. The veld fires first broke out in Cedarville Township which is under Matatiele Municipality in the Eastern Cape. They affected 11 farms and five households in total burning large expanses of cropland and casing the death...


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to the crsis in Marikana.

20 May 2014

The Al-Imdaad Foundation responded to the crisis in Maricana by distributing hampers to starving workers of the Anglo American platinum mine.


"Vision 4 Life" eye cataract surgery campaign

16 May 2014

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has recently launched its "Vision 4 Life" eye cataract surgery campaign to assist people that are suffering with cataract, which is a leading cause of blindness in South Africa. Currently an estimated 160 000 South Africans are blind as a result of cataract and this number increases by 10 000 every year. Cataract is a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye, which obstructs the passage of light, eventually leading to blindness.


Operation Winter Warmth 2014

02 May 2014

Hoping to build upon a successful winter warmth project in 2013, where thousands of blankets were distributed countrywide, The Al-Imdaad Foundation has recently launched its 2014 Operation Winter Warmth campaign. As the chill of winter spreads its icy grip across South Africa, this year the Al-Imdaad Foundation is focusing on targeting deep rural areas where people have no access to basic services such as electricity, water and sewage disposal. The Al-Imdaad Foundation will partner with local...


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to East London Flood disaster

25 Apr 2014

Non-stop rains have wreaked havoc in East London and surrounding areas, causing major damage to property and roads. Idutywa, which falls in the Mbhashe Local Municipality and is part of the Amathole District was hit by a severe hailstorm that caused extensive damage in the area over the Easter weekend. Being in constant contact with Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management officials since the onset of the heavy rains, the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Eastern Cape office identified over 600 people...


Operation Sukuma Sakhe 2014

31 Dec 2013

Rural areas are generally characterised by a lack of the basic necessities of life and this inadequate satisfaction of basic needs lies at the core of poverty. Basic needs are those human requirements that are necessary to make human survival and development possible in a given society. Taking into consideration that a basic satisfaction of needs will afford everyone a better quality of life, The OPERATION SUKUMA SAKHE (OSS), a project of Dr Zweli Mkhize Premier of KZN is aimed at unlocking...


Al-Imdaad in partnership hands over homes in Kwaggafontein.

27 Oct 2013

The Al-Imdaad Foundation together with the Department of Social Development handed over 2 houses to needy recipients in Kwaggafontein and Moloto in the Mpumalanga Province on the 28/10/13. The families, who were identified by Deputy Minister Ntuli, harbor no employed family members and were living in shacks with no source of income apart from social grants. Both of these families are headed by elderly women who have four and five dependants respectively.


Skills Training & Self-Empowerment Projects

26 Oct 2013

Al-Imdaad Foundation supports skills training and empowerment projects that aim to allow beneficiaries to stand on their own feet long after the day of intervention. These projects allow beneficiaries to develop the means to earn their own incomes and to support their own families, avoiding the problem of dependency. Projects may involve, support for individuals to complete short courses, small capital injections directed through our welfare programme or our large-scale Community Garden Project. CONSIDER...


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,...


Al-Imdaad donates wheelchairs to the PE Provincial Hospital

31 Jul 2013

On Monday the 27th of May 2013, The Al-Imdaad Foundation handed over 8 wheelchairs to the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital. The function was attended by hospital CEO Mr Kobus Kotze, Chairman of the Hospital Board Mr. Mia Loonat, hospital matrons and senior staff members. A senior Sister who addressed the gathering indicated that these wheelchairs will help to alleviate the problem of patients having to wait in long lines to receive a wheelchair and will provide much needed respite on the already...


Operation Winter Warmth 2013

29 Apr 2013

Hoping to build upon a successful winter warmth project in 2012, where thousands of blankets were distributed countrywide, The Al-Imdaad Foundation has recently launched its 2013 Operation Winter Warmth campaign. Targeting deep rural areas where people have no access to basic services such as lights, water and sewerage, The Al-Imdaad Foundation will partner with Provincial and National Government in order to identify the most needy recipients. This year the Al-Imdaad Foundation intends to expand...


Al-Imdaad Responds to the Eastern Cape flood disaster.

