The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: “None of you can attain complete faith until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself.” (Bukhari)
During the midst of winter, as the icy cold wind blew into Johannesburg from the coast, a team of women in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg joined forces to provide warmth to those in need.
The Helpers, as the ladies call themselves, led a community blanket drive for the underprivileged. The winter chill had set in from the snow-capped mountains in Cape Town and the Drakensberg, sending a biting breeze into the city.
Their target was to raise money for 500 blankets which they exceeded by 280, and an astounding amount of R54 375 was raised in the space of just three weeks. The drive was an amazing achievement and a show of true teamwork between these considerate women.
Blankets were distributed by the ladies to various deserving individuals and institutions in Johannesburg, including: muezzins (men who call people to prayer), people affected by a fire in Groblersdal, HIV patients, a Kliptown orphanage, Al Hudaa Orphanage, and the areas of Du Toit’s Street, Alexandra, Eldorado Park, and Fordsburg. These warm, much-needed coverings were also given to homeless people who are often found begging at traffic lights around the city.
The Helpers continue to assist people in their areas to the best of their ability in various ways; individual needy cases that are brought to their attention are assessed and each member is usually supported by the rest of the sisterhood in helping the other out.
Members of their WhatsApp group hand out monthly hampers to zakaatable (a form of alms in Islamic law) families and some are also closely linked to Disaster Management in the area, and they often assist residents of Alexandra township after shack fires. The group usually facilitates the collection of food, drinks and basic necessities to get the residents through during these devastating times.
Most recently, they started the ‘Jannah Project’, where individuals are encouraged to give R10 a month or R120 annually, to assist with their ongoing and ad hoc projects throughout the year. For women’s month, the money collected will be used to purchase and distribute sanitary pads to those who can’t afford these basic necessities.
It’s rare to find selfless women like these who dedicate their time, wealth and efforts to assist their communities without glory-seeking strings attached. The group consistently pursues donations to fund the various projects that they run and the many cases which come to their attention.
If you would like to contribute to The Helpers’’ worthy causes, please email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a financial contribution, their banking details are:
Account Name: The Two Lights Foundation
Lillah Account: 62540828839
Zakaat Account: 62540836858
Project Account: 62581568931
Branch Code: 252245
Reference: Zakaat/Lillah – Project Name
Please email a proof of payment to The Helpers to ensure that the donation is allocated accordingly.
Alternatively, make a donation to the Blanket Drive:
Account Name: Marlboro Women’s Forum
Lillah Account: 62658984101
Branch: Benmore Gardens
Branch Code: 251255