Following heavy rain this week, destitute communities are battling the harsh Cape Town winter and local humanitarian organisations are hard at work distributing relief aid. The South African National Zakah Fund (Sanzaf), which started its Operation Winter Warmth project in March, is still going strong in its attempts to assist the poor with the necessities to brave the cold this winter.
Sanzaf public relations officer, Aqeelah Bawa said the organisation’s Operation Winter Warm hopes to assist 5000 learners this winter. The organisation has offices all over the province, reaching as far as Vredenburg. Celebrating its 40th year of serving the community, Sanzaf recently held a seminar where people from all over the world came out and showed their support to an organisation which aims to help individuals in need in many parts of the country and the internationally community as well.
Bawa explained that since March, the winter project already distributed beanie packs to students at schools in the most impoverished areas on the Cape Flats. The packs included beanie’s, gloves and scarves as well as good bags filled with treats for the children.
“Our next stop is the Daljosafat Primary School in Paarl. It is a relatively small school with only about 600 learners but we all know that areas within Boland experience colder temperatures,” Bawa said.
Meanwhile, the community is encouraged to look out for the latest Ramadan projects which will be launched shortly. The organisation is recognised for its contribution to uplifting the most impoverished in the community.
Sanzaf’s distribution centre in Bridgetown is the busiest office. However, Bawa thanked the donors for their generous support which allows the organisation to achieve what it has in the community for 40 years and still going strong.
Bawa also encouraged the local community to do their bit in helping the poor.
“If you cant assist financially, there are always other ways of contributing, by volunteering on one of our projects.”
Alot of time and effort is put into the projects, especially the winter initiative and all hands are needed on deck.” According to Bawa, announcements on the Ramadan projects are around the corner and this time of the year is one of the most busiest times. The help of volunteers and donors are welcome. For more information, contact Sanzaf offices on 021 447 0297 or visit the website on www.sanzaf.org.za. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)