SANZAF prides itself on the fact that its relief efforts and outreach activities are inclusive of sectors of society, irrespective of colour, gender, age or creed. One of the regions that has most epitomised these ideals has been SANZAF Uitenhage.
As South African’s marked and celebrated Freedom Day on the 27th April, SANZAF’s Uitenhage offices chose to treat elderly community members from a non-muslim senior citizens home in nearby Bethelsdorp to a day at the beach. As Islam is a universal religion inclusive of all, the project sought to value this ideal by providing the elderly beneficiaries with the care, love and attention they require.
In addition, the project also helps to promote Islam as a universal religion, inclusive of all.
Many of these senior citizens have resided at the home for more than 30 years. Many have been abandoned by their families, abused and taken advantage of for their old age pension grants, and are now forced to live under challenging conditions.
To bring a sense of joy to their lives, SANZAF hired an 80-seater bus to transport the residents of the senior citizens home in Bethelsdorp to the Summerstrand beach. The elderly beneficiaries were also provided foods and snacks throughout the journey to keep their hunger in tow.
For the homes most senior citizen, a 96-year old elderly woman, the trip marked her first ever visit to the beach.
With the outreach programme proving immensely successful, there have been calls for SANZAF Uitenhage to make the trip an annual event. In addition, SANZAF has also resolved to run a weekly feeding scheme at the senior citizens home as part of its Operation Winter Warmth activities.
You can help aid similar outreach activities by donating your Sadaqah and Lillah to SANZAF.