A group of grade 7 students at the Belhar Islamic Primary School have taken it upon themselves to mobilize their fellow classmates, in raising funds towards VOC’s Gaza Water Project. The monies were raised through various initiatives at the school over the past few weeks, before being handed over on VOC’s popular Afternoon Cruise show.
Launched more than three years ago in conjunction with the Al-Quds Foundation and Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), the project seeks to restore and construct water wells in the conflict stricken coastal strip.
Amongst those at the forefront of the fundraiser was Belhar student, Imaad Fredericks, who said they were eager to assist the people in Gaza, many of whom were without some of the most basic nessecities.
Although initially setting the target of raising R10 000 towards the project, the massive success of the fundraiser meant they were forced to increase their goal to R25 000. According to Fredericks, that target had also been surpassed.
“We actually made over that amount. We managed to raise R28 000,” he said.
The majority of funds were raised through a market day, involving the entire school. Other fundraisers included casual days, where students were asked to donate R5’s in return for attending school in casual wear, as well as learners being issued with collection lists.
One of the educators at the Belhar Islamic primary school, Mualima Najmoenisa Bemjamin, recognized the hard work and effort put in by her students. She also highlighted the atmosphere at the school, in relation to the fundraiser.
“It is an atmosphere of excitement, but also remembrance. Remembering the cause for the funds, and remembering our brothers and sisters in Gaza,” she said.
The students were hopeful and confident of other schools following suit, in taking up the challenge and raising funds towards the project.
Anyone wishing to assist with the Gaza Water Project can do so by making contributions to the following bank account:
Name: Muslim Broadcasting Corporation
Acc #: 5026 1166 860
Branch: Woodstock – 250 655
Ref: Water project.