Operating under the banner of ‘Little Helpers’, a group of young children at a local madrassa have taken it upon themselves to raise monies towards those affected by the recent Gaza conflict. Through a fundraising initiative involving the beading and selling of homemade tasbieghs, the children were able to raise an impressive R7690. Those proceeds were then donated to VOC’s Gaza Water Project, a fund initiated to assist Palestinians with clean drinking water.
The initiative involved 12 children between the ages of 3-14, all hailing from the Madrasatul Falah Institute. The Little Helpers were formed and coordinated by the parents of some of the children involved, with the aim of taking a more concerted effort to helping those in the war-stricken region.
According to project coordinator, Nasreen Rawoot, the group were formed, and subsequently held their first meeting on the 24th August. This was with the goal of deciding on how best to get the children involved in a constructive and positive project.
During the first gathering, the children were questioned on their knowledge of the Gaza conflict. After brainstorming several ideas, they resolved to raise and donate funds towards the construction of water wells in the region. The group then met for a few hours each week to make the construct the tasbieghs.
Follow coordinator, Sameera Tayob, said it was important that the children became involved in projects where they could assist kids their same age, who were in a more vulnerable situation.
“I wanted them to get together and learn to help other, and foster those types of behaviors from a young age that will take them through to adulthood,” she explained.
The project won’t be a once off though. According to Rawoot, they would look to go ahead with the Little Helpers again next year, this time with a more local approach.
“We haven’t really brainstormed as yet, but we want to do something local so that they can be more hands on,” she said. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)