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...
Vision4Life eye-care programme
03 Mar 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 benefitted many patients in 2014. It will involve the screening of patients from disadvantaged schools, old age homes and other areas where effective treatment may be difficult to obtain. Those...
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 Gauteng 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 ensure that a girl is in class for the duration of the school calendar, Al-Imdaad Foundation partnered with the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and the Department of Social Development (DSD) to provide Dignity packs for female high school students. These will help ensure female learners can stay in school...
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.
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...