10 Nov 2016

The Al-Imdaad Foundation had made a number of small but meaningful interventions at the crèche including providing mattresses, face towels, water buckets

On Wednesday, October 26, the Al-Imdaad Foundation joined the KwaZulu-Natal Premier and MECs for an Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) Cabinet Day visit to the newly named Alfred Duma Municipality in uThukela District. The Al-Imdaad Foundation is a social partner to the KZN government and the OSS poverty alleviation programme. As part of this partnership it often joins in Cabinet Day visits and other programmes to lend support and target communities in need. OSS Cabinet Days are monthly Community Outreach Programmes where government interacts with members of the community to address social ills. The community of Alfred Duma Local Municipality, where this event took place, is affected by a high rate of deaths amongst mothers and infants under the age of five. There is also a high rate of teenage pregnancies, which often results in young girls dropping out of school and can have a negative impact on literacy and unemployment rates. Cabinet Day is an opportunity for the community to interact with government and discuss these, and other needs. During the programme, the Al-Imdaad Foundation delegation split into two teams with one team accompanying the Premier Willies Mchunu to the Tsakane community and the other team accompanied MEC Zikalala to the rural Mthande area. Together with the Premier, the Al-Imdaad Foundation team in Tsakane handed out a number of interventions at the Tsakane Crèche and Slindokuhle High School. KwaZulu-Natal MEC Sihle Zikala and MEC Ravi Pillay together with Waseem Mohamed of the Al-Imdaad Foundation hand over a wheelchair to Thandazile Mhlongo. According to Al-Imdaad project Co-ordinator Hassan Shazi: “Tskane Crèche is very poorly resourced and the children sit and sleep on the floors, lacking basic equipment and furniture.” Mr Shazi said that the Al-Imdaad Foundation had made a number of small but meaningful interventions at the crèche including providing mattresses, face towels, water buckets, Vaseline, soap and a first aid kit. Pots, crockery, cutlery and utensils were also provided to be used in preparing and serving meals to the children. Snack packs and bottled water was also provided and hygiene packs were distributed to the high school learners. In his briefing, the Premier stressed the importance of education in our society saying: “If we want to fight unemployment and injustice, we need a good education system with good infrastructure and a good environment that will motivate students.” He also thanked the Al-Imdaad Foundation for their continued support, recalling a previous intervention where the foundation had supplied doors and windows at Sizamelani High School in the Amajuba district. The team accompanying MEC Zikalala visited the Mthande Primary School. Al-Imdaad Foundation Project Co-ordinator Waseem Mohamed said that they distributed hygiene packs and walking sticks. Mr Mohamed also said: “We supplied a wheel chair which was given to Ms Thandazile Mhlongo by MEC Zikalala and MEC Ravi Pillay.” MEC Zikalala thanked the foundation for their support of OSS initiatives. Head of local projects for the Al-Imdaad Foundation, Mr Abed Karrim said: “We will continue to partner with OSS to assist communities in need and add value to their lives.” He also said, “In working together there is no limit to what we can achieve in striving to serve humanity.
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