Al-Imdaad FoundationAL-IMDAAD FOUNDATION
08 Mar 2011

"As you enter Beaufort West and drive over the bridge where a river is supposed to be, you will notice that there is only rubble. The area is scorching hot and in dire need of rain urgently and we contniue to make Duah that this will happen soon."

Aid relief agency Al Imdaad Foundation (AIF) has handed over 2 million litres of water to the Beaufort West community, which has been in dire need for the past few months. The little Karoo town has been experiencing a continuous and devastating drought, causing dams and rivers to be almost completely dried up. The Foundation became part of a water drive, after Theuns Coetzee of Bonnievale farms appealed for assistance from across the country to donate water for the drought-stricken community. According to AIF international relations officer, Muhamed Sader, the organisation urgently jumped aboard the iniatitive. "We called on the community and our Muslim donors to contribute to the appeal and we were amazed by the amount donated. This was done all in good faith over the telephone, so there was no exchange of money or signatures prior to the delivery." "Providing water is a form of sadaqah and this proved to be a success as we then bought 60 tankers of water, which amounted to over two million litres," he said, adding that the drought is visible in the Karoo town and has impacted every aspect of life. "As you enter Beaufort West and drive over the bridge where a river is supposed to be, you will notice that there is only rubble. The area is scorching hot and in dire need of rain urgently and we contniue to make Duah that this will happen soon." Sader the Muslim community in Beaufort West has been very pro-active in finding ways to dealing with the water crisis. "We witnessed how tankers of water was taken to the reservoirs and pumped into the system so the community of Beaufort West can get clean, usable water. The Muslim community also came in their droves to support the initiative by assisting with the banners and arrangements which we needed to make ahead of time." The Foundation monitors situations throughout the world that are also in need of assistance, but they require the country to send an emergency crisis appeal before they embark on relief efforts. Sader said they were keeping a close eye on developments in New Zealand at present, which has been rocked by a devestating earthquake. "As for New Zealand, Al Imdaad has an office in Australia, so as soon as there is any indication that they do require aid, we are not that far away and can do so as soon as possible." For more information contact www.alimdaad.com or 0861 786243. Courtesy: Voice of the Cape (Aqeelah Bawa)
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