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Muslim Hands is once again taking Ubushushu to the streets. With our hectic lives people seldom have the opportunity to stop off at our office to drop off their spare blankets, clothes or even food items. That is where Muslim Hands come in. We will have drop off points in peak traffic hours between 7am-9am on Tuesday and Thursdays with 5 people per point. All you have to do is Hoot and our volunteers will collect your spare blankets and clothes. This campaign forms part of our Project Ubushushu, which helps thousands of South Africans keep warm in this bitter cold winter.

Our locations 29th April till 8th May.

Cnr of Jan Smuts and Klipfontein Road, Cnr of Jan Smuts and Kromboom Road. ( 29th April and 30th April).

Cnr of Race course and Chukker Road, Cnr of Klipfontein and Milner Road(red cross), (5th May and 6th May)

Let’s turn up the heat for others this winter.

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MUSLIM HANDS : As an individual or organisation, in a big way or small way, you can help us to help those in NEED! http://muslimhands.org.za/get-involved/

Visit us at 1 Carnie Road Rylands or call us at (021) 633 6413 or email mail@muslimhands.org.za

Banking Details

Standard Bank Parow

Account Number: 071 621 881

Br Code: 031110


By Fadia Bint Ismail

Project Rationale

Beitul Ansaar (Distribution)

MitchellsPlain

On 3rd of February 2014 Muslim Hands set out to provide much needed toys and games to Beitul Ansaar Orphanage in MitchellsPlain. We chose this orphanage because they are very much in need. This orphanage relies on public donations as they are not government subsidised. Beitul Ansaar child care centre is a centre committed to the social, physical, emotional, physiological and most importantly the spiritual upliftment of all children who are deprived the opportunity of natural parents. The home itself requires a lot of maintenance and up keep. Many volunteers offer their services in helping the care givers of this home by helping bath and cloth the children.

Items that were provided to the orphanage:

 

  • Miscellaneous Toys and Educational Games.

 

The head of the school accepted the items from Muslim Hands and was very delighted to receive these items. As expressed these items will go a long way in helping the children of the centre both educational and socially.

 

Project Summary

Buta Gamiet Petersen set out to Beitul Ansaar in the MitchellsPlain Area. On arrival he was greeted by the care givers of the children and the head of the centre. The appreciation from the workers of the centre was great and they were extremely thankful for the donations. The children expressed their delight as seen with the smiles on their faces.

 

Person’s Present

Gamiet Petersen,


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By Fadia Bint Ismail

Project Rationale

Oranje Kloof Moor Primary Hout Bay (Inspection)

C/O Main and Hughenden Roads Hout Bay

On the 21st of January 2014 I and Ameer went out to Oranje Kloof Moor Primary situated in Hout Bay this is a Non Fee school as students are not able to pay school fees. We chose this school for the items that we will be receiving from the National Police Convoy.  When we arrived at the school we met with the principal Ms Makae. We then discussed the requirements of the school and what exactly they need. Prior to meeting with the principal I emailed a list of items which we have without Quantities from there she ticked off the items they need. The principal assured us that she will be doing an inspection of every class to calculate the quantities this list will be emailed to me. Oranje Kloof Moor Primary consists of 1 150 students from Grade R till Grade 7 there are in total 25 classrooms, some classes consists of 36 to 40 pupils. The school also has a feeding scheme which is provided by Peninsula School Feeding, meals are provided for breakfast and lunch as many students go hungry every day. The meals provided are porridge, soy beans, milk, apples, carrots, and rice and meali meal. The students are mainly from the Mandela Township. I also discussed the situation with some of the kids, I was informed by the social worker that many children do not have parents; this has a great effect on the child with regards to learning and motivation. There are also volunteers who assist the children to read, as well as a social worker Mary Beth from the United States who is part of Ubuntu for Africa which is an organisation that manager’s social work, counselling and remedial.

An inspection was done by me and Ameer, pictures were taken of every class we discovered that the computer lab which is equipped with 20 computers also houses the library. The principal instructed that the intention is to separate the two because storage at the school is a big problem. Every class inspected was very dilapidated and requires maintenance, storage and some requires desks as some of the children have to sit on the floor. The only thing provided by government to the school is the curriculum text books.  The structure itself of the school and classrooms is made from brick and some classes are situated in containers. Overall their conditions are very bad especially with ventilation and lighting. The offices also require maintenance and storage facilities.

A list of items from the list was ticked off the school requires: (quantities are yet to be provided)

  • Boxes of A4 paper – Grade 7 classes
  • Bookshelves
  • Clip files/ Flip files
  • Whiteboards
  • Notice boards
  • First Aid Kits

Overall we believe that this school is in dire need of assistance and they are willing to accept any help where possible.

