For our last direct food donation for the year, AAAKEE gave away R17,998.00 worth of goods to the Jumma Musjid & Educational Institute on 12 November 2011. Again, we thank our generous donors that donated via their associated socio-development programmes.
Written by Yaqoob Mola, the following article with the same title appeared in the Fordsburg/Mayfair Rising Sun on 17 November 2011:
Abused and Abandoned Kids Educational Excursions (AAAKEE) brought joy to the children of the Jumma Musjid & Educational Institute last Saturday when they donated food and groceries.
Luiz De Gouveia Director at AAAKEE a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation, said: “Apart from our goal of treating children of the homes we support on a regular basis with tours and excursions, we always need to provide general necessities, like food, clothing and other groceries to them.”
“It is always such a joy to see a smile on the children’s faces when they receive these kinds of donations – we thank our various sponsors for making them possible.”
The Westbury Centre is run by Kajjee Lufee Abrahams and is involved in catering fro normal Muslim needs, as well as education and training for its youth. Hajjee Abrahams and the house mothers were delighted when they received the donations.
The organisation also raises funds to supply homes and schools with other requirements, such as stationery and uniforms. These projects are run on a seasonal basis.
AAAKEE was founded in 2004 and has been supporting various homes accross Gauteng – namely, St Mary’s, Catherine Robson, Firlands, Lerato Children’s Home and Ithembelihle Lsen School for the disabled.
Director Mahlape Maphalla said: “We receive no funding or aid from the government, relying soley on the generosity of private companies via their corporate social investment divisions, as well as donations from private individuals.”
This body has, since its inception, taken children from its supported homes on various excursions and outings, visiting popular South African destinations and landmarks. Some of these destinations include the Apartheid Museum, Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg Zoo, Lanseria Lion Park, and the ATKV Illovo Beach.
They are planning, as part of their Christmas Fund, a party for the St Mary’s Children’s Home and Uitkoms School for Girls on 3 December at the Nelson Mandela Square.
Those interested in helping may contact Odin Middleton on 011 614 1247 or visit www.aaa-kee.co.za.
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