Millions of children in the developing world are denied the benefits and opportunities that a good education offers. As a result, inequality, poverty and illiteracy continue to burden developing countries. The Al-Imdaad Foundation works within communities in South Africa to make education more widely available and affordable. Our projects include the building of crèches and schools, stationery provision, bursaries and scholarships and teacher training programmes.

Darrunisa Girls Training Institute

08 Apr 2020

The Al-Imdaad Foundation’s office in Kenya started Darunnisaa as an empowerment training centre to provide education and skills to post primary students who cannot afford to attend high school. The centre provides instruction in English, Arabic and Islamic studies, Swahili, Mathematics and Computer Literacy. It also provides lessons in sewing and has plans to include other courses in cookery, beauty and cosmetics and salon studies. The main idea is to empower young women with skills and education...

Back-2-School Campaign

13 Jan 2020

The beginning of the new school year is a time of mixed emotions. For some students it is a time of excitement for others it is a time of embarrassment and dread. Students who cannot afford stationery or school bags often feel very shy about their situation. These feelings can negatively impact on their concentration and overall performance. This is not even considering the actual negative effects their lack of stationery has on their ability to engage in their school day activities. Sometimes...

Education Programmes in South Africa

27 Oct 2017

The Al-Imdaad Foundation’s education projects in South Africa have been ongoing for many years now and in that period the foundation has been able to support students and learners across educational levels from the early childhood development phase right until tertiary education. Through a number of projects which range from the establishment of specialised early childhood development centres, the provision of stationery and school bags, the furnishing of crèches and the provision of bursaries...

Education Projects in Indonesia

27 Oct 2017

Many schools in Indonesia serve the needs of the lowest income strata in addition to middle class students. Some schools have so many poor students who cannot afford to pay fees that severe financial strain is put on the budget for meals and running costs. These schools are thus in desperate need of assistance to help them get through on a monthly basis. Operating from our Indonesian offices, the Al-Imdaad Foundation is able to support these schools with their monthly expenses. Through these efforts...

Back2School 2017

12 Jan 2017

The beginning of the new school year is a time of mixed emotions. For some students it is a time of excitement for others it is a time of embarrassment and dread. Students who cannot afford stationery or school bags often feel very shy about their situation. These feelings can negatively impact on their concentration and overall performance. This is not even considering the actual negative effects their lack of stationery has on their ability to engage in their school day activities. Sometimes...

Education Centres in Malawi

31 Oct 2017

In Malawi, rural poverty often means a lack of adequate facilities for the development of young minds. The Al-Imdaad Foundation has recently established Salima Education Institute in Mkote Village in the Salima District, aims to address this problem. The institute includes classrooms, hostel facilities, teachers’ residences and ablution blocks which serve the children of some 300 families in the area. Al-Imdaad Foundation continues to support education projects in Malawi to help make long...

Gaza Back to school project 2016

29 Sep 2016

Each year in Gaza, families are eager to begin the new school year which represents at least one marker of a return to normalcy after the multiple conflicts and tension that has plagued the area. Due to the difficult economic situation however, many families are uncertain about how to transport their children to school or how to ensure they are safe in the school environment. Another concern is the provision of stationary and other essential learning materials and items that are required at the...

Back to School stationery distributions 2016

13 Mar 2016

We cannot imagine the hardship and struggle of young learners who cannot afford their own stationery. It can be a source of embarrassment and an obstacle to effective learning. It is well into the third month of school and many students still do not have the stationery they need. The Al-Imdaad Foundation has therefore worked in coordination with local OSS structures to come up with a list of needy learners at various KZN schools. This list has been used to conduct a stationery distribution campaign...

Disability Centre in the Gaza Camp in Jordan

11 Feb 2020

The Gaza refugee-camp in Jordan is one of the poorest camps in the country with refugees mainly from the Gaza strip. Most refugees here have no ID permits and are unable to obtain employment within Jordan making their position especially vulnerable. Within the camp an important disability centre has been operating to address the needs of disabled refugees in the surrounding communities. The centre was initially a UNHCR funded programme but funding was dropped leaving it unable to function effectively....

Turkish language course for Syrian Orphans

30 Jun 2015

The Al-Imdaad Foundation is facilitating a Turkish language course for orphans at 4 orphanages in the Turkish province of Reyhanli as well as a number of identified orphans living with their guardians. The overall objective of the project is to support the education of the orphaned children, help them integrate with the local community and make a positive investment in the future of the Syrian people. Up to 200 orphans will benefit directly from the course which will be offered on site at each...

Masjid al-Basheer Reconstruction Project

29 Apr 2015

Masjids are one of the most important buildings in Islamic countries. The first thing that the prophet Mohammed (peace upon him) decided to do upon immigration from Makkah to was to build a masjid which represents the great importance of these holy buildings in Islamic tradition. Palestine is one of the Muslim countries containing a large number of holy places and Masjids. These holy places accommodate large numbers of people on a daily basis and therefore need regular maintenance. Moreover,...