21 Apr 2013

On Sunday, 21 April 2013, the Al-Imdaad Foundation received information from MEC P Majodina that parts of the Eastern Cape were experiencing floods with Umtata, Port St Johns and Idutywa being the worst hit. Responding to the MEC’s request for blankets, members of Al-Imdaad accompanied the executive mayor of OR Tambo district as well as senior leaders of the Department of Social Development to the Umtata Civic Centre where a distribution was set to take place. Acting upon the advice of the...


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to heavy rainfall in Msinga

21 Feb 2013

On Monday,11 February 2013, severe thunderstorms struck Ward 5 of Tugela Ferry in the Malomini area. Heavy rainfall accompanied by high wind speeds resulted in flash floods causing extensive damage to housing and road infrastructure within the Msinga Local Municipality. Members of the Al-Imdaad Foundation conducted an assessment on the 14 of February 2013 finding that 138 houses were affected across all wards, 8 people lost their lives and 2 people were missing. In Ward 5 of Tugela Ferry, 6 houses...


Al-Imdaad responds to Delmas xenophobic violence.

20 Feb 2013

The Al-Imdaad Foundation responded to Xenophobic violence in Delmaas on the 27th of February 2013. Attacks of this nature have been ongoing since the 21 of February 2013 but have recently resulted in the looting and displacement of foreigners, mostly of Ethiopian and Bangladeshi origin


Al-Imdaad Responds to Estcourt Storm Disaster

05 Feb 2013

The quiet town of Estcourt was struck by a severe hail storm on Wednesday, the 6th of February 2012. Four areas bore the brunt of the storm with Colita, Lyndhurst, Rensburg and Mabalonini suffering the most damage. Many businesses in town also suffered damage to their buildings and goods and many homes also had their roofs blown away by the rasping winds that accompanied the storm.


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to the Bergville Storm Disaster

16 Jan 2013

Heavy downpours on the 31st of December2012 saw the small town of Bergville in the Okhalamba Region being adversely affected. More than 150 houses were affected by the heavy rain and lightning claimed the lives of two people.


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to Sasolburg Storm disaster

16 Jan 2013

The Al-Imdaad Foundation was requested to intervene in Sasolburg after a brutal storm hit the area on Tuesday the 1st of January 2013.


Malukazi home based care training centre

12 Jan 2013

Being in operation since 2009, this facility has successfully trained 2800 home based carers thus far. Mrs. Dladla, a home based carer at the Malukazi clinic, said that this training facility has been a blessing. According to Mrs Dladla, before this facility was constructed, training was very difficult as trainees had to train in a very old building and had no nowhere to sit but the floor.


Operation Sukuma Sakhe 2013

31 Dec 2012

Partnering with Operation Sukuma Sakhe allows the Al-Imdaad Foundation to directly target the specific needs of rural South Africans. By addressing cases that have been identified and profiled by local task teams and Community Care Givers the Al-Imdaad Foundation can target the poorest students, elderly and disabled community members, child headed households and other vulnerable groups providing specific items that directly address their requirements.


Al-Imdaad responds to KZN storm disaster

12 Dec 2012

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has dispatched an emergency relief team to Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, after more than 300 residents homes were damaged by hailstones on December 9, 2012. The hailstones, some as big as tennis balls, caused widespread damage in the suburbs of Acaciavale, Ntombi's Camp and Steadville. The relief efforts are continuing.


AL-Imdaad builds a home for a destitute family in Msinga

04 Dec 2012

The Al-Imdaad Foundation acceded to a request from Dr May Mkhize of the Spousal Office to assist in the building of a home for a destitute family in Msinga. Mrs Dumakude was initially living in a tent until the community built her a mud house which was also found to be unlivable.


Orphan Care Programme

18 Oct 2012

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has various orphan care initiatives in many countries in which it operates which help ensure one of societies neediest groups are not forgotten. Our orphan care meets the needs of orphans and their families and contributes towards alleviating child poverty in the world’s poorest communities. In South Africa through our welfare programme, we address needs faced by widows and orphaned children. This includes assistance with utilities, rental and other expenses that comprehensively...


Mamelodi Flood Disaster (PRETORIA)

17 Sep 2012

On 20 August 2012 a burst water pipe caused freak floods in the Phomolong Informal settlement east of Mamelodi in Pretoria. Two children were killed and up to 800 residents had to be evacuated. Several shacks that had been built on top of the pipe, which runs just a few metres under the ground, were completely destroyed by the floods. The force of the water was so strong that eye-witnesses described how shack had been flung into the air. Many victims lost everything and had to be accommodated...


