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In a nutshell, we all know the genocide taking place in #Aleppo Syria. The images are heartbreaking.
Yes, we must feel the pain of the innocent men, women and children…but we also need to DO something.
Many NGO’s are doing sterling work and May the Almighty reward you.
A few of us decided to start a massive fund raising campaign in SA under the banner of #OperationSA
The working committee will decide which charities we will give the money to. On the list we also have Al Imdaad Foundation, Jamiatul Ulama SA, Africa Muslims Agency, Jamiatul Ulama KZN and a few others.
With the support of this group and others, we will God-willing be able to collect a few million rand.
We are talking to ITV to host an urgent telethon on Monday or Tuesday evening. Details to follow. Anyone wishing to assist to cover air time costs can contact Yaseen Theba.
We are starting to take pledges on line and going on a massive social media drive. Yaseen will forward details.
The working committee comprises of Yaseen, Moulana Pelwan, Al-Firnaz Patel, Aboobaker Kalla, Yousha Tayob, Amaan Muhammed, Catherine Constantinides and Zaheera Bham Ismail and Andy Mashaile and myself.
Operation SA is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to reduce human suffering. We respond to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and poverty. We are non-sectarian and non-political.
Ubuntu – This African proverb reveals a world view that we owe our selfhood to others, that we are first and foremost social beings, that, if you will, no person is an island, or as the African would have it, “One finger cannot pick up a grain.” Ubuntu is, at the same time, a deeply personal philosophy that calls on us to mirror our humanity for each other.
We encourage willing participation, warmth, openness, and personal dignity by partnering with communities, governments and corporate organizations. These relationships let us harness complementary expertise and networks to ensure that each community gets the best response available.
People are powerful when they are heard.
By engaging with partners, donors and communities, #OperationSA fosters skills such as transparency, accountability and open public debate — the cornerstones of effective civil society. And a strong civil society supports good governance, the critical force behind long-term development and stability.
We believe that dynamic partnerships are critical to solving challenges. Our partners – from corporations to foundations to entrepreneurs – are committed to developing and supporting socially responsible initiatives that build stronger communities in the developing world, while enhancing business and development goals.
Together, Operation SA and our partners can help build a world of opportunities.
Let’s support Syria…
I suggest we limit debate and focus on the positive. Concrete ideas and contributions are welcome