The organization was founded in OCTOBER 1992 when some of our members went to help with the Somalian refugee crisis in Kenya. We supplied food and helped in the building of huts for the refugees. A borehole rig was sent to Kenya because of the continuous drought in North Eastern Kenya. It’s task was the drilling of boreholes and supplying water in that area.
After the experience gained there and realizing the need for major relief work needed in South Africa, especially amongst the indigenous people, we decided to concentrate our efforts here at home as the organization is run by South Africans for South Africans. This led to the formulation of our policy statement.
The policy of the organization shall be two-fold:
1. To focus it’s effort and resources on the citizens of South Africa as an obligation.
2. To acknowledge the responsibility as South Africans to respond to the needs of humankind globally.
a. To provide EDUCATION to reverts and the underprivileged.
b. To provide DISASTER RELIEF wherever and whenever it is needed.
c. To provide WATER in areas where the schools and communities do not have clean drinking water.
d. To provide opportunities for the TRAINING OF SKILLS that will make them self – sufficient and help them provide for their families.
e. To run a FEEDING SCHEME for the destitute and disadvantaged.
f. To be of SERVICE to all South Africans.
g. To see to the WELLBEING of the people that is dependent on us.
The organization is registered with the Department of Welfare as an NPO. Our NPO number is 000467 NPO. It is also registered with the South African Revenue Services and our PBO number is 930 005 968.
Some of the projects and relief work done by the organization from it’s inception. The discussion does not cover all the work done by the organization during this period.
Locally we provided relief for the victims of floods in Cape Town, Louis Trichard, Pietermaritzburg, Ladysmith and during the riots in Mafikeng. Rebuilding shacks after it has been destroyed by fire (this is done in conjunction with local government structures) in the informal settlements. Helped families rebuild their hail damaged houses and provided food for the family during this period. We also provided aid during the disaster in Mpumalanga and the tornado that destroyed houses in Cape Town.
Internationally we provided aid in Bosnia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Kosovo, Turkey, Chechnya, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
There are about 20,000 orphans in Bosnia of which we are sponsoring only 60. Most of the orphans lost their fathers during the war and are only living with their mothers. It is difficult for them to make ends meet. Although the war has ended some time ago, the people still need our aid.
EDUCATION AND DAWAH
Conducting educational classes in 22 centres:
Orange Farm ext 1
Orange Farm ext 8
b. CAPE TOWN
c. NORTH WEST PROVINCE
1. All pupils and adults attending the above institutions are fed before the classes start. For some of them this is the first meal of the day.
2. There are adult educational classes at each centre.
3. We have implemented our own syllabus to be able to teach reverts to Islam as practically as possible. Textbooks in English and Zulu have been introduced into our Madressa.
4. The Pre-School syllabus at all our Centres was introduced in 2001. A colouring book especially for these pupils was also introduced. English, Mathematics and Arabic in addition to all other activities associated with pre-school classes will now be taught.
PROVIDING PURE WATER
The drilling for water in drought stricken areas where people have to walk kilometers to get unhygienic and cholera infested water. The water is scooped up from small puddles that appear after rain or from the polluted rivers. We decided to help as many communities as possible get clean hygienic water. It was decided to drill boreholes in school – yards, community centres, hospitals etc where not only pupils and patients have access to it, but the entire community will benefit. In this way responsible people will be held accountable for the safekeeping and functioning of the borehole. This will either be the principal of the school, the superintendent of the hospital, a councilor etc. We advice all institutions to form a water committee with the community (or parent committee) to see to the maintenance of the borehole equipment and to make sure that water is distributed in the community.
The total amount of 520 were completed in the following areas/Countries:
|NO||PROVINCE||AREA / TOWN||BOREHOLES|
|b||Northern Province / Venda||Different areas||20|
|e||Other provinces||Different areas||26|
Figures as at January 2008
The exact location of the boreholes can be supplied if requested. We would also like to emphasis that
a. We are working in conjunction with the Department of Water Affairs (National) and the MEC for water affairs (Provincial).
b. All boreholes are free for the underprivileged inhabitants of these areas.
c. The Muslims of South Africa sponsored all the above boreholes and will be sponsoring more in the future.
***** It must be stressed that the drilling is sponsored entirely by donations given by the Muslims of South Africa. The community does not pay anything. All they are asked to do is to maintain the system.
1. Two soup kitchens for the destitute – one in Zakariyya Park and one in Polokwane.
2. Providing food to the needy during Ramadaan (fasting month) – Our Iftaar, Sehri and Eid programme. This programme was implemented since 1993 and is still going strong.
3. The running of our annual Qurbani project thereby helping the people to do their Qurbani. The meat is distributed to the poor. We distribute approximately 30 000 meat parcels annually during this period since 1993.
4. We are providing hampers on a monthly basis to thirty-five Muslim families that need our assistance, as most of them are elderly and living alone.
SKILLS TRAINING CENTRES
We are currently running Skills Training Centres in :
DURBAN POLOKWANE DAXINA.
LENASIA CAPE TOWN DINOKANA
We are teaching the following skills at the moment:
Sewing Computer literacy
It is the belief of the executive committee and members of the organization that it is better to teach the poor a skill so that they can feed themselves and their families.
MAGALIESBURG HEALTH CENTRE
The centre is a refuge offering a safe and healthy environment for the short and long term dependency recovery. Our objectives are
Ø To rehabilitate addicts back into society with the confidence to handle the pressure of daily life.
Ø To offer holistic programmes that will cater for the addicts mental, spiritual and physical needs.
Ø To create a well balanced individual.
Ø To prepare the addict for eventual social integration.
Ø To offer family counseling.
Ø To make the addict aware that he is from the Ummat of the Holy Prophet Mohamed (S.A.W).
Ø To create ongoing awareness about the drug problem in the community as a measure of prevention.
Ø To provide comprehensive primary and secondary prevention services.
Ø To redirect the lifestyle of the individual addict and to offer an aftercare support system.
Ø To offer stress management programmes to addicts and their families.
Ø To establish a skills training centre.
Our regular annual projects are:
1. QURBANI – We provide a service to our sponsors by doing their Qurbani on their behalf. The meat is distributed to the poor and destitute in the country where the Qurbani is done.
2. WINTER WARM – Blankets are distributed to the needy during the cold winter months.
3. RAMADAAN HAMPERS – Food hampers are distributed to the impoverished during the month of Ramadaan. This is food for Iftaar and Sehri. Eid hampers are also given so that they could have a good Eid meal.
|BANK||CODE||NAME OF ACCOUNT||ACCOUNT NUMBER|
|FNB||25-07-37||CRESCENT OF HOPE – LILLAH||5528-00631-88|
|FNB||25-07-37||CRESCENT OF HOPE – ZAKAAT||5528-00631-96|
|FAX||011-852-1509||086 661 3159|
|PHYSICAL ADDRESS||137 ROSE AVENUE|
|POSTAL ADDRESS||P. O. BOX 1635|
This piece is taken from the website of Crescent of Hope south Africa.
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