27 Oct 2016

On October 21st 2016, at the Minara Business Chamber Awards Gala dinner, the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s local project coordinator, Abed Karrim took the Community Builder Award 2016.

According to Minara, the Community Builder Award is given to any South African who has delivered exceptional contributions in community service. It is an open award for any Individual or organisation that is selfless in the service to humanity. At the helm of Al-Imdaad Foundation’s local projects, Abed Karrim has embodied the foundation’s mission of striving to serve humanity. The foundation has been active locally in South Africa in numerous areas of the humanitarian field. Over the years the foundation has built strong partnerships with local Disaster Management authorities in South Africa at all levels. It also works very closely with the Department of Social Development and the poverty eradication wing of government known as Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS). As an official social partner in various development and poverty eradication programmes, the Al-Imdaad Foundation has become a household name across the country and a key player in building up communities in need wherever they may be. The Community Builder Award was an encouragement for Mr Karrim and the foundation to continue in their efforts in disaster relief, poverty eradication and social development. The Al-Imdaad Foundation has several trademark projects that continue to service thousands of needy South Africans on an ongoing basis. These include a school breakfast initiative known as MAKE BREAKFAST POSSIBLE which ensures needy learners start the day with a high nutrition cereal. It also runs a sandwich distribution programme at hospitals and clinics across the country known as the SLICE-4-LIFE programme. In addition, the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s annual Operation Winter Warmth campaign has become one of the country’s biggest blanket drives with tens of thousands of blankets distributed across South African provinces each year. The Al-Imdaad Foundation believes in a brighter future for all South Africans and that it is everyone’s duty to help bring that future about. The foundation says it always remembers the words of our first president, Nelson Mandela who said “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” The efforts of the Al-Imdaad Foundation at home in South Africa, has made it a key NGO in adding value to communities across the country. It seems fitting therefore that head coordinator for local projects, Mr Abed Karrim, was recognised by the Minara Chamber of Commerce to receive the Community Builder Award 2016.
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