The drought in 2015 / 2016 took its toll in South Africa. COH among many other charity organisations began assisting. Rising to the occasion, the Water Assist Campaign 2015 was launched in order to assist Gift of Givers with water bottles for distribution in Zululand and Kokstad. It was during this time that COH liased with Salaamedia regarding the water crisis.

COH ran the Water Assist Campaign from 08 January 2016 to 24 February 2015 where a number of schools participated in the collection of 5 and 10 litre water bottles. Schools such as UJ Metropolitan Academy, Saxonwold Primary, Starschool Academy in Braamfontein, Nizamiye Midrand, Suffah Learning Institute, were amongst those in Johannesburg. Newcastle’s Lennoxton Primary and Islamic College Newcastle alone also worked hard in donating almost 2,000 litres collectively. A big thank you to Arshad Osman, CEO of Arctic Amanzi in Pietermaritzburg who made the purchase of 5 litre water bottles at a very reasonable price if donated to the Drought Relief with free delivery to the Gift of Givers Warehouse in Pietermaritzburg. 6,420 litres were purchased from Arctic Amanzi and delivered to Gift of Givers Warehouse in Pietermaritzburg.

Funds were raised and donated to Salaamedia’s Borehole Project, viz Maokeng Primary School, Modimolle in Limpopo Province.

TOTAL FUNDS: 40,000.00 ZAR to Salaamedia (Borehole Project)

TOTAL WATER: 25,550 litres to Gift Of Givers

While the Yemen Relief 2015 Campaign ran (during October 2015), COH assisted the “Blue Love Campaign” for Baobab Baby. Baby clothes and items were collected in just about two weeks. The response was huge. Good quality items were donated by hundreds of people. Co-ordinator of Blue Love, Sumayah Khan was very appreciative. Founder of Baobab Baby, Shelley Mackie, had this to “I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your amazing donations. I am overwhelmed and truly in awe. If there are other amazing ladies that have donated not on the group please let me know so I can thank them too. You have all touched my heart in a very big way.”

Yemen was the object of COH’s fourth priority project. A short but well coordinated project running for the month of October to 09 November 2015 saw several people respond to the Yemen Relief 2015 Campaign with winter wear and various food items especially baby formula for the malnourished babies in the impoverished Arab state. Apart from Colours of Hope ladies and volunteers making efforts to raise funds, the ladies of Roosevelt and Montgomery Park lent a huge helping hand in raising funds for the Yemen Relief 2015 Campaign.

TOTAL FUNDS: 105,059.40 ZAR to Gift of Givers

42,054.40 ZAR- Zakaah

63,005.00 ZAR- Lillaah

22 November 2015 was the first step to see everyone’s hard work come to fruition. COH team helped in packing the containers ready for Yemen at the Gift of Givers Logistic Centre in Bramley View.

The third priority project of COH was in response to the floods in Malawi as well as the winter in Gaza. The Gaza-Malawi Campaign ran from March to July 2015. Food items for Malawi and cash for Gaza were collected.

TOTAL FUNDS: 32,250.00 ZAR to Gift of Givers

24,350.00 ZAR- Lillaah

7,900.00 ZAR- Zakaah

COH volunteers also assisted the March Ladies in their “Brick for Gaza” Campaign from October 2014  to February 2015

Colours of Hope launched its second priority project on 19 August 2014: Project Palestine. A fund created to remain open for the upliftment of the Gazan people and surrounding areas in Palestine.  A donation was made to the Save Gaza Project founded by Dr. Basel Abu Warda from Gaza, for providing wheelchairs to the al-Shams school for the disabled.

COH collaborated with individuals to present the Operation Save Gaza Fundraiser which took place on 28 September 2014 at the Image lIfestyle Venue. It was day of remembering the struggle of the Palestinian people with appearances and speeches made by Dr. Tamer al-Massri (media & cultural officer for the Palestinian Embassy in SA), Nabeela Ismail of the Media Review Network, to name but a few.

TOTAL: 82,800.00 ZAR to Gift of Givers

ASSISTED in the “To My Sister With Love Campaign” in June 2014 where hygiene packs and letters of hope were prepared for female Syrian refugees. COH volunteers made up packs containing sanitary pads, panty liners, soap, roll on deoderant, moisturizer, hair brush, tooth brush, tooth paste, face cloth and a pair of socks. A letter of hope and love was enclosed in each of these bags.

The second project was the Syria Blanket Drive in January 2014. This was prompted by circumstance and was not planned in advance as the previous project. The circumstance being harsh weather conditions as Syrians faced hypothermia after Storm Alexa hit the areas in the Middle East. The campaign proved to be successful Alhamdoulillah with our Umhlanga volunteer bringing in majority of good quality blankets. Gift of Givers would deliver the blankets along with other items in filled containers.

TOTAL: 40 000 ZAR to Gift of Givers

The first project of COH was the Syria Stationery Drive that launched on 22 October 2013. COH member and Graphic designer Rashaad Sallie designed an eye catching logo and thus began the work of facilitating drop off points for the stationery. More than 60 drop offs were facilitated and brand new stationery began pouring in. Various schools participated in this initiative and generous donations were made by companies like Statesman Stationers, Fine Cash and Carry Newcastle and Favourite Stationers Newcastle. COH was the first organisation in SA to do a stationery run for Syria and Alhamdulillah it was a tremendous success.