Muslim Hands hosts ‘Ladies 5 Dams Hiking Challenge’

Sociologist and civil-rights activist, W.E.B. Dubois once said: “There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.”

The ladies of Muslim Hands prove this to be true, always finding creative ways to assist their community in times of need. The recent water crisis in Cape Town spurred them on an exciting and charitable adventure, combining fitness with fundraising.

On 8 April 2018, 26 outdoor-loving women participated in the ‘Ladies 5 Dams Hiking Challenge’, organised by Muslim Hands and led by avid hiker, Fatima Sait. The ladies challenged themselves to hike around five dams in the Cape Town area, hoping to raise enough money to build well-points, in response to the local drought.

Each participant was encouraged to raise money for the well-points in order to participate in the challenge. There was also a registration fee that supplemented the cause. Non-potable water helps to take the strain off the municipality grid and the water is channelled through to toilets, gardens and mosques.

These five dams can be found behind the majestic Table Mountain, and include: Alexandra Dam, Victoria Dam, De Villiers Reservoir, Woodhead Dam and Hely-Hutchinson. Along with the spectacular views and an unforgettable experience, the ladies were also enlightened on the history surrounding the dams which were built between 1896 and 1907, in order to service the water needs of Cape Town.

The NGO has already completed six well-points since November 2017 and intends on completing six more by June 2018. The hiking challenge is yet another way that Muslim Hands strives to assist with the water shortage. The ladies successfully raised enough money to build another well-point, which will be installed in the chosen location after the fasting month of Ramadaan.

We salute their athleticism and generous efforts which will benefit thousands in the area.

For more information on this project, please contact Zakiyah Ebrahim on 021 633 6413 or email