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Muslim women mobilize for Gaza Water Project

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The group of young Muslim women called the AnNur Sisterhood have mobilized to assist the people of Palestine in the development of a new water well. VOC, the Muslim Judicial Council and the Al Quds Foundation launched the project collectively to provide clean, drinkable water to the thousands of Palestinians who now live in dire conditions due to the over 50 day Israeli aggression.

Since the beginning of the programme which took off with a cake sale before Eid-ul Fitr, the women’s youth group managed to raise R35 300. The AnNur Sisterhood’s Yasmin Brey said the effort by members of the organisation stems from its principle and objectives to educate and inspire young Muslim women who live in a Western society.

“We want these women to be examples and be a positive representation of what Islam stands for and therefore, all hands were on deck with this project,” Brey explained.

The fund raising does not end there. A number of tins have already been issued in different communities on the Cape Flats such as Athlone, Wynberg and Grassy Park, requesting the public to contribute whatever they can to Palestine.

“With the last tin collection, we saw a number of children donating the money they received for Eid. Their faces lit up and they became so inspired by the fact that what they had done can make so much of a difference in people’s lives,” Brey added.

Now, more tins are ready for the public, Brey added that the tins can be collected from her practice at 119 Grassmere Street in Athlone. She urged the community to volunteer and focus their efforts toward the development of a Water Well in Gaza.

There are currently about 60 females at the AnNur Sisterhood. They meet every Friday evening at the Darul Naim Masjid in Wynberg. The women vary in age but have worked together to mobilise their community into making a difference.

The Gaza Water Well project has already received immense support from local communities and organisations. This is just one such example of many who have contributed to this worthy project. For more information contact Yasmin Brey on 021 697 5039 or 083 22 55014. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)

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