 

 

 

 

On the 28th of January 2014 the consignment from UK arrived. Muslim Hands staff members and volunteer workers sorted out the items from the container. Oranje Kloof Moor Primary situated in Hout Bay this is a Non Fee school as students are not able to pay school fees. We chose this school because they require items which government does not provide to them.  A truck was loaded with the goods and we made our way to the school.  The distribution took place over 2 days.

Items that were provided for the school:

  • 78 school desks
  • 62 chairs, blue, purple and brown
  • 17 tables for Gr R students
  • 6 Book shelves
  • Some educational books
  • 2 bags of sports equipment (Hurdles)
  • Notice Boards
  • Whiteboards
  • A4 White paper

Many of the items were utilized in the schools computer lab as well as being able to set up many of the classrooms with desks. The bookshelves were also used in the principal’s office as there was very limited storage space.

When we were offloading the items, many of the school kids came out to help. They were very delighted to receive these items. Some of the kids sat with some of the educational books that were provided to them.

 

Project Summary

Ameer, Fadia, Shuaib, Gamiet and volunteers arrived at Oranje Kloof Moor Primary. The children made their way to the truck to help offload some of the items. Many classes were furnished with school desks and children were now able to have their own desks as many were sitting on the floors.

Muslim Hands was also complimented by one of the heads of the City of Cape Town educational department for their contribution to the computer lab at Oranje Kloof Moor Primary which was furnished with chairs.

Miss Makae the principal expressed her delight and was very grateful to Muslim Hands.

 

 

 


 

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May the grace and mercy of Almighty Allah prevail upon you eternally. Ameen.

 

As you read this, there are numerous wars and conflicts raging around the world.  Although we will only see a few of them on our television sets, one fact is certain – over 80% of war casualties are civilians, mainly women and children.

 

Some may argue that such statistics and numbers are meaningless, But the fact that many of the wars in this decade are fought in the developing world – Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, to name but a few – makes these statistics sickeningly real and very relevant.

 

This is why Muslim Hands has launched the Green Ribbon Week to raise funds to support the innocent children affected by war and poverty. Funds are used to provide medical care, trauma therapy, school equipment and homes for children in some of the worlds most devastated countries. We make shukr to Allah for His Mercy in protecting us and our children from such suffering.

For this event we would like to appeal to the public  to help us raise funds for the Children of War by selling the Green Ribbons. Each ribbon will cost R 5. By simply wearing a Green Ribbon you can help improve the lives of many children worldwide.

Contact Muslim Hands to order your Green Ribbons. (021) 633 6413 or visit us at 1 Carnie Road Rylands. Find out more about our Green Ribbon Initiative at http://www.muslimhands.org.za.

Banking Details:

Standard Bank

Account Number: 071 621 881

Br Code: 031110

Collect your ribbons at our office.

Help us provide relief to those children suffering through War and Poverty.

 

 


 

Published in Muslim Views January 2014

Fadia Abrahams, Hashim Nacerodien & Altaf Bux

We’ve all read tales of faraway lands, distant cultures and awe-inspiring adventures. In December 2013 world renowned charity Muslim Hands organized its 5th annual fundraising adventure to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in support of orphan children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sponsored trekkers from the UK, South Africa and Luxembourg combined the ten day challenge of climbing the highest free standing mountain in the world whilst raising funds to help provide good quality, accessible education for the orphans of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Amongst the 19 brave volunteers who embarked on this experience of a lifetime were Hashim Nacerodien, Altaf Bux and Dawood Moolla. They’ve shared excerpts of their travel journals with us:

Day 1

“A total of 19 hikers saw fit to undertake the challenge. 14 are from the UK, 2 from Luxemburg and 3 from South Africa. We were divided into 3 groups. The challenge took place over 5 days.

The hike began on the 7th of December 2013 and we were all very eager to leave the hotel. The porters and guides then sang the traditional Kilimanjaro song before we embarked on the trek. We ventured out to Mandura Hut in just over 6 hours a distance of 12km.”

Day 2

“On our second day of the challenge the weather changed drastically, first we had sunshine and then we were shrouded in heavy mist and then we experienced rain once again. We were already starting to feel the effects of the high altitude after the 15km walk to Horombo Hut which took over 7 hours to complete.

Day 3

“On our third day we made our way to Zebra Rock a 6km walk taking us 4 hours to complete. A half an hour into the walk rain pelted down to such an extent that the guide made the decision to cancel it.