Mosenthal Thunderstorm Disaster

05 Sep 2012

Mosenthal is a poor and impoverished area on the outskirts of Rustenburg in the North West province of South Africa. On the 6th September 2012, a thunderstorm struck the region. The Mosenthal Thunderstorm Disaster wreaked havoc and left 89 learners injured, 2 learners and educators seriously injured and 68 houses damaged including 20 shacks which were completely destroyed. Al-Imdaad which enjoys a close relationship with Disaster Management departments across the country, responded immediately....


Alexandra Township Fire Disaster

19 May 2012

Fire disasters are a common phenomenon in South Africa especially during the winter season. A major contributing factor towards this phenomenon is that South Africa has a large number of informal settlements with shacks erected close to one another. These dwellings lack basic services such as electricity, forcing its inhabitants to resort to the use of paraffin heaters, lamps and stoves. Many a times, the incorrect use of these paraffin stoves are regarded as the cause of fatal shack fires in...


Al-Imdaad hands over homes for the elderly in Inchanga, KZN.

19 May 2012

On the 21st of May 2012 the Al-Imdaad Foundation in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Corporate Governance & Traditional Affairs (COGTA) handed over fully furnished homes to elderly citizens of Inchanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal.


Operation Winter Warmth 2012

21 Apr 2012

Following up on a fantastic winter warmth project in 2011 where thousands of blankets were distributed countrywide, The Al-Imdaad Foundation launched its 2012 Operation Winter Warmth campaign in KZN yesterday.Targeting deep rural areas where people have no access to basic services such as lights, water and sewerage, The Al-Imdaad Foundation will partner with Provincial and National Government in order to identify the most needy recipients. This year the Al-Imdaad Foundation intends to distribute...


Storm Disaster - Weenen

24 Feb 2012

In recent weeks, Estcourt and surrounding areas have experienced a high number of electrical and thunderstorms in particular. Apart from bringing much needed rain, these storms also have within them the power of destruction. On the 22nd of February 2012, one such storm struck ward 7 on the outskirts of Weenen, bringing with it lashing wind and rain causing flooding as well as massive damage to houses in the area. Twenty seven homes were affected by the storm, at least 5 having their roofs completely...


Al-Imdaad Foundation responds to Xenophobic attacks in Welkom

07 Feb 2012

In a spate of Xenophobic attacks, foreign nationals were attacked with their shops and homes being looted in the towns of Welkom and Odendaalsrus. More than 250 Bangladeshi shop owners were left displaced with many sustaining injuries after disgruntled youth unable to acquire jobs at the local mines turned on the foreign businessman


Mpumalanga Limpopo Floods Jan 2012

19 Jan 2012

19 January 2012 Hundreds of people, including primary school children, left destitute and stranded by days of heavy rain and flooding in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, have been plucked to safety by air force and police helicopters. The two-day high-risk aerial and ground rescue, which has developed into a humanitarian relief mission, was launched after rain deluged large sections of the eastern parts of the country and Mozambique earlier this week. Rivers burst their banks, flooding large tracts...


Operation Sukuma Sakhe 2012

31 Dec 2011

Rural areas are generally characterised by a lack of the basic necessities of life and this inadequate satisfaction of basic needs lies at the core of poverty. Basic needs are those human requirements that are necessary to make human survival and development possible in a given society. Taking into consideration that a basic satisfaction of needs will afford everyone a better quality of life, The OPERATION SUKUMA SAKHE (OSS), a project of Dr Zweli Mkhize Premier of KZN is aimed at unlocking...


Aid for those affected by floods in Weenen and Rensburgdrift

15 Dec 2011

Flooding in Weenen and Rensburgdrift in northern KZN left many families in a very vulnerable situation with homes and property damaged by the floods. Al-Imdaad respondd to these communities which are neighbours to the head office in Estcourt.


KZN Flood Relief

30 Nov 2011

A thunderstorm accompanied by heavy rain struck all regions of the eThekwini Municipality on 27 November 2011 resulting in storm- water systems blockage. The large quantities of solid waste/refuse in water caused the storm water pipes to be blocked. This storm caused major disruption, it did result in localized flooding, land-slides, roads being temporarily closed, traffic disruption and motor vehicle accidents. Rising river levels threatened informal settlements located in low-lying areas. Transit...


