Al-Imdaad Foundation
31 Dec 2013

Dr Zweli Mkhize Premier of KZN hands over bicycles sponsored by the Al-Imdaad Foundation

Mooi River food parcel distribution

22 Dec 2014

During the month of December 2015, the Honourable Mayor of Mooi River Mrs M Magubane made a request to the Al-Imdaad Foundation to hand out food parcels to vulnerable members of the community that had been identified. The parcels were distributed in the following in wards 3 and 4 as well as in the Rainbow Nation area. This project was initiated under the banner of Operation Sukuma Sakhe which worked with community leaders in each ward to identify the most impoverished households. The Mayor of Mooi River, Mrs Magubane thanked the Foundation for the generous support.

Al-Imdaad participates in MEC Khonyeni's opening of Senzokuhle Combined School

20 Oct 2014

Working with Operation Sukuma Sakhe allows the Al-Imdaad Foundation to target specific areas of need that are identified through the OSS structures thereby enabling direct responses in different aspects of the socio-economic spectrum. One of these areas is the area of education where many learners at rural schools struggle to obtain uniforms, stationery and other essentials. Sometimes the schools cannot provide soap and toilet paper for the often limited sanitation facilities at the school thus forcing the learners to adopt unhygienic practices. In a bid to respond to some of these issues, the Al-Imdaad Foundation was requested by the Department of Education through Operation Sukuma Sakhe, to assist with the following interventions during the MEC's opening of Senzokuhle Combined School: • 10 school uniforms were distributed to learners who could not afford their own uniforms or were forced to wear a single uniform for multiple days at a time • 150 hygiene packs for the needy learners of the school which would allow the learners to maintain good hygiene practices and thus avoid germs and infection. The Al-Imdaad Foundation was also given an opportunity to say a few words of support to the learners at school, a task duly performed by one of the Al-Imdaad team members on site for the distribution. The students were very appreciative of the contributions and the MEC of Education Ms Khonyeni acknowledged and thanked the Al-Imdaad Foundation for their continuous support.

Chivelle Area Distribution in Partnership with Estcourt Department of Social Development

15 Oct 2014

As part of an Operation Sukume Sakhe Outreach activity the Al-Imdaad Foundation together with the Estcourt Department of Social Development visited the small impoverished settlement of Chivelle outside Estcourt. Together they distributed a bed and blanket to Joseph Mabaso, a single, impoverished man, who has had to sleep for some time on the bare floor of his hut. His situation was so bad that sometimes he slept on an empty stomach and could not even afford the money for a candle to light his home. Mr Mbaso doesn’t even have a stove to cook on and must collect wood in order to cook his meals. He also uses tin cans to cook due to the fact he doesn’t have any pots or dishes. In the same area the Mzolo family was also visited. This family lived in a dilapidated 1 room mud hut with a leaking roof that made sleeping especially difficult on rainy days as the family slept on the floor. A bed a blanket pack was also donated to this family whose 4 year old son had fallen ill due to the difficult living conditions. The Zuma family, another impoverished family living in the same area, also received a bed and blanket pack to be used by their children. Sithembiso Ntshali is a bedridden man also from the Chieville area who is always left unattended because his mother works on a farm that is 5 km away. During the same distribution, the Al-Imdaad Foundation handed over a wheelchair to Mr. Ntshali to help alleviate his suffering and allow him a degree of mobility. He was extremely grateful and with tears rolling down his cheeks he thanked AIF for this kind donation. The Al-Imdaad Foundation was touched by the opportunity to distribute to such needy recipient in our back yard made possible by our alliance with OSS structures in the region.

