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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 zakiyah.ebrahim@muslimhands.org.za

Muslim Hands SA Stationery Drive 2018 benefits Cape Flats kids

The start of the new school year is always an exciting time for young children. The idea of seeing friends again after the long summer holiday, exploring a new classroom, meeting teachers and of course, acquiring more knowledge. 

While public schools do supply learning material for students, most don’t provide any stationery. As we know from experience, both these types of academic materials go hand in hand, and learning is impossible without the use of a pen and paper. Stationery costs are annually inflated which makes even the most basic of supplies too expensive for many less fortunate families. 

 

Muslim Hands SA understands the value of education and strives to support young learners from low-income homes in any way possible. They held a stationery drive in January 2018, calling upon the local Capetonian community to donate funds in aid of underprivileged school kids. Donors were more than happy to contribute to this worthy cause and an astounding R80 000 was collected through the Muslim Hands Stationery Drive.

On 21 January 2018, stationery packs were distributed to financially disadvantaged children from the Cape Flats. 500 young beneficiaries began their 2018 school year on the right path, stocked with the required stationery and eager to learn. For many of these bright minds, this will be the only new set of stationery they will receive this year.

The stationery pack for each child included writing books, scissors, a glue stick, flip files, pens, a pencil, ruler and eraser, as well as sellotape.

Items in these handy stationery packs were carefully selected to suit both primary and high school students.

There are few things more heartwarming than seeing the smile of child who is given something this practical – and often taken for granted – and yet they treat it like a luxury.

 

Thanks to the Muslim Hands SA team for continuing to fuel academic opportunities for our country’s youth.

 

For more information on how you can contribute, contact Muslims Hands SA on 021 633 6413 or send an email to mail@muslimhands.org.za

Nomzamo High School Begins 2018 with New Library and Computer Lab

In today’s forward-thinking society, education and technology go hand in hand. However, many schools in impoverished areas of our country don’t have the funds nor access to computers or internet services, let alone books. 

 

Muslim Hands South Africa, an NGO based in Cape Town, is on a quest to rectify this situation. They recently developed a Resource Centre at Nomzamo High School in Strand, Western Cape, which features a newly renovated library and computer lab. Over 888 students are fortunate to begin their 2018 school year with a vast collection of beneficial books and a set of PCs to help better their academic capabilities.

The Resource Centre was installed at the end of the school calendar on 5 December 2017,  and the establishment thereof is estimated to have cost R54 000. This valuable and much-needed facility will afford high school students the same opportunities other teens have – an encyclopedic gateway to a wealth of online information and a treasury of books to help expand their knowledge and improve their literacy skills.

Muslim Hands SA has successfully ticked off these objectives:

  • The provision of shelving for the library
  • The provision of computers to assist students with their learning
  • To create a reading culture
  • To give the students a chance at ownership

This new centre will encourage learners to read more, allow them to stretch their imaginations, improve their use of technology and gain knowledge from every portal of education on the world wide web. Prior to this renovation, the closest library was a 30-minute walk from the school.

Nomzamo High School was established in 2014 with a mere 200 learners in the poverty-stricken area of Strand, next to the N2 highway. Since then, it has expansively evolved with 888 enrolled students and a staff complement of 27 teachers. It prides itself on being a ‘No Fee school’

Muslim Hands SA hopes to address the complex problems of poverty and inequality of previously disadvantaged communities by focusing on the needs of the youth in schools. We commend them for their excellent work and for giving the gift of reading to such a deserving academic institution.

For more information on how you can contribute, contact Muslims Hands SA on 021 6336413 or email mail@muslimhands.org.za