Yemen Relief 2015 Campaign [REPORT]

Date / Duration : 03 October 2015 to 09 November 2015
TOTAL FUNDS: 105,059.40 ZAR to Gift of Givers Foundation – 42,054.40 ZAR- Zakaah 63,005.00 ZAR- Lillaah

Since March 2015 the people of Yemen have been ravaged by a bloody war between the Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemen’s internationally recognised government. In a country already gripped by hunger, death and starvation stares the Yemeni people in the face everyday. Colours of Hope ran a short but well coordinated project running for the month of October to 09 November 2015. The project 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 at their Spring Garden Tea held in Montgomery Park on 31 October 2015 for the Yemen Relief 2015 Campaign. 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, Johannesburg.

Saving Syria The Sweet Way Cake Sale [REPORT]

Date / Duration : 01 November 2015

In an initiative headed by Helping Hands Loving Hearts, Colours of Hope, together with several forums and organizations donated cakes, snacks sweet and savoury to raise funds for Syria in a cake sale- “Saving Syria the Sweet Way”. This fundraiser was held on 01 November 2015 for Syria relief. The cake sale yielded a total of ZAR 40,000 and was donated to Al Imdaad Foundation for their Syria relief.

Blue Love Campaign [REPORT]

Date / Duration : October 2015

For many mums in South Africa, having a baby is a distressing time. When these disadvantaged mothers do not have enough to eat themselves, how do they bring a little one into a world of poverty? 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.”

Gaza-Malawi Campaign [REPORT]

Date / Duration : 03 March 2015 to 01 July 2015
TOTAL FUNDS: 32,250.00 ZAR to Gift of Givers Foundation – 24,350.00 ZAR – Lillaah
7,900.00 ZAR – Zakaah

Heavy rains affected Malawi causing rivers to overflow, resulting in death and hundreds of thousands displaced. With insufficient resources to deal with the situation, Gift of Givers sought to aid thousands in the Chiradzulu, Thyolo and other districts. The Colours of Hope Gaza-Malawi Campaign ran from March to July 2015. Food items for Malawi were transported by Gift of the Givers (GOTG) to their warehouses for distribution in Malawi. Hundreds of Gazans were forced to leave their homes due to flooding. Due to the insufficient electricity and gas resources, many families resorted to lighting fires and candles to keep warm and for light, causing major fires. Sawaed, partner to Gift of the Givers, responsible for the development of the six floor Woman and Child Care Centre explained the urgency for aid in Gaza. Blankets, warm clothing, food, heating apparatus and building material was the priority for Gaza. Colours of Hope collected funds for this purpose.

Donation to Brick for Gaza Campaign [REPORT]

Date / Duration : October 2014 to February 2015
TOTAL FUNDS: 2,000.00 ZAR to March Ladies

The 2014 massacre in the Gaza strip left over 520,000 people homeless out of a population of 1.8 million. The cost to rebuild will run into hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions. There is a lack of shelter let alone place for a child to play. Colours of Hope donated funds for the Brick for Gaza Campaign. This project by the March Ladies was in aid of building material in Gaza. COH volunteers also assisted the March Ladies in their “Brick for Gaza” Campaign from October 2014 to February 2015 by handing out booklets of tickets to “buy” a brick for ZAR 20.00 per brick.

Project Palestine [REPORT]

Date / Duration : 09 August 2014
TOTAL: 82,800.00 ZAR to Gift of Givers Foundation

Gaza and the West Bank are home to one of history’s longest-running humanitarian crises. Violence and isolation have devastated the economy and social service systems, forcing nearly 50% of the population into poverty. The damage inflicted on Gaza’s power and water infrastructure has led to acute water shortages and no electricity for days. Whatever water is available is not sufficient for basic hygiene and even the drinking water is not of a good quality, making it unsuitable to drink. This war on Gaza has left 2080 people massacred in the strip, 560 of them children, 255 women and 79 aged. More than 12 000 injured and 330 000 children psychologically traumatised. Rising sewage levels combined with a lack of clean water, fuel, and other necessities puts thousands of people in Gaza in serious risk everyday. Schools and businesses have been destroyed while many homes continue to be demolished. The 2014 massacre in the Gaza strip left over 520,000 people homeless out of a population of 1.8 million. With over 200 000 homes destroyed the cost to rebuild will run into hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions.

Colours of Hope launched its second running project on 19 August 2014- Project Palestine. A fund created to remain open for the upliftment of the people in West Bank and Gaza especially, as well as 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 individual volunteers to present the Operation Save Gaza Fundraiser which took place on 28 September 2014 at the Image lIfestyle Venue in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was a 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. Items were auctioned later in the main hall and proved to be fruitful.

Help us help the people of Gaza and the underprivileged in Palestine. Your continued support and donations are valued. Donate now to Project Palestine. Please state whether lillaah or zakaah and project name. For e.g. Pal Lillaah or Pal Zakaah.

To My Sister With Love Campaign [REPORT]

Date / Duration : June 2014

For a woman with little or no toiletries life can be distressing especially during that time of the month. Imagine what this must be like for a woman in packed refugee camp. Imagine her embarrassment having to walk through a crowds of men, women and children in this condition. Colours of Hope assisted a volunteer with a great idea to become the To My Sister With Love Campaign in June 2014. This project was aimed at giving our sisters some dignity in the harsh conditions in refugee camps. Hygiene packs and letters of hope from South African sisters were prepared for female Syrian refugees. COH volunteers made up packs containing sanitary pads, panty liners, soap, roll on deodorant, 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. We hope to continue to make feminine hygiene a necessity that is easily accessible for these women. Donate to our Syria Appeal. Please state whether lillaah or zakaah.

Syria Blanket Drive [REPORT]

Date / Duration : 28 January 2014 to 25 February 2014
TOTAL: 40 000 ZAR to Gift of Givers Foundation

Prompted by harsh weather conditions, the Colours of Hope Syria Blanket Drive aimed at providing blankets to keep warm as Syrians faced hypothermia after Storm Alexa hit the areas in the Middle East. This was our second project. The project proved to be successful with our Umhlanga (KZN) volunteer bringing in majority of excellent quality blankets. The Gift of Givers Foundation was to deliver the blankets along with other items in filled containers to Idlib in Syria. The Syrian war has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. The world has witnessed this tragedy for years now, and stood by. The Syrian people are in desperate need of every conceivable type of aid. According to the U.N, it will take $7.7 billion to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable Syrians in 2016. More than a million injured and over 12 million displaced. Our project “Syria Appeal” is a running project. There will be several other projects for Syria in future as the need for aid is great since there is no end in sight to this war.

Syria Stationery Drive [REPORT]

Date / Duration : 22 October 2013 to 25 February 2014

Our aim was to give many Syrian children a chance to learn albeit in difficult situations. COH Graphic designer, who also happens to be one of the directors of COH, 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 South Africa to do a stationery run for Syria and it was a tremendous success.