Day 4

“On day four we did a 15.5km trek through a very cold alpine forest taking more than 7 hours to complete. Heavy rain, hail and snow continued to fall. We all looked a bit dejected but we reminded ourselves of our cause. At this point we were requested to get ready for the final descent; visibility was extremely poor we could only see as far as our feet. There were 8 hikers remaining as others became ill.

 

Day 5

“On day five we completed our trek; we were extremely happy. On our final day we visited the Muslim Hands project at Chekereni and gained a better understanding of the excellent work being done by Muslim Hands.”

Funds raised will go towards helping children in Sub-Saharan Africa

Muslim Hands runs purpose-built schools throughout Sudan, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania and Gambia. In total, there are 11 schools across these countries which support over 4,420 impoverished children.

All the facilities offered to the children are free and as well as having their school fees covered, children are given textbooks, exercise books, stationary and uniforms. Sponsored orphans are provided with a nutritional meal at school, medical checkups and transportation if applicable.

These schools need constant and ongoing maintenance. To provide the very best standard of teaching and quality of facilities they require ongoing and additional support.

That is why all funds raised will go towards providing children’s education in Sub-Saharan Africa, insha’Allah:

  • Children’s nutritional needs for the entire school year
  • Hiring and training enthusiastic and inspiring teachers
  • Providing a free library and resource center (with computer labs) so children are able to use the facilities for free
  • Modern essential study trips so children can consolidate their learning within class
  • Purchase of audio visual aids and urgent classroom equipment so children can have an optimal learning environment
  • Replenishing the schools shortfall to ensure the long-term sustainability and the orphan’s education which depends on it

Eye witness accounts

“It was certainly a life changing experience. We experienced some of the worst weather conditions Kilimanjaro has seen in years. Torrential rain, snow and hailstorms descended upon us.  I also witnessed the poverty in Tanzania. This cause for the orphans of Sub-Saharan Africa was well worth it.” Altaf Bux (Johannesburg)

The hike was not only a test of endurance but a test of self-belief, patience and the ability to be a team player, most of all it was a test our belief in the Almighty Allah. Hashim Nacerodien (Cape Town)

Muslim Hands would like to thank our supporters and our participants for their generous contributions. We thank Almighty Allah for granting our MH team and our participants the strength to take up such a great challenge in aid of the orphans of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Upcoming events

Join Muslim Hands in a 10 day trek along the Great Wall of China.

See this great feat of human achievement and witness some of China’s vibrant sights sound and Islamic heritage for yourself during this Spring-time trek with Muslim Hands.

Raising money for the orphans of Sub-Saharan Africa will be a cause that will keep you going through every exhilarating and painful footstep!

Contact Muslim Hands today on: 021 6336413 (CT) or visit: muslimhands.org.za      facebook:muslimhandsSA     Twitter: muslimhandsSA


By Fadia Bint Ismail

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Published in Muslim Views SA

 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “O God, grant me life as a poor person, cause me to die as a poor person and resurrect me in the company of the poor.” His wife asked him why he said that, and he replied: “Because (the poor) will enter Paradise (before) the rich. Do not turn away a poor person even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you Allah will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376

 

We are surrounded by poverty, no matter where we look. The traffic lights, stop streets, every corner and every open space one will see a beggar, a make shift shelter or as we call it a pandokie.  We turn a blind eye, rolling up our windows when a beggar approaches, this will not make the ever increasing poverty in our country and worldwide go away.

At times we miss the insight thinking that poverty is lack of materialistic wealth, so we solve this by providing clothes, blankets and other basic needs.

How often have we heard that we should be more generous, it will help our souls and it will help us build communities and aid in providing relief in emergencies. But will this end poverty?

The poor are becoming poorer. It is not that they lack tangible things but lack of infrastructure and community based projects by local governments and if not by government then by our NGO’s, and community welfare organisations.

Across the world and locally Muslim Hands provides food, shelter, education and emergency relief to thousands of people. MH also provides income generation projects which will not only provide food but also employment and security. These projects include farming tools, olive trees and livestock allowing recipients the opportunity to reach their goals in providing sustainability.

In Somalia last year Muslim Hands distributed vital food for the desperately hungry in Haidon District in Mogadishu. In Sri Lanka Muslim Hands South Africa provided a fully furnished IT lab to students in Madurankuli to enhance educational needs of the under privileged children.

A mother of a student expressed her appreciation in the following.

“Computer education is provided at learning institutes only when students complete their grade 10. Alhamdulillah our children are really fortunate to receive this education thanks to Muslim Hands South Africa”

Supporting and investing in small scale agriculture lies at the heart of MH. We aim to increase the productivity of subsistence to farmers who will be able to provide food for their families as well as create employment these farmers also share their productions with other farmers to extend and help more people in the needy community. Muslim Hands provides farming tools and livestock which will go a long way in helping the needy increase sustainability and create prosperity for themselves and their families.