Back To School Stationery Distribution 2015

15 Mar 2015

Many learners at South African Schools cannot afford to meet even the most basic stationery requirements forcing them into a situation of great embarrassment and difficulty during day to day classroom activities. This in turn can adversely affect their academic performance and limit their progress. Not having a pen to write or a rule to measure or even a book to write in should not be a situation any student finds themselves in and the Al-Imdaad Foundation is committed to making sure that it helps...

UCAS Education Project

28 Feb 2015

Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has created the worst humanitarian crisis since its occupation began in 1967. The eight years of economic hardship have brought the Palestinian economy to the verge of collapse with living standards having dropped considerably and levels of poverty, deprivation and unemployment increasing rapidly throughout the territories. A majority of Palestinians some 80% now live below the poverty line, and about half of them, live in conditions of extreme poverty. This...

Siccu village school

18 Aug 2014

As a result of the conflict, one in every five schools in Syria has been destroyed, damaged or converted into shelters for displaced families – disrupting schooling for hundreds of thousands of children. Already many children have gaps of three to four years in their education due to constant displacement as they escape conflict. The prospect of an uneducated generation is tragedy not only for the individuals involved but also for the future of the country as a whole. The situation is difficult...

School in Shuheda IDP camp in Aleppo

17 Aug 2014

Due to the Syrian conflict long term processes like the gaining of an education have been interrupted with the consequence that many children now have a gap of up to four years in their formal schooling. Displaced children and many refugees are growing up without an education a situation with severe consequences not just for the individuals but for the Syrian people as a whole. To avoid the consequences of an uneducated generation, the Al-Imdaad Foundation in partnership with iHH has been setting...

Skills Training & Self-Empowerment Projects

26 Oct 2013

Al-Imdaad Foundation supports skills training and empowerment projects that aim to allow beneficiaries to stand on their own feet long after the day of intervention. These projects allow beneficiaries to develop the means to earn their own incomes and to support their own families, avoiding the problem of dependency. Projects may involve, support for individuals to complete short courses, small capital injections directed through our welfare programme or our large-scale Community Garden Project. CONSIDER...

Organic Community Gardens

10 Oct 2013

Rural areas in developing countries like South Africa are generally characterised by an inadequate satisfaction of basic needs which lies at the core of poverty. Basic needs are those human requirements that are necessary to make human survival and development possible in any given society. The Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Umtshezi Community Garden Project is aimed at unlocking development by addressing issues of access to resources that are required for the satisfaction needs. Through this project,...

Al-Imdaad Foundation's Educational Projects in GAZA

08 Jul 2013

Education in the Gaza Strip is an essential means for Gaza’s children to overcome the bleak conditions characterised by poverty and violence in which they have grown up. In school they are able to work towards a better future by gaining skills and knowledge that will allow them to be a positive influence on the future of their country. It is tragic therefore, that years of inadequate funding have left Gaza’s education system overstretched with most schools forced to operate on a double shift....

Gambia Stationery Drive

13 Nov 2011

Although the Constitution of Gambia mandates free and compulsory primary education, a lack of resources and educational infrastructure has made implementation of this difficult. Consequently literacy rates in the country are still below 50% even though primary attendance has increased in recent years. As with many countries in a similar situation, it is the rural areas that are the furthest behind. In a bid to address some of the obstacles to effective education and thereby increase the ability...

Mangaung (Bloemfontein) Early Childhood Development Centre

19 Oct 2011

Poverty levels in South Africa have reached alarming levels. As the famous proverb reads, “ charity begins at home.” Therefore in keeping with this notion, AIF has embarked on the building of its fourth state of the art early childhood development centre (ECDC)in Mangaung, Bloemfontein, South Africa. It has already constructed similar centres, the first being in Estcourt (KZN), the second in Ladysmith (KZN), the third in Vlakfontein (Gauteng) and this in Manguang (Bloemfontein, Free State)....

Bangladesh: Self Empowerment Project

08 Jan 2011

Bangladesh is one of the most impoverished counties in the world with nearly half of its population of 135 million living below the poverty line. About 45% of the population in Bangladesh are below the poverty level while around 20% are hardcore poor. The population is predominantly rural, with about 85% of its 135 million people living in rural areas. For their livelihoods rural people depend mainly on land, which is both fertile and extremely vulnerable. Most of the country is made up of flood...

Vlakfontein Early Childhood Development Centre

31 Oct 2008

The Al-Imdaad Foundation officially handed over a state-of-the-art early childhood development (ECD) centre in Vlakfontein on Mandela Day, July 18 2010. COSATU Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi was the guest of honour. Attendees included the Johannesburg MMC for Social Development Bafana Sithole, local government officials, media, ulema, and children who attend the crèche. In 2008, the Foundation was approached by the City of Johannesburg to develop a new crèche in Vlakfontein, one of Johannesburg’s...

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