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Colours of Hope Trades Treats for Charity

While the foundation of every charity organisation is built on goodwill and noble intentions, it is ultimately funding that turns these virtuous aspirations into tangible contributions.

Colours of Hope is a humanitarian aid agency that was started by twin sisters Sa’uda and Kaashifa Asmal, who run divisions of Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat (Islamic tuition institution) in Newcastle and Johannesburg. What began as a yearly distribution of Quraans for the needy in 2009, swiftly developed into a fully-fledged philanthropic establishment.

The NPO responds to the needs of the less fortunate and tries to make a difference spiritually, morally, financially and physically. “It is our mission to make life a little better for those in need by doing the best we can, turning hope into reality,” they say.

Most recently, Colours of Hope held a bake sale to collect funds that will serve their many charitable initiatives. These projects run concurrently throughout the year and include: #MyRohingya, the Gaza Water Project, Gift-a-Quraan, Syria Medi-Campaign, Project Palestine and the Colours of Hope Baby Project.

After two weeks of planning and advertising, the fundraiser took place on Saturday, 2 March 2019, at Solly’s Corner (a takeaway café) in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. Service time was between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm, where patrons and passersby purchased delicious baked goods, sweets, savouries and confections, all in the name of charity.

The directors and volunteers of Colours of Hope organisation put in time and effort to ensure the success of the campaign and were able to raise R13 000. Other kind sponsors included Upper Crust Bakery in Lenasia, volunteer Fatima Abraham and Nasima Nalla of the Crosby Ladies Forum.

The proceeds will be used to advance the organisation’s many running projects, as and when needed. These include the Colours of Hope Baby Project, which provide hampers to underprivileged South African mothers-to-be, as well as the establishment of a water well at Yarmouk Primary school in Gaza City.

The #MyRohingya campaign sees Colours of Hope partner with fellow NPO, Lonely Orphans in Bangladesh, whereby sponsors can donate as little as R50 monthly for a year, to feed a family with a supply of rice, lentils, oil and spices.

The Asmal sisters inspire us as they positively impact desolate communities from South Africa to the Middle East. Colours of Hope demonstrate that everything great starts small. 

To assist or donate, please contact Sa’uda Asmal (CEO) or Kaashifa Asmal/Jamal (Chairperson) on 082 886 4604/079 498 3479 or email info@coloursofhope.org.za

Qurtuba Islamic Academy – Cake Sale Fundraiser for Palestine & Syria

While the rest of us were enjoying our morning tea, students from Qurtuba Islamic Academy in Linbro Park were hard at work at their annual Cake Sale Fundraiser in aid of Palestine and Syria.

Yummy baked treats for sale

Held in March 2017, the fundraising event coincided with Israel Apartheid Week. The young and generous souls at Qurtuba Islamic Academy donated various delectable baked goods to raise funds for our brothers and sisters in need, in both Palestine and Syria. The delicious treats were collected and sold at the school, appeasing every child’s sweet tooth!

This event brought attention to the plight in the Middle East and enlightened QIA students on the harsh reality of daily life there, which further ignited their empathy and instilled in them a will to do more to help others in need. Learners also prepared and showcased several presentations, fanning feelings of unity and solicitude among all. It was truly heartwarming for parents and teachers to witness the passion and solidarity that these young learners have shown for the people of Palestine and Syria. 

We stand together for the people of Palestine and Syria

An impressive total of R18 000 was collected, and these funds will be distributed to the beneficiaries through the great efforts of the Jamiatul-Ulama South Africa. All humanitarian aid collected will be used to provide daily necessities to destitute adults, children and families who’ve been affected by the ongoing conflict in the region.

 

Hundreds of balloons, bearing the colours of the Palestinian and Syrian flags, were released at the event as a symbol of hope for freedom and peace in the Middle East. The compassion and altruism these children have shown illustrates the amazing mindsets instilled in them by their teachers and parents.

For more information about the academy and their initiatives, please call the Qurtuba Islamic Academy on 011 608 0527 or email info@qurtuba.co.za