Poverty alleviation involves the provision of basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter to those who have no means of fulfilling these needs. This is a core function of SANZAF, but is an integral part of SANZAF’s skills development and educational assistance programme. It also extends to helping restore a poor person’s faith in Allah. The programme is also designed to restore the dignity of the poor.
SANZAF’s popular Adopt a Granny initiative, now in its third year, forms part of Operation Winter Warmth Campaign and is already in full swing.
The initiative not only aims to satisfy the material needs of the elderly by providing them with appropriate clothing for the winter months, but it also seeks to extend a hand of compassion and love to them so that they are made to feel special.
SANZAF is partnering with over 20 high schools nationally (i.e. over 1000 learners) to treat some 510 grannies to a shopping spree, making this initiative among the largest volunteer-driven programmes of its kind.
SANZAF will be spending in excess of R500 000 on the initiative and each granny will be allocated an amount of ranging from R500 to R1000 to purchase clothing items of their choice assisted by the learners.
Each school has identified and "adopted" 20 grannies from their surrounding communities, as well as matched two learners per granny to accompany them on a subsidised “shopping spree”.
The ADOPT-A-GRANNY initiative hopes to achieve several things, including:
The schools involved in this initiative include:
SANZAF Pietermaritzburg did a sterling job at their outreach on the 29 July, they provided 47 pots of Haleem to 16 masajid, 22 pots of Akhni to 11 masajid, 900 naan to 250 masajid as well as four 20 litre buckets of milkshake and cooldrink to masajid and 30 dozen samosas per day for Iftar. Their weekday distribution included 2 degs of Akhni per day and on Sunday they provided 18 degs of Akhni for the Northdale Masjid.