Setswetla Informal Settlement Fire and Storm Disaster

28 Oct 2011

The Setswetla Informal Settlement is a poor and impoverished suburb in Johannesburg. The inhabitants of this area are mainly poor and live in squalid conditions. The shacks are delicate and are vulnerable to the elements of nature. Disaster Management of the area has always appealed to Al Imdaad Foundation to assist these communities in times of crisis. AIF has always been at the forefront of any relief operation when disasters have struck the region.


Mangaung (Bloemfontein) Early Childhood Development Centre

19 Oct 2011

Poverty levels in South Africa have reached alarming levels. As the famous proverb reads, “ charity begins at home.” Therefore in keeping with this notion, AIF has embarked on the building of its fourth state of the art early childhood development centre (ECDC)in Mangaung, Bloemfontein, South Africa. It has already constructed similar centres, the first being in Estcourt (KZN), the second in Ladysmith (KZN), the third in Vlakfontein (Gauteng) and this in Manguang (Bloemfontein, Free State)....


Ficksburg Tornado Disaster Relief

08 Oct 2011

Tornadoes are very uncommon in South Africa and as a consequence even the smallest of tornadoes can have a large impact. This is especially the case when they affect poor and badly constructed structures that characterise informal settlement buildings. In the tornado that struck an informal settlement outside Ficksburg in 2011 extensive damage occurred necessitating a rapid response


AIF assist motorist stranded on the N3 due to heavy snowfall.

28 Jul 2011

The Al-Imdaad Foundation responded to a call from the traffic department to assist motorist stranded on the N3 due to the Heavy snowfall. Amongst those stranded were 150 school children and 700 motorist. The AIF team worked till late into the evening alongside with the fire and traffic department distributing water and food hampers. Ladysmith emergency services helped those in need of medical assistance.


Durban Central Fire Disaster

02 Jul 2011

On the evening of 02 July 2011, disaster struck Central Durban when a fire guttered a 'housing' compound comprising of mostly refugees and migrant workers, leaving hundreds of men women and children homeless. the AL-IMDAAD FOUNDATION responded within minutes of the disaster, providing much needed emergency relief supplies, such as blankets, payment for temporary shelter and arrangements for meals. National Co-ordinator and CEO of AIF, personally oversaw the relief aid operation for the victims...


Port Elizabeth Flood Relief

09 Jun 2011

Port Elizabeth also known as "The Windy City" has a subtropical climate with light rain throughout the year. It is regarded as one of the windiest cities in the world. Port Elizabeth has an oceanic climate. The area lies between the winter rainfall, Mediterranean climate zones of the Western Cape and the summer rainfall regions of eastern South Africa. Winters are cool but mild and summers are warm but considerably less humid and hot than more northerly parts of South Africa's east coast. This...


Orange Farm Fire Disaster

05 May 2011

Orange Farm is a township located approximately 45 km from Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is the largest informal settlement in South Africa, with most estimates giving a population of 1 million people. Most people live in Shacks. The streets are full of dongas and when it rains the streets become muddy making ii impossible for cars to pass. Many of the inhabitants of Orange Farm are poor and impoverished.


Operation Winter Warmth 2011

03 Mar 2011

South Africa is generally a sunny country but climate change seems to be influencing this norm. In the north and east of the country, the climate is sub tropical and towards the coastal areas, it is Mediterranean. The central regions have a continental climate, often cold at night but hot during the day. KwaZulu Natal has a sub tropical climate with high humidity in summer. The southern Gauteng region has hot summers with occasional thundershowers and frosty winters, while the lowveld has mild...


Northern Natal & Gauteng Floods - Ladysmith

11 Jan 2011

Ladysmith is located on the banks of the Klip River (stone river), with the central business district and a large part of the residential areas located within the flood basin of the river. It is on on the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, about 26 km from the Van Reenen pass. The town has suffered severely from flooding of the Klip River since it was establshed some 110 years ago. Till the completion of the Qedusizi Dam in 1997, 29 serious floods have occurred. Minor flooding occurred...


