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Marawi Crisis

04 Jun 2017

The city of Marawi is located on the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines and is the capital of the Lano Del Sur province. On May 23rd, 2017, the city was over-run by the rebel group Maute, who has rejected the peace process agreed upon by other groups on the island. This prompted the declaration of Martial law on the Island and Government forces have since been involved in an operation to drive the militants out of the city. In the process over 250 000 people have been displaced from their homes....


FEED SYRIA CAMPAIGN

13 May 2017

The FEED SYRIA campaign is an initiative of Al-Imdaad Foundation’s office in Jordan. The campaign is being coordinated in partnership with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) and the Jordanian armed forces. It involves the distribution of rice to Syrian refugees stranded in the no-man’s land area between Syria and Jordan. The rice is delivered by the Jordanian armed forces from the border. The beneficiary community are stuck in the border regions of Syria and Jordan but are unable...


Somalia Food Crisis 2017

10 Mar 2017

Somalia teeters on the brink of a devastating famine as a result of an extended drought. Consecutive seasons of poor rainfall have caused the death of three quarters of the county’s livestock which are the main source of income and livelihood for most the population. An estimated 6.2 million Somalians are at risk of a famine that could be even worse than the 2011 disaster which claimed the lives of more than 260 000 people. Currently, more than 363 000 acutely malnourished children and 70 000...


Jordan Refugee Support

31 Jan 2017

Jordan has always been home to a large number of refugees, initially these were mainly Palestinian refugees but ever since the Syrian crisis Jordan has become host to one of the largest numbers of Syrian refugees in the Middle East after Turkey and Lebanon. Currently UNRWA estimates place the number of registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan at some 2 million living in over 10 camps. There are also an estimated 1.4 million Syrians in Jordan with 655 496 registered Syrian refugees. Many of these...


Jordan Container Homes

31 Jan 2017

There are an estimated 1.4 million Syrian in Jordan. Of these, some 655 496 have been officially registered as refugees. The majority of Syrians in Jordan live outside of official refugee camps such as the two largest Zaatari and Mafraq camps. Most live in squalid urban dwellings where they struggle to eke out an existence on the margins of society. But the worst off are those forced to live in makeshift camps and tents in the desert. These refugees are the poorest with the least resources and...


Help Save Aleppo’s Evacuees

16 Dec 2016

Many neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo faced a war of extermination under a brutal siege and the blockade of the only humanitarian access point into the area for much of 2016. Residents faced unprecedented shelling in the last weeks of the siege with over a thousand lives lost in strikes in November and early December 2016. Many other injured civilians also lost their lives due to the collapse of the medical system in the besieged areas. Chlorine gas and other illegal munitions were repeatedly...


Rohingya Crisis

25 Nov 2016

Thousands of Rohingya poured into Bangladesh after the worst round of violence since 2012 broke out against the persecuted minority in October 2016. Ongoing for up to 4 months the latest flare-ups displaced tens of thousands and killed over a 100. At least 1250 buildings were torched early on, including homes and mosques and many women reported being raped and abused. In addition, over 150 000 people usually reliant on humanitarian were cut off from supplies while the military engaged in ‘clean-up’...


Winter Warmth for Syrian Refugees 2016

02 Nov 2016

For Syrian refugees living in camps and temporary shelters, winter is a terrifying and life-threatening experience. With recent winters bringing sub-zero temperatures to the Middle Eastern region, the conditions of refugee and displaced communities has become even more vulnerable. There are some 4.8 million registered Syrian refugees and UNHCR estimates that there are about 8.5 million displaced people inside Syria, with close to a million displaced this year alone. Many of these families struggle...


Mediterranean Refugee Crisis- Feeding Campaign

29 Sep 2016

You will all have seen by now the harrowing images of refugees struggling to make it across the Mediterranean. These people flee from violence, war and persecution which has turned homes into places of horror. Some European governments have failed to uphold the laws regarding refugees and this has rendered many of these people homeless and in desperate need of shelter, food and medical assistance. For many of these refugees, even when food is available, access to halal food is problematic in camp...


Feed Gaza Campaign

31 Jul 2016

Repeated wars, an extended blockade and the overall deterioration of the socio-economic situation over the last decade is the bleak reality facing the people of the Gaza strip. These conditions have forced more than 80% of the population to be reliant on international aid to meet their daily needs. For the traditionally large families that characterise the Gaza strip, even providing adequate meals has become a difficulty. Studies suggest that a third of Gazan children face stunted growth as a...


