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Durban Informal Settlement Fires

28 Jun 2017

Within the space of a few days, residents of informal settlements on Kennedy Road and Cherry Road in Durban, South Africa were subjected to devastating fires that spread rapidly between informal structures in the densely packed settlements. On June 29th on Cherry Road, over 93 buildings burned down affecting over 200 people. In the larger fire on Kennedy Road, over 200 hundred structures burned down leaving many homeless. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams were on the ground in the aftermath of both...


Western Cape Outreach Programmes

27 Jun 2017

Numerous poor areas and informal settlements in the Western Cape face difficult socioeconomic conditions. Many families struggle against the difficulties brought about by gangsterism, teenage pregnancies and drugs. Al-Imdaad Foundation’s office in the Western Cape often engages in outreach programmes to address the needs of vulnerable residents whether in the form of nutritional assistance, regular support or seasonal activities.


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...


Dakota Informal Settlement Fire

26 May 2017

A fire at the Dakota informal settlement in Isipingo Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday evening, destroyed 60 shacks and left around 200 people homeless. Due to the proximity of shacks to one another, the fire spread quickly and soon tore through large numbers of the poorly built structures. Al-Imdaad Foundation teams coordinated with disaster management authorities and other local NGOs to address needs of victims in displacement centres.


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...


Wheelchair distribution in Mpumalanga

25 Nov 2016

On Saturday November 26th 2016, the Al-Imdaad Foundation joined the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu in taking disability rights awareness month to the Mawewe village in Mpumalanga Province. The event formed part of the Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) which takes place annually from November 3 until December 3. The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities as equal citizens. The campaign also seeks...


Mount Ayliff Hailstorm

15 Nov 2016

On Wednesday November 9th 2016, a devastating hailstorm affected the Mount Ayliff area in the Eastern cape. In the worst affected township of Mobeni some 17 households were displaced with 13 families rendered completely homeless. An elderly 72 year old lady has also lost her life in the storm.


Dignity Pack Distributions at Gauteng Schools

30 Sep 2016

Recent surveys indicate that most school girls from underprivileged families miss school when on their menstruation cycles simply because they cannot afford sanitary pads. To ensure that a girl is in class for the duration of the school calendar, Al-Imdaad Foundation partnered with the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and the Department of Social Development (DSD) to provide Dignity packs for female high school students. These will help ensure female learners can stay in school...



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