Africa Muslims Agency needs your support
By Hassan Isilow
As the winter season gets colder, Africa Muslims Agency (AMA) is calling on Muslims to contribute R270 for their winter warmth campaign, targeting the underprivileged. According to AMA regional director, Hassan Choonara, their campaign is meant to help those who can not afford to buy winter necessities like blankets.
“Many underprivileged South Africans sleep in the cold during the winter season because they can not afford to buy blankets. So we are appealing to Muslims to contribute generously to this campaign so that we can help these people get warm this winter,” Choonara said, adding that their winter warmth packs includes a blanket, gloves, scarves and earmuffs for four members of a family.
Besides the winter campaign, AMA has also initiated its Ramadan feeding scheme. The humanitarian organization – which supports Islamic works in 34 African countries – also welcomes sponsorships for building mosques across the continent, along with boreholes and water wells in some of Africa’s worst affected areas. In a different project, donors are encouraged to sponsor an Eid gift for an orphan. AMA currently takes care of 10,000 orphans.
Choonara, who recently returned from famine-hit Somalia, said his organization had started a repatriation programme where they relocated thousands of Somalis who had earlier fled from their villages to the capital city Mogadishu because of famine. “We have given seeds to the people we repatriated as they returned to their villages where they can start cultivating their lands in places where the rains have started to fall,” he related. Elsewhere, AMA started a water catchment process to help farmers and households in drought stricken regions.
Besides, offering humanitarian assistance, AMA also runs the Simad University in Mogadishu, Somalia, which trains thousands of students. “After these students graduate from this university, we sponsor them for their Masters and PhD courses at international universities in Malaysia and other Muslim countries. Alhamdulillah, whenever they complete their studies they return to Somalia and serve their communities,” Choonara said.
To donate to any of these projects, contact AMA on 011-834 8685/6, or visit their website for more details at http://www.africamuslimsagency.co.za.