#TheCrew was fortunate to be invited to join Nadia Ebrahim and her family who hosted an Iftaar for orphaned children. Nadia and her family hosted some amazing children for the afternoon, prepared a beautiful meal, then surprised them with gift package. The afternoon activities included interactive story telling, cupcake making, play dough and colouring in.
When asked about how this event got started, Nadia spoke with such passion and had the following to say:
I have been a volunteer at Islamic Relief South Africa for about 4 years, and my family and I had assisted the NGO to organise and cater at their orphans iftaar for a few years. About 3 years ago, my family and I made the decision to host the orphans iftaar as a family unit, and raise our own funding. In our first year of having the iftaar, my sister Shanaaz and I created a group on whatsapp and included all our aunts, uncles and cousins to the group. We informed the family of our plan of action – to have a fun afternoon of activities followed by iftaar for the kids, and to sponsor each child with a goodie bag of basic supplies (eg. toiletries and stationery for the 1st year). It was also at our very 1st iftaar that I got to meet Aunty Fatima and her kids from the Manenberg safe house. Our family members contributed financially and also by giving of their time to assist in the planning and execution of the event shukr Alhamdulillah. Last year (our 2nd year), from the funds we raised, we managed to buy each child a tracksuit and basic toiletry supplies. This year, with the support once again of our family and dear friends (including the LU4C fraternity), we were able to provide goodie bags to not 1, but 2 safe houses at this years iftaar shukr Alhamdulillah. Over the past 3 years, we have hosted Aunty Fatima and the kids from the safe house. Shukr Alhamdulillah, today we had the opportunity to meet and host the kids from another safe house from Mitchells Plain.
With our lives always being so busy with work, studies and social events, I always feel that this annual orphans iftaar is always a great way to get the family together and get them involved in their own small way. It is a great way for our own family members to interact and spend time with the kids, as the kids do not always get that love and affection that they crave. But most importantly, as a family, we appreciate how blessed we are to have good family support, and all life’s small pleasures like warm food, clothes to wear and a roof over our head!
As a family, Our aim is not to gain any name or fame. We want to help brighten up the lives of these children who don’t get the family support, love and affection that they crave. For me, the one greatest thing that inspires me most to make a difference, is to see others smiling and happy! Even if it is just for that single moment. And tonight was no different. To see all the kids smiling and happy, subhanallah, for me that was magical!!
May Allah continue to reward and bless each and every person in the world who is trying to make a positive change in the lives of those people who need it most. There are times when times are tough, and we just want to throw in the towel, and walk away from it all. But if we only put all our trust in the Almighty, and leave all our affairs to Him alone, then anything is possible!
Anybody wanting to get involved with this amazing family is welcome to contact Nadia on:
Tel: +27 (0) 82 788 4239