Project O Offers Free Tutoring for Soweto Students

Beyond any doubt, the greatest investment we can make is to educate ourselves. A good education is the key that unlocks future possibilities and helps achieve your every goal; whether it’s getting a job at a company you admire, owning a nice home, supporting your family, driving the car of your dreams or, even becoming the master of your own business.

Project O is a youth development organisation that aims to give underprivileged students a better chance at attaining their goals. The NPO is excited to embark on its first and biggest project – offering free and valuable tuition to students at Orlando High School in Soweto, Johannesburg.

Their goal is to give matriculants from disadvantaged backgrounds a passport to a brighter future. The classes commence every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Individually, the instructors volunteer two hours of tuition a month, per subject. This does not include the time it takes to do class preparation, formulate lesson plans and provide after-class assistance. 

The tutors offer in-depth lessons in Maths, Maths Literacy, Physical Science, English, Accounting, Business, Economics, Geography, History and Zulu. The students are also treated to a hearty lunch, which is well deserved after dedicating their Saturday mornings to be at school.

On 2 February 2019, Project O had a ‘study skills and orientation day’. The workshop consisted of interactive activities and discussions that focused on stress and time management, study skills and mental health. This productive and rewarding project is ongoing throughout 2019 and hopefully, for years to follow.


Project O has many noble objectives in store for the future of this enterprise, including:

  • Creating a safe learning environment by developing the school library and a study room, as many learners are unable to study at home.
  • Raising funds to create a ‘school uniform system’, where learners will be given uniforms, which will be returnable once it gets small or when they leave school. It will then be passed on to other students.
  • Starting a sporting and extramural programme, so that learners can develop skills apart from those learnt in the classroom.
  • Taking learners on a camp to develop their leadership and communication skills.
  • Exposing learners to various opportunities after they matriculate, through seminars and assemblies.


Project O aims to break the cycle of poverty through education. By improving the students’ grades, the organisation hopes to give them the opportunity to attain a matric certificate, get into university and go on to get good jobs after school. They would also like to introduce these promising teens to the prospects of bursaries and learnerships.

Project O would like to extend their tutoring service to other schools and add on more grades once the organisation grows. Inshaa-Allah. Funding is vital to the success of the project and is currently received through various sponsorships and donations. Some of the items that have been kindly donated are stationary, utensils, food, textbooks and tutoring material. The team is especially grateful to every single volunteer as, without their hard work and dedication, none of it would be possible.

These sponsors are:

  • Ace it Tuition
  • Freeway & i22 Works
  • Radical Products
  • 360 Tactical Security
  • Changing Tides


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.

Project O is armed with the best artillery to help these students triumph against any academic battle. Their resignation from idle Saturday mornings will indeed rear the next generation of doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers and of course, teachers.

For more information, please contact Project O CEO, Yumna Patel on 083 500 8018 or email

Just Plated Ladies Tea Raises Funds for ILM-SA’s Education Initiative

It’s that time of year when young and eager matriculants have to make the most important decision of their lives. “What will my future look like? What should I study?” For some, the most agonising part is waiting for their final matric results, which will help to steer their academic path. For others, it wouldn’t matter whether they’ve achieved 4 or even 9 distinctions; they don’t have the funds to go to the university of their choice either way.

ILM-SA (Institute for Learning and Motivation South Africa) is an Islamic NPO that specialises in socio-economic empowerment, education and motivational programmes. They’ve built their respectable position as a bursary-fund facilitator on the philosophy that every student has the right and potential to access tertiary education, regardless of their race, gender, religion or social standing. 

On 1 December 2018, the compassionate ladies of Just Plated held a ‘Ladies Tea’ fundraiser for the ILM-SA bursary fund. The enjoyable event took place at Randeree’s Braai Ranch in Sherwood, Durban. The event was intended as a ‘meet and greet’ function and tea for the members of the various social media groups that encompass the recipe-share pages known as Just Plated. While the event was small-scale, money was raised through ticket sales and donations.