The Al-Imdaad Foundation distributes uniforms at Isiphsemvelo High School

29 Sep 2014

As part of the Operation Sukuma Sakhe’s war on poverty The Al-Imdaad Foundation in partnership with Amajuba Operation Sukuma Sakhe and Amajuba District Mayor handed over uniforms to the neediest students in Isiphosemvelo High School in Danhauser. Due to high levels of unemployment the town has many impoverished residents who cannot afford to purchase school uniforms for their children. The Al-Imdaad Foundation’s distribution allows these children to retain their dignity and improve their self-esteem thereby having a positive effect on their learning experience. The program was also attended by the Honourable District Mayor of Amajuba Municipality and representatives from the Department of Education, the Department of DSD, and the Department of rural Development, the Department of Health and Amajuba Municipality. The Honourable Mayor acknowledged the Al-Imdaaad Foundation for the wonderful work it has implemented locally and internationally.

Al-Imdaad participates during the Director Generals visit to Geluksburg

02 Aug 2014

On the 3rd of March 2014 the Director General of KwaZulu-Natal conducted a visit to the Geluksburg area as part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe’s War Room Community Dialogue Series. Geluksburg is small rural village on the borders of the Free State and KZN. Because of its relatively isolated location the residents are especially vulnerable to the effects of poverty as they have limited acess to the fruits of development. Upon request from the office of the premier, the Al-Imdaad Foundation also participated in the event and conducted distributions blankets, walking sticks and warm hats and gloves to aid the needy residents of the community to better face the approaching winter. The Al-Imdaad Foundation was also given an opportunity to address the congregation and offer words of support to the community and thereafter the Programme Director, Mrs Tryphina Gwenya and the Director General, Mrs Ngidi acknowledged the Al-Imdaad Foundation and thanked the Foundation for its continuous support.

Al-Imdaad Foundation partners with the DOH & OSS to combat Malnutrition.

12 May 2014

The 2012 Global Hunger Index estimates that South Africa is ranked 9th in the world for the highest levels of hunger. Up to 15% of South African infants are born with a low birth weight and 5% of South African children are so underweight they are considered wasted. The specific consequences of malnutrition vary depending on the individual and the specific nutrients the individual's diet is lacking. South Africa's Department of Health has established various special programs and initiatives, like the Integrated Nutrition Program, to combat the detrimental effects of malnutrition. In a bid to combat Malnutrition in the Okhahlamba Sub-District of Kwa-Zulu Natal, particularly in the areas of Emmaus, Magangozi, Khethani, and Moswazini, The Al-Imdaad Foundation has partnered with OSS & the Department of Health to address this problem. The Al-Imdaad Foundation together with the Department of Health handed over food packs to families’ whose children had been affected by malnutrition. The food packs were prepared by dieticians from Emmaus hospital to ensure that the children as well the mother had sufficient nutrition in their diet. The department of health has also established Phila Mtwana centres to combat malnutrition and the Al-Imdaad Foundation is supporting these centres by providing salt and sugar which is used to prepare a solution used to treat dehydration. Drinking cups and storage containers are supplied for these purposes. The Al-Imdaad Foundation will be providing scales, and measuring tapes to other Phila Mtwana centres in the Uthukela District to use in the regular testing of children for nutrition related complications.

Distribution of stationery packs in Bergville in partnership with Department of Education

18 Mar 2014

The OSS structures in the Ladysmith region have developed very close working relationships with the Al-Imdaad Foundation allowing the Foundation to address a number of pressing concerns in key areas of poverty eradication and development. As part of this the Al-Imdaad Foundation in partnership with the Department of Education distributed 100 stationery packs to the needy learners of two schools in the Okhahlamba region on the 19th of March 2014. These packs would help these students to gain the most out of their education and avoid the embarrassment of not being able to participate in classroom activities and lessons. The Foundation was accompanied by a representative from the Department to the two schools that had been identified in the region being Maye Primary and Nqobile Combined School. The Principals of the two schools thanked the Al-Imdaad Foundation for the sterling work that the Foundation was doing with the Department of Education in responding to learners and schools in need.

