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SANZAF Tree Waqf
Climate change patterns and the global financial crisis of the last decade have negatively impacted global food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) contends that as many as 204 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa are undernourished.
These adverse conditions leave many ordinary South Africans struggling to meet their basic needs. Inadequate food and poor nutrition in turn leads to stunted development, illness and the inability to work.
In keeping with its mission of changing lives through development and relief, SANZAF embarks on several projects to combat food insecurity. In the Gauteng region SANZAF currently supports two community-based farms. Smallholder farmers, we believe can play an important role in fighting hunger and creating opportunities for employment in South Africa. Smallholder and subsistence farms can increase food supply in communities, and consequently improve food security and nutrition.
This year SANZAF is embarking on a new project in partnership with the Winterveld Shurah. The Shurah is in the process of establishing a community orchard that will serve to create opportunities for employment as well as provide access to high-quality fresh produce. SANZAF will contribute 200 mature litchi trees in February 2019. Prior to the planting, the land will be prepared, an irrigation system installed and community members will be trained to manage and care for the trees.
The SANZAF Tree Waqf was established in 2009 as a sustainable resource-base to support Agriculture projects in the Gauteng region. The waqf forms a perpetual endowment, whose earnings are designated for agriculture in South Africa. The waqf system is traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) who advised Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) to pledge a portion of land that he had acquired as a waqf. The land would remain intact, and could not be sold, while its fruits would be given as sadaqah (voluntary charity).
Donations to the SANZAF Tree Waqf are invested into the Waqf Fund, and its returns are disbursed, on an annual basis, to agriculture projects. Apart from forming a sustainable resource-base for community development, donations are a means of sadaqah jaariyah (perpetual charity) for the donor.
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Chris Mabunda, a WITS university student and one of 35 student entrepreneurs from around the world was selected to attend the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) programme in Munich Germany.
Chris was selected after he started a project in 2016 that manufactures eco-friendly bricks and cement from waste materials to assist people living in rural areas to build low cost housing. However, Chris encountered an obstacle of funding to cover his flight to Germany. An individual contacted SANZAF and explained Chris’s situation to which a decision was made to sponsor Chris’s trip to Germany. An ecstatic Chris departed from SANZAF full of smiles and eager to further develop his skills.
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SANZAF Gauteng staff handed a cheque of funds collected to date to the Bait Haleema Sa'addiya Orphanage on Sunday 27 January 2019. The funds will be utilised as a sponsorship for a new building on their premises.
Funds to date amounted to R400 000 and will be used to build a safe environment for orphaned children to live and learn.
Watch the ceremony or take a tour of the facilities on Facebook by clicking on the links below:
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This May marked SANZAF’s (South African National Zakah Fund) fifth annual Adopt-a-granny Campaign. The project aims to allow school students to give back to their communities in a meaningful way. Students identify deserving elderly women in their communities and then treat them to breakfast and a winter-warmth shopping spree.
The project, which appreciates Islam’s concern for the elderly, allows students to learn about this important Islamic value through experience. It is thought that spending quality time with community elders will not only bring joy to the elders but also impact the way in which students view the elderly and their responsibility towards them and humanity as a whole.
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On Thursday, 15 November 2018, SANZAF Gauteng hosted a graduation lunch for its entrepreneurs. The event was hosted in line with the Global Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place from 12-18 November 2018. The event was designed to celebrate the efforts of the entrepreneurs, allow them to connect with each other and to meet the SANZAF team. 32 students (past and current) and 14 staff attended the event, which also served as a graduation for the final cohort of students for the year. 12 students successfully completed the course and will go on to produce and present their personal business plans and ideas at the end of the month.
The keynote address highlighted eight habits for successful entrepreneurs and was delivered by Hoosen Essof. Five students also shared their experiences of the course and the life lessons that their own business ventures have taught them. Quraysha Mehta reminded the students that successful entrepreneurship requires hard work, dedication and trial, and error while Amin reminded his colleagues that “Allah is our first resource, not our last resort” in business, as in life.
Between February and November 2018, 51 students partook in the SANZAF Short Learning Programme in Small Business. 15 students have since started their own businesses, ranging from hair salons, takeaways, home industries, and a perfumery. The programme provides both practical and theoretical training to individuals with a penchant for business. The students attend six weeks of classes, which culminate in a Business Plan Competition where groups of students compete to design and present the best business plan. Students who successfully complete the course are awarded an NQF Level 1 certificate.