A NEW LIFE

27 May 2016

The siege over the Gaza Strip is continuing for the 8th consecutive year, and has devastated key sectors in the area. The blockade has also resulted in 90% of the people in Gaza Strip living beneath the poverty line and depending mainly on humanitarian aid for their needs. The Food insecurity rate has also spiked and currently reaches 57% across the Gaza Strip. Due to the sustained siege and recurrent wars, thousands of families are homeless and cannot even afford to secure the basic food needs...


Flour For Syria

17 Nov 2016

Into the seventh year of the Syrian crisis and life for civilians remains difficult. Millions have taken refuge in neighbouring countries and for those displaced or living in towns and cities, many cannot meet their daily needs. The price of a pack of pita loaves has seen incredible escalations making it unaffordable to many families. The price is a reflection of the fact that there has been no healthy agriculture and trade in Syria for the last four to five years. With wheat being the staple...


Disability Centre in the Gaza Camp in Jordan

23 Nov 2015

The Gaza refugee-camp in Jordan is one of the poorest camps in the country with refugees mainly from the Gaza strip. Most refugees here have no ID permits and are unable to obtain employment within Jordan making their position especially vulnerable. Within the camp an important disability centre has been operating to address the needs of disabled refugees in the surrounding communities. The centre was initially a UNHCR funded programme but funding was dropped leaving it unable to function effectively....


Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Orphan programme in Jordan

10 Nov 2015

Jordan has always been home to a large number of refugees, initially these were mainly Palestinian refugees but ever since the Syrian uprising Jordan has become one of the greatest hosts of Syrian refugees in the middle east. Many of these refugee communities live in numerous camps in Jordan with some long established camps having become their own suburbs. They are often populated by the most vulnerable members of Jordanian society including large numbers of orphans and widows who often have no...


Medical Projects in Jordan

03 Jun 2011

Jordan has always been home to a large number of refugees, in the past these were mainly people of Palestinian origin but in recent years the Syrian conflict has seen over 600 000 cross the border into Jordan. Most of these refugees are without their own sources of livelihood and struggle to obtain adequate medical care for the illnesses and injuries that affect them. Especially among the newly arrived Syrian refugees, the incidence of illness and injury is high as the health system of Syria has...


Make Orphans Smile

06 Jun 2015

The global population of orphans, at some 220 million is staggeringly high. Each day thousands are orphaned as a result of conflict and war, sickness, disease and starvation. If all orphans inhabited one country, it would be in the top 10 most populous countries in the world. These orphans often face discrimination and may become victims of human trafficking and child labour as they struggle to get by with no one to look after them. Their stories are stories of trauma and difficulty and many will...


Rebuild Gaza Campaign

19 May 2015

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated places in the world with a total area of just 365 km2 where over 1.8 million people live. Palestinians are still suffering from devastating economic and social conditions brought about by waves of war and the ongoing blockade. In 2014 the 50-day attack, targeting multiple sites in Gaza caused at least 100,000 people to lose their homes. Thousands were injured and more than 2,100 Palestinians lost their lives during the seven-week long conflict,...


Al-Imdaad Foundation Projects in the Balkans

24 Nov 2014

The brutal history of communism in Albania left a scarred population and a struggling economy with the highest rates of unemployment in Europe. Almost one in 3 Albanians lives in poverty especially in rural areas and up to 5% struggle to meet daily food needs. Certain minority groups are especially vulnerable, like the Roma people who often face discrimination and exclusion especially in the area of education where large proportions of Roma teenagers remain illiterate. The Al-Imdaad Foundation...


Gaza Water Filtration Plants

12 Oct 2014

After the most recent series of Israeli attacks the already scarce water resources in Gaza were even further limited due to the destruction to water and electrical infrastructure. Gaza’s only aquifer, the coastal aquifer has fallen to almost 15 metres below sea level resulting in the entry of sea water which has made it unfit for consumption or agriculture. In addition there is the threat that heavy-metals and other dangerous chemicals from Israeli munitions may have further contaminated Gaza’s...