Locally Muslim Hands runs projects providing relief to hundreds of people, from Education providing computer laptops and schools kits for children to feeding schemes across Cape Town.

Feeding has always been a priority at MH not by choice but what is needed or asked for. In certain areas in the Western Cape education is a luxury and food is a necessity.  I have had first-hand experience witnessing the hundreds of needy and destitute individuals in areas such as Mitchellsplain, BlikkiesDorp, Valhalla Park and Delft who have little or nothing to eat let alone basic needs to sustain themselves. When we are in these areas we are greeted with such warmth.  When they receive a warm plate of food they are extremely thankful which reflects on their faces, in their smiles and in their eyes.

Helping the poor and needy begins with you. We work as an extended hand of your in helping you achieve your goal. So how do we create sustainability for those in need? By creating prosperity and stability in their lives.  There are a few steps that we could take to make their lives easier.

  1. Raising awareness about poverty and its causes with the aim of combating it.
  2. To help the needy in their intangible needs by providing them with measurable tools which will enable them to create sustainability for themselves.
  3. Establishing a social welfare system which will guarantee basic needs as well as create socio-economic infrastructure for income generation.

 

You can also make a difference in alleviating poverty and creating Sustainability, which will make the lives of those easier who are less fortunate. Sympathies are not enough action is needed.

 

Call Muslim Hands today on: 021 6336413 (CT) or visit: muslimhands.org.za      facebook:muslimhandsSA     Twitter: muslimhandsSA

 

 


Safe Water Flowing from Muslim Hands

“It is We Who send down water from the sky in (due) measure, and We revive a dead land therewith.” (Qur’an 43:11)

To prevent illness. To purify. To live. It’s easy to forget how much we need safe water. This is the essential of life which over a billion people are denied access to.

Why not purchase a Dig A Well or a Tube Well. Or Contribute our water fund to ensure that thousands of needy people receive clean drinking water.

Dig- a- Wells

Our Dig-a-Wells are situated in communal places such as mosques, schools or village centers and serve large groups of people. These are bigger installations and each well serves over 25 families and their livestock.

The wells have mechanical hand pumps and draw water from up to 35 metres underground making them dependable during all seasons.

Cost: R 8 250
Locations: Afghanistan
Kashmir (India)
Niger
Pakistan
Sri Lanka

Tube Wells – Help 2-3 Families

Muslim Hands installs a variety of wells. The simplest of these is the tube well.

A single tube well can serve up to 3-4 families with water to drink, wash and cook with. They are designed to last around 10 years.
Tube wells are manually operated and lift filtered water up to about 30 meters beneath the ground with minimal maintenance.

Cost: R 2 500

Locations: Bangladesh
Kashmir (India)
Nepal
Pakistan


 

Qurbani 2013

 

Muslim Hands has launched its annual Qurbani Service with prices of sheep starting 
at only R350. 

Our operations are active in 42 locations worldwide with fresh meat distributed during the days of Eid. South Africa Qurbani R1150. 

Shares available worldwide as well. 

Contact MH for prices per location on 0216336413 or visitwww.muslimhands.org.za

If you would like prices emailed to you, please send an email to ‘mail@muslimhands.org.za’. fadia.abrahams@muslimhands.org.za

Banking Details: 
Standard Bank Parow Centre, 
Acc Nbr 071621881, 
Br Code 031110. 
Please use your Donor ID as reference.

Education Leads to Charity


By Fadia Bint Ismail

 

We should never underestimate the power of oneself to help cure social ills and to support those in need. A group of people can encourage and support each other.

A School is an ideal group for helping people in either local community or the global community. The role of education should enable children to develop empathy for others and to encourage them to gain the ability to help those who are less fortunate than themselves.

When young people are enthusiastic and take interest their enthusiasm can spread to less motivated people in their community.

Encouraging the younger generation to take part in community events and charity it will help develop organizational skills and practice teamwork.

Muslim Hands have developed a Project called “Learn2Warm”. This Project is aimed at encouraging the younger generation to focus on helping others. The idea was to start by instilling helping and caring for others in the minds of the youth, this idea was presented in a simple and formulated approach by organizing a clothing drive at different schools throughout Cape Town.

The “Learn2Warm” campaign has been very successful and many children and teenagers have volunteered to help those less fortunate. We hope to expand this initiative so that it may reach greater heights in the future.

We are all part of one world. Let us start rebuilding our communities by helping one person at a time.

Let us learn to inspire others.

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