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DHC distributes water, provides relief to thousands in Cape Town

“…a drink of water given to someone is sadaaqah…” (Sahih Bukari)

The ‘Operation H2O’ initiative of Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre - in its continuing drive to provide potable water to the most affected communities – distributed thousands of litres of bottled water and - through its ‘Sponsor-a-Blanket’ campaign - distributed 350 blankets to community members in Cape Town.

With the bottled water already delivered via road transport to a storage facility in Cape Town, Abdul Saeed Shaik - head of the Relief Team – arrived on Sunday 22 April 2018 in Cape Town and initiated the distribution of bottled water early Monday morning.

A network of 15 adult female and male volunteers in Cape Town assisted and facilitated in the distribution of the bottled water and blankets over five days until the evening on Friday.

A total of 7 644 five litre potable water bottles (38 220 litres) were distributed to learners at schools, organisations and community members in the following areas:

Kwamfundo High School - Khayelitsha
Harare Community Hall - Khayelitsha
Islamic Learning Centre – Medway, Khayelitsha
Beit ul Aman - Wynberg
Huguenot Primary School - Rocklands
Searidge Park Primary - Rocklands
Tafelsig Primary School - Tafelsig
Tafelsig Creche - Tafelsig
Seniors Citizens - Tafelsig Hall
Kenmere Primary School - Kensington
Portlands / Phillipi East Senior Community
Mitchells Plain Welfare Organisation
Montague Drive Primary - Portland
Mitchells Heights Primary
Yellowwood Park Primary
Spine Road High

School principals, staff members, elated learners and senior members of the respective communities expressed their most heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the Relief Team for the outreach.

In particular, Councillor Anele Gabuza (Ward 98) - who was present at all distribution points in Kayelitsha - also expressed his most sincere thanks to the Relief Team for an outreach that ‘overwhelmed’ him.

Blanket Distribution

In tandem with the distribution of the bottled water 100 blankets were handed to senior citizens at the Harare Community Hall (Kayelitsha), 100 at the Islamic learning Centre (Medway, Kayelitsha), 50 at Beit ul Aman (Wynberg), 50 at Beit ul Ansaar (Mitchells Plain) and 50 at the Vision Child & Youth Centre (Lansdowne).

Feeding Outreach

Allied to the ‘Operation H2O’ and ‘Sponsor-a-Blanket’ initiative the Humanitarian Centre - through its Feeding Outreach - provided hot meals for 1 300 learners at the Huguenot Primary School (Rocklands) on Wednesday and for 150 children at the Mitchells Plain Creche on Thursday.

Councillor Anele Gabuza said he was “impressed by the outreach of the Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre and the efficacy of the Relief Team and volunteers for thinking of them in this painful time.”

The Relief Team was warmly received by many learners and people at all areas of the outreach and the appreciation and thanks received was ‘humbling.’

Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre would like to place on record our most sincere thanks to the ‘Voice of the Cape’ (VOC) – the Cape Muslim community radio station – for the broadcast of the interviews with Brother Abdul Saeed on all aspects of the Centre’s outreach in Cape Town and, in particular, the benevolent assistance of the entire team of volunteers from the ‘Mother City’ and our donors and sponsors for their support in this noble community outreach project.

These relief initiatives are only made possible through the generous and on-going contributions of the Muslim community.

Darul Ihsan Centre

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