Beaufort West- Water Crisis

19 Dec 2010

In the early months of 2011, The Al-Imdaad Foundation embarked on a project to assist the drought stricken town of Beaufort West by sending tankers of water to the desperate inhabitants. The town had been without beneficial rains since October 2010 and rain did not seem to be forthcoming. With the dam drying up and the few boreholes in the town nearing empty, the picture for Beaufort West began to look bleak indeed.


Refugee and IDP Rehabilitation

31 Oct 2017

In South Africa there exists refugee communities, from Somalia, East and Central Africa and other regions. These communities often struggle with essential needs and sometimes are subject to discrimination and Xenophobic violence. Al-Imdaad Foundation makes it a point to reach out to needy refugee communities especially in the context of xenophobia where they may become internally displaced due to violence and discrimination.


Feeding Schemes

26 Oct 2010

Al-Imdaad Foundation’s support for feeding schemes and soup kitchens allows hungry individuals to partake of a free meal. Feeding programmes are often part of interventions for families displaced by xenophobia, flooding, fires etc. In some locations, a regular programmes provides meals at education centres, mosques and other community institutions. SUPPORT OUR FEEDING SCHEMES TODAY AND HELP US FEED HUNGRY MOUTHS


Bramley/Alex Fire Disaster - 4 October 2010

02 Oct 2010

Hundreds of shack dwellers in Bramley, north of Johannesburg, remained destitute on Monday after a shack fire at the weekend. About four hundred families were left homeless on Sunday. Most of the residents lost all their possessions in the fire and have been sleeping on the ground. The settlement affected was a camp of 1,200 to 1,400 people. Disaster Management appealed to Al-Imdaad Foundation for assistance in helping the victims of the fire. The Al-Imdaad Foundation adhered to the call and...


Pre-Ramadaan Hamper Distribution

23 Jul 2010

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has established an annual pre-Ramadaan hamper distribution drive to assist the poor and needy with essential food items in the lead up to the sacred month. The hampers are substantial, and include basic and non-perishable items such as oil, maize, pasta, sugar and dates. Distribution occurs in the poorest areas across all nine provinces and a stringent process is applied to ensure that deserving recipients receive aid. Through consultation with ulema in the different...


Pre-Ramadan Hamper Distribution - 2010 / 1431AH

22 Jul 2010

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has established an annual pre-Ramadaan hamper distribution drive to assist the poor and needy with essential food items in the lead up to the sacred month. The hampers are substantial, and include basic and non-perishable items such as oil, maize, pasta, sugar and dates. Distribution occurs in the poorest areas across all nine provinces and a stringent process is applied to ensure that deserving recipients receive aid. Through consultation with ulema in the different...


Kennedy Road Informal Settlement Fire Disaster

04 Jul 2010

The Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) responded swiftly with aid for the victims of a massive fire in the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban which broke out on Sunday, 4 July 2010. Two people lost their lives and more than 2000 others were left homeless. On Monday, July 5 2010, the AIF team and KZN MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube conducted a ceremonial handover of food hampers at the Kennedy Road Hall. AIF then entered joint discussions with the KZN Disaster Management,...


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...


Alexandra Fire Disaster / Winter Warmth Relief

16 Jun 2010

More than 450 squatters were left homeless when their shacks were razed to the ground after a fire broke out in the Alexandra township in Johannesburg on June 18 2010. They lost most of their possessions and had no other means of shelter during the bitterly cold winter month. The Al-Imdaad Foundation liased with the SA Disaster Management to provide immediate aid to the victims. After conducting an assessment of the disaster with the local authorities and those affected, AIF distributed food...


Operation Winter Warmth 2010

13 May 2010

The Al-Imaad Foundation launched its annual Winter Warmth campaign in May 2010 with the aim of assisting the poor and underprivileged who are most vulnerable during the bitterly cold South African winter. AIF’s winter warmth distribution drives are held in all nine provinces each year. In 2009, 30 000 blankets were distributed nationwide.


Madrasah Imdaadiyya

30 Oct 2017

After the lap of the mother, the foundational Islamic learning of every child takes place in the Maktab Madrasah (Islamic learning centre), wherein the child is moulded through the dual means of Tarbiyah (Moral instruction) and Ta’lim (Islamic Education). Madrasah Imdaadiyya endeavours to provide an environment conducive to the imparting of these two means in the manner bequeathed to us by our noble elders. The vision and mission of Madrasah Imdaadiyya is to provide a high standard of Ta'lim...