There were a number of local sponsors who generously contributed to the event:

  • Beloved local cookbook author Jameela Sayed shared her time and expertise with the attendees and donated her cookbooks for the giveaway prizes.
  • Sumaya Rashid spoilt the ladies with some of her delicious desserts.
  • Mariam of Cocoanilla prepared some of her delightful cakes for the event.
  • Other major sponsors included Allifa’s Spices, Clover SA, Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts, and Buttanutt SA.

The funds raised will be donated towards the Institute for Learning and Motivation South Africa and is intended to help underprivileged young adults to achieve their dreams through tertiary bursaries. The students will be assisted with funding towards university fees, textbooks, accommodation, food supply and transport.

ILM-SA does not burden the students with having to pay back exorbitant study loans, but instead encourages them to pay it forward and play an active role in volunteering at ILM-SA charity events. These newly-qualified professionals are asked to give back to their communities and act as role models for the younger generation. There is no better gain or reward than seeing these sponsored students graduate and do something truly worthwhile with their lives.

For more information on Just Plated, email

Contact Ilm SA on or visit their website for more information.

Tibb-Allied Communities Network Mentors Healthcare Workers in Soweto

Tirelessly working to provide comfort, save lives, aid the ailing and dispense compassion, healthcare workers in South Africa are often overworked and underappreciated, and yet they still administer their daily responsibilities with passion and attentiveness. During the final quarter of 2018, a selfless group of nurses and health promoters from Soweto, Johannesburg, were given the opportunity to enhance their skills and gain professional and academic insight – courtesy of Tibb.

The Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb is a public-benefit organisation which was started by the Bhikha Family Trust in 1997, with the vision of assisting in the provision of effective, affordable healthcare to all South Africans. Promoting empowerment through health, Tibb is dedicated to social-upliftment projects mainly focusing on the education and training of healthcare workers.

The Tibb Institute partnered with the Allied Communities Network to facilitate the placement of health promoters in municipal clinics where Tibb lifestyle advice is integrated into treatment protocols. The Tibb-Allied Communities Network most recently signed a contract with the City of Joburg’s Department of Health, aimed at training 20 000 Tibb Lifestyle Advisors by 2020. They were also commissioned earlier this year to render mentoring and coaching services to health promotors across seven regions in the city for a period of three years.

The three-year programme, written by Prof. Rashid Bhikha, will cover the planning of lifestyle management care plans for patients with chronic conditions, and it will be designed by clinic health advisors, homecare facilitators and nurses. An annual donation of R1 million is set aside for this sustainable project.

Training sessions in progress at the City of Johannesburg’s Region C

During August 2018, Tibb-Allied lifestyle advisors spent the month in Soweto Region D visiting local community centres, old-aged homes and clinics, where they dispensed advice on women’s health.

These committed nurses and healthcare employees gained comprehensive knowledge on:

  • Understanding that health is holistic and entails addressing the cause of an illness.
  • Health empowerment – giving people the tools to take charge of their own health and not simply relinquish themselves to medical professionals.
  • Gaining practical advice on healthy living and the importance of lifestyle factors in health maintenance.
  • Understanding their own unique needs based on the Tibb Principles of Temperament.
  • Learning how to make healthy food choices to benefit their physical state.
  • Leaflets on all chronic conditions and the Tibb ‘Approach to Healthy Living’ were explained by Tibb lifestyle advisors.


The team also conducted extensive research on the improvement of the quality of life in patients using the Tibb lifestyle as part of their treatment, and the results have been extremely positive. The institute aims to benefit all those who visit municipal clinics in Johannesburg, with hopes to extend the programme to other regions in Gauteng.

Health promoters and team leaders learn how to incorporate the Tibb Lifestyle into their treatment protocols.

The programme’s success can be attributed to Alcon Dube (founder of the Allied Communities Network) for his unwavering dedication to Tibb, as well as Prof. Rashid Bhikha (Chairman and founder of the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb) for his vision and allegiance to the upliftment of healthcare services in South Africa.


For more information, please contact Magdalene du Sart or Nasira Bhikha-Vallee on 010 060 0888 or email