Following up on its previous visit to Amaoti and having witnessed first-hand the dire need of the community, Alhamdulillah on Thursday 15th December 2016 the Jamiat KZN PROJECT H.E.L.P. team and volunteers distributed 200 large food hampers to the aged of the community at the Entokozweni Community Care & Welfare Centre which serves the needs of the elderly, orphans, vulnerable children as well as the community.
The team reached there at approximately 11:30 am where the elderly were eagerly awaiting them at the hall. When they saw the unloading of the hampers, the joy and appreciation was noticeable and they warmly greeted every team member and volunteer as they entered.
Each Hamper contained:
- 1kg super maize meal
- 1kg rice
- 500g soya mince
- 2lt oil
- 500g white sugar
- 500g fine salt
- 100 tea bags
- 500g macaroni
- 2 x toppers biscuits
- 1kg instant breakfast porridge
- 1 x tin fish
- 1 x baked beans
- 450g mixed fruit jam
All of the above products were packed in a 22L plastic bucket for convenience that could later be used by the recipients.
Together with this, bottles of cold still water were handed to each recipient, as it was a scorching hot day. The happiness that each person showed as they came forward to collect their food hamper had a remarkable feeling on the volunteers. Many of these elderly people came singing with joy, whilst others promised to pray for the Jamiat KZN.
This was the first time that a few team members and volunteers had witnessed first-hand what it felt like to see those who were so much less fortunate and many of them spoke of how by just looking at them, created a feeling of appreciation and gratitude.
Something worth mentioning was the fact that even though they had so little in terms of material wealth, yet the level of contentment amongst them was amazing. It is a lesson for us Muslims because we find that so many of us have so much yet we find no peace of mind or contentment in our lives.
After the distribution at the community centre, food hampers where also distributed to patients at the Amaoti clinic. Whilst the food hampers were being distributed, sweets were given out to the children.
May Allah Ta’ala use our humble efforts as a means of attracting them towards Imaan and Islam. May He accept the contributions of our donors and the efforts of all involved, Aameen.
For donations towards future PROJECT H.E.L.P. local outreach efforts, kindly deposit funds into the following bank account:
Jamiatul Ulama KZN (Lillah Projects)
FNB Umgeni Junction (200913)
Account Number: 5089 1141 828
Reference: Project HELP
Lillah or Sadaqah ONLY! Strictly NO ZAKAAT!