Yet again, in an attempt to uplift the underprivileged of KwaZulu-Natal, the Jamiatul Ulama KZN PROJECT H.E.L.P. relief team responded to an appeal from the community of Intanda who were desperately in need of water. Intanda is an extremely rural settlement, which forms part of the Inanda district, and has always been without piped municipal water supply. Their only source of water is from municipal water tankers that deliver into the area weekly. However, the community has been mostly without water for over three months now.
By the grace of Allah Ta’ala, the Jamiat KZN PROJECT H.E.L.P. relief team had the privilege to assist the community of Intanda and on Saturday 12th March 2016 with the help of approximately 40 volunteers, which included Ulama, businessmen, youth and children, 12 000 litres of 5L bottled water was distributed to the community.
Most of the residents were transported by buses to a central distribution point, which was a bus depot in the area belonging to the Kaloo family. A week before the distribution, signs in Zulu informing the locals of the water distribution were posted on their buses that operate within the area.
For those locals who were unable to reach the distribution point an 8 and 5-ton truck, two vans and a Quantum panel van loaded with water drove along the winding dirt roads further into the rural settlement distributing water to the residents door to door. Over 600 households were assisted.
Along with the water, 600 toiletry packs and 6000 chocolate bars were also distributed. These were sponsored by Gift of the Givers who also assisted in the distribution.
1500 x 150ml ice-cold water sachets were also distributed to the residents to drink while waiting in queue to collect their water. Alhamdo-Lillah, the distribution went exceptionally well and the residents of the area were overjoyed and extremely appreciative of the water. We make dua that Allah Ta’ala uses this as a means of attracting the residents of the locality to Islam, Aameen.
Our special thanks to Gift of the Givers for their invaluable assistance in the transporting of the water and to Moulana Bilal Amla of Verulam Young Muslim Association for facilitating the distribution. We are extremely grateful to brothers Goolam and Naeem Kaloo for allowing us the use of their depot and for transporting the residents in their buses to the distribution point. May Allah Ta’ala grant them Barakah, Aameen.
We express our heartfelt gratitude to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly and made the distribution so much easier for our PROJECT H.E.L.P. relief team. We make dua that Allah Ta’ala accepts this humble effort, especially the contributions of our donors and the efforts of all involved, Aameen.