Al-Imdaad assits the destitute in Impendle with the Presidency

19 Feb 2014

On the 26th December 2012 President J.G. Zuma visited Impendle as part of his annual visit. Whilst there he visited the Maduna family at Inzinga where there were three young orphan children living in unsatisfactory conditions. The President was concerned with the condition of the house and therefore requested Al-Imdaad Foundation to intervene by plastering, painting and renovating the house. Having successfully carried out the renovation of the house the Al-Imdaad Foundation together with President Zuma and Operation Sukuma Sakhe handed over the house to the grateful family on the 18th of December 2013. The Al-Imdaad Foundation also sponsored two of the three children with bursaries. Also part of the day's proceedings, the Al-Imdaad Foundation distributed walking sticks, wheelchairs, stationary packs and sanitary pads to the needy community. The event was attended by many dignitaries most notably Chief Zuma of Impendle, Deputy Director General of the Office of the premier, Busisiwe Khuzwayo and MEC for KZN Treasury Ms Ina Cronje. The President thanked Al-Imdaad Foundation for its continuous support and urged the Foundation to continue with the good work being carried out countrywide.

Al-Imdaad participates in the launch of the Phila Mtwana centres in the Okhalamba Municipality

18 Feb 2014

On the 19th of February 2014 the Al-Imdaad foundation participated in the launch off the Phila Mtwana centres in the Okhlamba district municipality. The Session was opened by Sister Mthabela Ngwenya who explained that studies had shown that Okhalamba was the region with the highest number of cases of malnutrition in the country with up to 465 cases in 2013 alone. The sister also mentioned the importance of organisations working together to combat malnutrition due the scale of the problem and the resources it would require to address it. During the Launch event which was attended by a number of NGOs involved in the struggle against malnutrition, the Al-Imdaad Foundation also addressed the congregation and explained Al-Imdaad's role in disaster relief and poverty eradication. After the presentation the Al-Imdaad foundation handed over a contribution to the Phila Mtwana centres consisting of the following items to be used in combatting dehydration: 17 containers for salt, 17 containers for sugar, 20 small cups for children to drink from, 17 x 2,5 kg sugar and 17 x 1kg salt. The salt and sugar is used to produce a solution used in combatting dehydration which often plagues poor communities where due to illness or inadequate water intake many children suffer the terrible consequences of this condition. Dehydration and malnutrition often go hand in hand in these communities and can lead to fatal consequences for the children involved. During the early years of development the body is fragile and recovery is often difficult which makes the necessity of institutions like Phila Mtwana which can identify and treat potential cases early on especially important.

Al-Imdaad Foundation in partnership with Department of Health (Emmaus hospital) assists in the fight against malnutrition in UKhahlamba Municipality

05 Feb 2014

As per request from UThukela District, the Al-Imdaad Foundation has become a key partner in the malnutrition programme in UKhahlamba Municipality. The lead department of this program is the Department of Health at the Emmaus Hospital. In its capacity as a partner the Al-Imdaad Foundation attends meetings that are arranged by the Emmaus hospital to understand the issues and to identify the gaps that exists in the region with regard the fight against malnutrition. As part of its on-going support for the Malnutrition Program, on the 06th of February 2014, the Al-Imdaad Foundation together with Department of Health visited homes that had been affected by malnutrition. The teams conducted an assessment to determine issues that needed immediate intervention. The following areas were targeted for the assessment: Magangangozi, Mamfemfetheni, Mhlwazini and Overshoot Farm. As part of its response to the problem, the Al-Imdaad Foundation in consultation with Department of Health and nutritional experts from the Emmaus hospital prepared nutritional food packs that were distributed during home visits. The Foundation is also planning to assist the families with hygiene packs, Jojo tanks and food garden items as this will enable the families to produce their own food and have adequate water for household consumption. This will also ensure sustainability of the project and allow children to avoid Malnutrition and Dehydration which had caused up to 465 deaths in the region in 2013 alone, making it the most vulnerable region with regard to malnutrition related fatalities.

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