Al-Imdaad Foundation
29 Mar 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation responded to the needs of displaced foreign nationals who had been forced out of their homes after Xenophobic attacks on their shops, houses and vehicles

Xenophobia Response: Week Three

19 Apr 2015

Al-Imdaad Foundation teams have now been providing assistance to victims of Xenophobic violence for going on three weeks with activities at all of the three operational camps in Phoenix, Isipingo and Chatsworth. From feeding schemes to hygiene packs, mattresses and blankets, the Al-Imdaad Foundation has been there to assist. Our teams are committed to helping the victims for as long as it takes for an effective resolution to come about.

Al-Imdaad Foundation teams on the ground at the new Phoenix camp

17 Apr 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation teams have distributed blankets and Mattresses to the displaced foreign nationals at the Phoenix camp. The camp has now become a sprawling community of over 2000 with up to five large residential tents, a medical tent, a kitchen tent put up by the Al-Imdaad Foundation and other essential facilities. The Al-Imdaad Foundation teams have also been involved in the food committee at the camp providing breakfast sandwiches and supper meals in conjunction with local donors.

New camp opens in Phoenix

16 Apr 2015

Due to the swelling numbers in the Greenwood Park and Verulam camps, the authorities decided that a third, larger camp would be established in Phoenix and that all the foreigners from these two camps would be transferred here. The Al-Imdaad Foundation teams would be on the ground at the new camp to assist in the set up and administration of core camp functions such as feeding as well as providing mattresses and blankets for the displaced victims.

The Al-Imdaad Foundation continues to support victims of Xenophobic attacks in Durban Camps

16 Apr 2015

Almost three weeks in and the Xenophobic violence which started in Isipingo, south of Durban, has now spread to several locations in KwaZulu-Natal with thousands displaced and up to five foreigners losing their lives. Four temporary transition camps have been set up by eThekwini Disaster Management around the Durban area to house the displaced forreign nationals. The Al-Imdaad Foundation has continued to provide support to the foreign nationals living at the camps, many of whom are awaiting repatriation. Yesterday, the 15th of April, further mattresses had to be delivered to the Isipingo Camp to cater for the swelling numbers. In addition, 238 mattresses were supplied to one of the most recently established camps set up in the Greenwood Park area. As of the 16th of April a new camp was being set up for displaced foreigners in the Phoenix area and the Al-Imdaad Foundation ground teams were on standby to assist.

Al-Imdaad Foundation teams Assist in Green Wood Park and Verulam

13 Apr 2015

After xenophobic violence spread to other areas of Durban, another camp had to be opened up in the Greenwood Park area. In addition to this, local communities in the Verulam area set up their own camp for displaced foreigners in the surrounding areas. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams assisted with distributions of blankets and mattresses in the Greenwood Park camp as well as administering the distributions of food aid donated by NGO’s and donors. In Verulam Al-Imdaad Teams were also on site to provide guidance and support to the community.

Al-Imdaad Provides aid to Victims of violence in Chatsworth

08 Apr 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation teams were once again on the ground to assist the victims of xenophobic violence in Chatsworth. Responding to a request from eThekwini disaster management, they helped the victims by distributing, mattresses, blankets and hygiene packs that would help to alleviate some of the difficulty for those forced to seek refuge in the transition camps.

Xenophobic Violence spreads to Chatsworth

07 Apr 2015

The past week has seen the spread of xenophobic violence into a number of areas around Durban including several informal settlements in the Chatsworth area. Foreigners were forced to flee their homes and belongings and were eventually escorted to safety at the Chatsworth police station. As with the earlier incident in Isipingo, a temporary relocation camp was set up on a sports ground in Unit 3b in Chatsworth.

The Al-Imdaad Foundation provides cereal for Infants at the camp

05 Apr 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation continued providing food for the displaced foreign nationals in the new week with support from the local community. Due to the large number of infants under 18 months living at the camp who struggled to eat the breakfast sandwiches, the Al-Imdaad Foundation distributed 40 of our specially formulated MAKE BREAKFAST POSSIBLE cereal packs which would be easier to consume and more nutritious for the younger residents.

The Al-Imdaad Foundation and local donors provide further meals for the displaced foreigners

04 Apr 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation continued to provide breakfast meals to the displaced foreign nationals at the camp, numbering some 227, through Friday and the weekend. They were also supported by local donors who supplied cooked lunch and evening meals under the Al-Imdaad Foundation banner. At the close of the weekend things appeared to be settling down and the foreigners were able to walk to local garages around the camp unhindered.

Foreigners relocated to Isipingo Sports ground and the Al-Imdaad Foundation provides meals and bedding packs for their use

01 Apr 2015

On Thursday the 2nd of April, a briefing meeting chaired by MEC for Social Development, Mrs Weziwe Thusi was held in consultation with local stakeholders and NGOs. The MEC of Health, Dr Sbongiseni Dlomo was also present. As an outcome of the meeting, it was concluded that the foreign nationals would be relocated to a temporary camp on the Isipingo Sports Grounds. The Al-Imdaad Foundation was present from the outset of the relocation and provided breakfast and lunch meals to the hungry foreign nationals and also distributed mattresses and blankets to those staying at the camp.

Al-Imdaad Foundation provides food to refugees staying at Ispingo Police Station

30 Mar 2015

After the foreigners had taken refuge at the Isipingo Police Station, they were staying in very difficult conditions, sleeping for two nights on the cold floor outside the station with no access to food and only one toilet to meet the needs of the hundreds of displaced people. On Tuesday 31st of March, The Al-Imdaad Foundation provided food aid to the hungry foreign nationals who included many women and children who were staying at the station.

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