Al-Imdaad Water Well and Borehole Project

08 Jul 2013

Every living organism requires water to live. This is how the Creator has created life in this world. According to the (Sphere Project, 2011), an initiative setup by the UN to promote quality and accountability in humanitarian activities, “Water is essential for life, health and human dignity. In extreme situations, there may not be sufficient water available to meet basic needs, and in these cases supplying a survival level of safe drinking water is of critical importance. In most cases, the...



Western Cape Fire & Flood Relief

06 Jun 2017

Up to 10 000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes after intensive winds brought about what is being called the worst urban fire in recent memory in the Western Cape. The fire affected parts of the Southern Cape in Knysna and surrounding areas. The fire came on the back of what has been called the worst storm in 30 years in Cape Town which caused havoc on Wednesday June 7th 2017, ripping roofs off buildings and leading to widespread flooding in low-lying areas. Several thousand people...


Operation Winter Warmth 2017

27 Mar 2017

Winter season in South Africa is one of the most difficult times of year for those living at the bottom rung of society. Whether they are rural dwellers or inhabitants of shanty towns and informal settlements, when the cold comes it highlights their flimsy walls and thin clothes and aggravates the medical conditions many suffer from. Al-Imdaad Foundation’s annual Operation Winter Warmth blanket drive addresses this with timely interventions for the most vulnerable. We distribute blankets, winter...


Vision4Life eye-care programme

03 Mar 2017

The new phase of the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Vision4Life eye care programme has been launched with the establishment of an onsite eye care clinic at the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s offices in the Sherwood area of Durban. The new phase follows on the success of a volunteer driven cataract surgery campaign that benefitted many patients in 2014. It will involve the screening of patients from disadvantaged schools, old age homes and other areas where effective treatment may be difficult to obtain. Those...


Back2School 2017

12 Jan 2017

The beginning of the new school year is a time of mixed emotions. For some students it is a time of excitement for others it is a time of embarrassment and dread. Students who cannot afford stationery or school bags often feel very shy about their situation. These feelings can negatively impact on their concentration and overall performance. This is not even considering the actual negative effects their lack of stationery has on their ability to engage in their school day activities. Sometimes...


Organic Community Gardens

10 Oct 2013

Rural areas in developing countries like South Africa are generally characterised by an inadequate satisfaction of basic needs which lies at the core of poverty. Basic needs are those human requirements that are necessary to make human survival and development possible in any given society. The Al-Imdaad Foundation’s Umtshezi Community Garden Project is aimed at unlocking development by addressing issues of access to resources that are required for the satisfaction needs. Through this project,...


Operation Sukuma Sakhe

31 Dec 2015

Operation Sukuma Sakhe began as the poverty eradication wing of the KZN government first spearheaded by former premier Dr Zweli Mkhize. It aims to make meaningful household interventions on poverty possible and to address the needs of the most vulnerable and deprived communities and households. In this way it seeks to make rural development and sustainable livelihood a realizable vision and to create opportunities for skills development and employment. Operation Sukuma Sakhe aims to rebuild...


SA Drought Relief

07 Nov 2015

Below average rainfall and dry, hot weather resulted in a crippling drought across many areas of South Africa. Even with rainfall in 2016 and early 2017, many dams remain far below capacity. Nationally the drought situation affected millions of households especially in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West. At its height, officials described the situation as the worst case of drought since 1982 with national dams at an average of only 54.9% capacity...


Make Breakfast Possible

16 Oct 2014

As it is often said, a healthy body is a healthy mind and a hungry stomach does not bode well for the absorption of information. Hungry learners often struggle to concentrate in class and visit the school nurse daily with head and stomach aches. Due to pangs of hunger, learners often feel sick and fall behind resulting in poor grades and a low pass rate. In order to address this problem, the Al-Imdaad Foundation, in consultation with food technologists, dieticians and nutritional experts have...


Slice-4-Life Feeding Scheme

03 Jul 2010

As the cost of living soars and medical care becomes almost unaffordable, the queues at state hospitals lengthen considerably. For many who endure the long wait for essential medical supplies, hunger is a constant companion. A vast majority travel long distances to reach hospitals, often setting out well before dawn. Launched in July 2010, the Al-Imdaad Foundation’s SLICE-4-LIFE™ project helps provide a small measure of nutritional comfort to thousands of patients across South Africa. The value...