R500 000 Donation Enables Madressah Uloom ud Deen To Improve Its Community-Based Services In Mid-Ennerdale, Johannesburg

Non-profit organisation, the Madressah Uloom ud Deen, has been afforded the ability to offer disadvantaged participants free transport, thanks to a R500 000 donation of a new vehicle by the South African Muslim Charitable Trust (SAMCT).

The organisation, based in Mid-Ennerdale, Johannesburg, offers a wide range of community-based upliftment programmes, but was battling to provide much-needed transport for its both young and elderly participants. That was until the SAMCT stepped into the breach.

Addressing a virtual hand-over function recently, SAMCT representative, Mr Gaf Osman , said: “As a non-profit organisation, the Madressah Uloom ud Deen is doing amazing work on a wide-range of fronts, which is no easy task when finding the funding necessary to continue its good works remains an uphill battle.”

Madressah Uloom ud Deen exists to provide girls from disadvantaged backgrounds with an Islamic education, but has also evolved to meeting growing youth development needs in the fields of welfare and social activities, humanitarian relief and health awareness, as well as educational development.

Mr Gaf Osman said: “With its expanded range of programmes, transport has become an issue for the organisation. Effective and efficient transport is a vital lifeline for an organisation such as this. However, vehicle purchases require a massive capital outlay, which is not easily recouped, given that the organisation works to assist the historically disadvantaged,” Mr Gaf Osman said.

The organisation faced the daunting challenge of offering crucial community-based programmes from which participants – young and old – would derive benefit, but were not necessarily able to access, due to their own transport affordability problems.

He stressed that a vehicle for the transportation of boarding students to education-related events, the extension of outreach programmes and delivering services to the elderly and infirm had ‘become vital to the organisation’s core activities.’ “Without it, those the organisation exists to serve will be unable to access the highly beneficial programmes the Madressah Uloom ud Deen operates. With this in mind, the SAMCT was pleased to be in a position to fund a new vehicle, ensuring that the organisation is able to both maintain its current programmes and to expand such programmes for the upliftment of greater numbers of
deserving community members,” said Mr Gaf Osman The SAMCT was created in 2008 to provide funding, services and other resources for the improvement of the lives of vulnerable, deprived and disadvantaged. It has successfully delivered sizeable assistance solutions throughout the country, irrespective of race or religion and work to support needy organisations in the fields of health, social development, poverty alleviation and education.

Mr Gaf Osman concluded: “We are extremely pleased to have been able to intercede, providing a solution to the Madressah Uloom ud Deen’s dilemma. We trust that participants in the organisation’s other programmes grow from strength to strength as a result of being able to access an effective transport system.”

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For more information about SAMCT or its Madressah Uloom ud Deen donation of a vehicle, please
contact:
Rasheeda Motala
Social Responsibility Officer
Tel: 084 506 2280
Email: samct@samct.co.za

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