The winter season is slowly creeping in and with it comes icy and unpredictable weather. Unfortunately, there are still many poverty-afflicted families and individuals around South Africa who can’t afford heating, insulating clothes or even a decent blanket to keep them warm.
Muslim organisations all over the country have decided to step up and lead the drive in providing warm apparel and blankets for those in need.
Sisters of Hope, Ashraful Uloom, Darul Ihsan, Al Imdaad, The Jamiatul Ulama SA and Industry Bakery – to name a few – have all put out appeals to the public to donate blankets generously. Some organisations like IRTIQA Magazine, the Muslim Students Association at the University of Johannesburg and Africa Muslims Agency have broadened their scope to donations of clothes, canned food and various other items to help the disadvantaged and destitute keep cosy and content during the upcoming winter.
More established organisations have even targeted communities nationwide; Ashraful Uloom (a Johannesburg- based organisation) has already distributed items in Cape Town and Al Imdaad distributed blankets at Jadu Place informal settlement in Durban.
The collection and distribution of items will continue over the next few months around South Africa. Teams of volunteers have kindly donated their time, efforts and money towards these Winter Warmth projects, hoping to make life a little better for their local communities.