Joint Distribution between Proudly South African & the Al-Imdaad Foundation Food Aid Distribution

09 Dec 2009

The Al-Imdaad Foundation is registered as a proudly South African organisation and it takes this affiliation to heart. The Al-Imdaad Foundation is proud to display the South African flag in all its distributions whether locally or abroad. The foundation therefore was happy to conduct a joint operation with Proudly South African representatives in the Daveyton area of Johannesburg.


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,...


Rand-a-Day Debit Order scheme

31 Oct 2017

Al-Imdaad Foundation’s programmes and activities rely on the support of our donors. We aim to respond to every major disaster and incident in South Africa and internationally as part of our mission of striving to serve humanity. In order for this to happen we need the sustained support of our donors. The Rand-A-Day debit order scheme allows donors to contribute a little every day, that, when taken together, can make a significant impact. We encourage each family to donate one Rand per family member...


Operation Winter Warmth 2009

08 Jun 2009

Given the harsh Gauteng winter climate, the Al-Imdaad Foundation's annual winter warmth campaign aims to provide some respite from the cold for the poor and underprivileged communities in Johannesburg. The 2009 winter warmth blanket distribution drives were held in Lehae, Vlakfontein, Orange Farm, Zakariyya Park and central Johannesburg. Thousands of blankets were distributed to recipients. AIF partnered with the City of Johannesburg's Youth Wing and the Channel Islam Foundation's Cross Roads...


Vlakfontein Early Childhood Development Centre

31 Oct 2008

The Al-Imdaad Foundation officially handed over a state-of-the-art early childhood development (ECD) centre in Vlakfontein on Mandela Day, July 18 2010. COSATU Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi was the guest of honour. Attendees included the Johannesburg MMC for Social Development Bafana Sithole, local government officials, media, ulema, and children who attend the crèche. In 2008, the Foundation was approached by the City of Johannesburg to develop a new crèche in Vlakfontein, one of Johannesburg’s...


Operation Winter Warmth - Corporate Donors

05 Jul 2008

The Al-Imdaad Foundation has formed successful partnerships with corporate donors to expand its winter warmth campaigns across South Africa. In 2008, AIF partnered with the Ideals Group and the Muslim Association of Southern Africa on a blanket distribution drive in the Eastern Cape. The poor and underprivileged residents of Mthatha received blankets with which to brave the winter season. In Kwa Zulu Natal, AIF partnered with Macksons, a local business in Estcourt, to similarly provide hundreds...


Winterton Fire 2007

28 Jul 2007

In July 2007 the winter fire season saw a devastating fire striking the Winterton Area of northern KwaZulu-Natal. Reports indicate the death of a young child and the serious injury of up to twenty five people. The fire affected rural dwellers totally destroying 40 homesteads and eight labour houses, a further 38 houses suffered wind damage from the associated strong winds driving the fires. In total up to 400 people were thus affected by the fire which laid waste to water infrastructure, fencing...


Medical Rehabilitation Projects

23 Dec 2006

In South Africa, our regular medical projects continue to benefit the local community including support for the medical costs of welfare patients, distribution of mobility aids such as walking sticks and wheelchairs, and medical outreach programmes. We also regularly partner for medical outreach programmes with the Islamic Medical Association (IMA) in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal. Another imporatant initiative has been our support for Phila Mtwana Child Malnutrition Centres in Northern KwaZulu-Natal...


Admin Costs

31 Oct 2017

Admin costs are an important part of making any NGO's activities viable. The Al-Imdaad Foundation follows a strict 100% donations policy which means that every cent donated to a given project is utilised for that project with no commission or administration cost fees deducted. This means that all admin costs must be specifically donated towards, to ensure the organisation’s activities can be sustained. Donors are therefore encouraged to contribute towards Admin costs at the Al-Imdaad Foundation...


AIF in Partnership with Wits University COHOP.

19 Jul 2004

The Al-Imdaad Foundation partnered with the University of Witwatersrand to assist in their outreach programmes which have been operational since 1984 and continue to serve many impoverished communities. These programmes not only provide an essential service but function as a platform for health services research and teaching. They have also proved to be a stepping stone for other projects, which have developed substantially in the past few years, such as the Health Promotion Unit, the A traumatic...