SA group raising funds for aid to Syria

JOHANNESBURG – A group of South Africans have formed an organisation called Operation SA to urgently raise money, for humanitarian efforts in Syria.

The non-profit organisation says its mission is to reduce human suffering in Aleppo and other parts of Syria by raising few million rand because innocent men, women and children are being slaughtered and thousands are crying for help.

Among those behind the initiative is social activist Yusuf Abramjee, who says they cannot sit back and see the suffering continue.

Abramjee says the organisation will distribute funds to credible charities which are working on the ground as a matter of urgency.

“Men, women and children are being killed. There’s a need for medicines, food, clothing, blankets and shelter. We as so we as South Africans decided to unite under the banner of Operation SA, #Save Syria, to assist with the humanitarian efforts.”

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South Africans unite to urgently assist #Aleppo #Syria

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SUNDAY 18 December 2016

#OperationSA

South Africans unite to urgently assist #Aleppo #Syria

A group of South Africans have formed #OperationSA and its first task is to urgently raise money for humanitarian efforts in Syria.

Among those behind the initiative, amongst others, are social activists’ Yusuf Abramjee, Yaseen Theba and Catherine Constantinides.

Abramjee said “an urgent decision was taken at the weekend to make Aleppo and other parts of Syria the first project. We cannot sit back and see the suffering continue. Innocent men, women and children are being slaughtered and thousands are crying for help.

“Many local and foreign charities are assisting but we all need to DO much more. There is an urgent need for food, medical supplies, blankets, mattresses and shelter.

“We decided to co-ordinate the collection drive and #OperationSA will distribute the funds to credible charities who are working on the ground as a matter of urgency,” Abramjee said.

ITV on DSTV channel 347 will host a pledge line/telethon on Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

Several radio stations and media organizations will take the broadcast live: they include Souk Islam Channel (You Tube), Radio Al Ansaar, Radio Islam, Channel Islam InternationalVoice of the Cape, Sirius FM and Deen TV.

“We are delighted so many NGO’s and media organizations have joined hands. We stand united for a common purpose – to help those in need.”

#OperationSA is supported by various organizations throughout the country including Islamic Relief SA, The Al Imdaad Foundation, Jamiatul Ulama SA, Jamiatul Ulama KZN, Awqaf SA, Crescent Lifestyle, Africa Muslims Agency, Al Quds Foundation, Caring Women’s Forum and The Two Lights Foundation.

Several other humanitarians and NGO’s are also on the working committee including community leader Andy Mashaile, Al Firnaz Patel from Crescent Lifestyle, Zaheera Bham Ismail from the Caring Womens Forum (CWF), attorney Yousha Tayob, banker Amman Muhammed and Raeesa Rhemtula.

Deputy CEO of Awqaf SA Mikaeel Collier from Cape Town, businessman Ridwaan Kalla and attorney Raeesa Rhemtula from Polokwane are also on the Working Committee.

“We are hoping to raise a few million rand,” #OperationSA added.

Beneficiaries will include, amongst others, the Al Imdaad Foundation, Islamic Relief SA, Africa Muslims Agency, Jamiatul Ulama SA and Jamiatul Ulama KZN. A number of smaller charities are also on the list.

#OperationSA is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to reduce human suffering.

“We respond to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and poverty locally and abroad. 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,” said #OperationSA

“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, #OperationSA and our partners can help build a world of opportunities.”

Abramjee and Theba were involved in #OperationHydrate earlier this year which saw millions of liters of water distributed to communities in need.

Theba said: “With the support across the board, we are going to make our mark again and assist those in need. Let’s all work together and assist when and where we can.

“Going forward, we also going to launch a programme to help individuals and charities in need across SA,” he added.

On-line pledges are already being taken for the Syrian relief. Almost R250 000 was pledged within 24 hours.

Pledges for #SAVeSyria can be made on-line:

www.operationsa.org

Banking

AL IMDAAD FOUNDATION

FNB

BR CODE 220325*

ACC No.62102373206

Ref: AIF20819

Aleppo-Zakaat/Lillah/Sadaqah etc.

*Must mention Zakaat, Lillah etc.

Send Proof to info@operationsa.org

ALL DONATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE ABOVE REF NUMBER.

Twitter: @OperationSA1

FB: www.facebook.com/operationsa

Instagram operationsa1

Website: www.operationsa.org

Enquiries:

Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203

Yaseen Theba cell 064 4 000 000

#OperationSA / #Aleppo

Dear Friends

Thank you for taking time to join this group.

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

#Aleppo

We are seeing all the messages on social media about the genocide taking place in #Aleppo

As much as we condemn etc, we also need to be really proactive and see how we can assist in a small way to assist those in need.

Organizations such as Gift of the Givers and Al Imdaad Foundation and doing sterling work. Their humanitarian efforts are commendable. We need to really assist them.

We are urgently looking at a massive joint collection drive “Operation SA” – and we distribute the funds to these organizations.

If we mobilize we can collect a good sum.

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