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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


KILIMANJARO

By Fadia Bint Ismail

This Month Muslim Hands and participants venture out to trek Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Funds of the event go toward the orphans of Sub-Saharan Africa.

As our participants embark on this journey, facing warm and extremly cold weather conditions we can only hope that their strength and motivation will allow them to reach the top. Inshallah.

Contestants from UK  and South Africa are among the few who have set out to climb this great mountain. The trek spans across 5 days and each day will get a little bit harder.

The ability to venture out on this trek takes courage, strength, discipline and motivation as well as the support of  fellow team mates.

If you would like to follow this event please log onto

muslimhands.org.uk or visit facebook for either the Muslim Hands UK page or Muslim Hands SA page.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause

please email us at mail@muslimhands.org.za

or Banking Details.

Standard Bank Parow

Acc Numb: 071 621 881

Br Code: 031110

Please use Killimanjaro as reference. Your donation wil go a long way in helping many orphan children.


By Fadia Bint Ismail.

On Friday the 13th the Radio 786 expo took place at Athlone Civic Klipfontein. The event ended on Sunday the 15th. Muslim Hands presented an exhibit stand at the event. Alhamdulilah the event went very well. From my own experience i can say that i am definitely looking forward to another Radio 786 Expo.

Pictures of the event will be provided.


Asalaamualaikum to all my bloggers and viewers.

The Muslim Hands Hoot2Warm drive Alhamdulilah went very well, All praises goes to Allah (SWT) for blessing us and protecting us and for giving us the strength and the ability to help those less fortunate. Success only lies in Allah and only Allah provides to whom he wills.
I would like to say Jazakallah to all our Volunteers from all of us here at Muslim Hands. This initiative would not have been successful without them and all of their Dua’s. It definitely was not easy to go out there at 7am in the morning but it was truly amazing to see everyone putting aside their own needs in order to help those less fortunate and i truly enjoyed meeting and participating with all the volunteers.

I thought i would share an email that was sent to the Muslim Hands team by Ayesha Bibi Khan. It describes her experiences as well as all other Volunteers who participated in the Hoot2Warm drive.

Pictures will also be provided of the event. Inshallah

Assalaamu Alaikum

I hope you all well, insha’Allah 🙂

On behalf of myself and all the volunteers that were connected to me, I would just like to say that it was an awesome experience being part of MH Hoot2Warm. Being out early morning in the cold, in the holidays is something everyone would be hesitant about doing, and we all were. But, once we were there the first time, we wanted to go do it again. And that’s something that I always try explaining to my family (my generation. Lol.) and to my friends. Just try doing it once, and you’ll never want to give up that feeling of doing charity, of doing good because it really can’t be replaced with anything else.

Ml. Sarfaraaz, I commend you on just going with it. Despite the criticism. And for making it as “youth-friendly” as possible. The volunteers could sense that.

Fadia, you had amazing patience with the volunteers, communicating whenever was suitable to them. I honestly don’t think anyone else could have done it better 🙂

I make duah that MH carries on being an organisation that leads. That sticks with going with gut instincts. And that leaves a mark of hope that no one forgets. Ameen.

Jazak’Allah for allowing us all to be part of it 🙂

Have an awesome day further!

Wslm

Ayesha

P.S. I look forward to doing it again next year, and to one day drive to work and receive a Hoot2Warm pamphlet ;). Keep up the great work.


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This year Muslim Hands took Project Ubushushu to the streets of South Africa. On 11th June 2012 The Hoot2Warm drive commenced. It is an initiative that aims to help many South Africans keep warm this winter. Volunteers were recruited and placed at different intersections where they would hand out pamplets, collect clothes, spare blankets and Non-perishable foods from donors. The Hoot2Warm drive takes place every Monday and Wedsneday mornings from 7am till 9am.

Alhumdulilah we are in our second week of the volunteer program and i can say that it has been a great experience and each and every volunteer holds a value of their own. Their efforts and their energy is what drives this event in becoming truly successful. Every morning when we are out on the streets Allah’s protection and his blessings are with us every step of the way Alhumdulilah.

The intersections that we covered are. Corner of Klipfontein and Jan Smuts, Corner of Jan Smuts and Kromboom and Redross/Milner Road.

Here are some pictures of the work being done. Pictures are from Corner of Kromboom and Jan Smuts and Corner of Klipfontein and Jan Smuts.


On the 14th of April 2012 Muslim Hands hosted the GRPL indoor cricket tournament in AID of the childrens fund of South Africa. The event took place at Montague sports arena. 12 teams participated. CT Knight Riders, Masala Rangers, Snatch, Taliban, Quantum Force, Fatal 8, Hot 8, Lappies Strikers, Rebel Alliance, Power Rangers, Wolf Pack and Muslim Hands.

The event started at 9am, teams were well prepared and ready for action. Food stalls were set up for the event aswell.

Before the event the opening Dua was made by Ml. Saleem and a speech was then giving by Ml.Sarfaraaz.

Let the games Begin.

The winning team was Hot 8 and the team with the most funds raised was team Snatch.

Alhumdulilah the event was a great success and many thanks to all the sponsors who have contributed to making this event a great success.

Inshallah we look forward to next year and perhaps the event could even be greater Inshallah.

Watch this space for pictures

GRPL-


We all love cricket right? the excitement, the energy….Join Muslim Hands and register your action cricket team for the GRPL and help us raise funds- In Aid of the Childrens fund. on 14th of April @ Montague sports Arena.

for more enquiries call us @ 021 633 6413
or email @ mail@muslimhands.org.za

be part of the Exicitment!! Show Your Support! 🙂


Wouldnt you like to be able to help the kids of Africa? Now you can!! Join Muslim Hands SA as they journey off to China on the GREAT WALL OF CHINA trek to raise funds for Orphans of Sub Saharan Africa. be part of this exciting Opportunity, The Adventure of a lifetime and for a good cause ..starting from the 29th May- 8 June. Register Now.

call us at (021) 633 6413 or

email @ mail@muslimhands.org.za or fadia.abrahams@muslimhands.org.za

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