Marlboro Women’s Forum Annual Bake Sale

“When women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.”

This quote by Phylicia Rashad is not only an incredibly powerful statement, it also pays homage to the countless women out there making a difference, in their own special way, every single day.
One such group of incredible women are the Marlboro Women’s Forum.
The MWF is an NGO that has been operational for over 20 years.
Amongst their ongoing projects are their feeding scheme, weekly sandwich delivery to the Alexandra clinic, assisting victims of abuse and working together with disaster management to assist fire and flood victims.

The MWF work closely with other organisations in the North, such as Baitun Khair, The Two Lights Foundation and The South African National Women’s Forum, with their projects as well.
I spent a delightful Saturday morning with this group of energetic and remarkable women at their Bake sale for Syria. The ladies managed to raise R 30 000 which will be used to build shelters for the Syrian refugees.
Well done to all the ladies at MWF, may Allah reward you abundantly for the good work you are doing both locally and abroad.
For more information contact Hasina Bhana 072 363 9571

Colours of Hope Trades Treats for Charity

While the foundation of every charity organisation is built on goodwill and noble intentions, it is ultimately funding that turns these virtuous aspirations into tangible contributions.

Colours of Hope is a humanitarian aid agency that was started by twin sisters Sa’uda and Kaashifa Asmal, who run divisions of Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat (Islamic tuition institution) in Newcastle and Johannesburg. What began as a yearly distribution of Quraans for the needy in 2009, swiftly developed into a fully-fledged philanthropic establishment.

The NPO responds to the needs of the less fortunate and tries to make a difference spiritually, morally, financially and physically. “It is our mission to make life a little better for those in need by doing the best we can, turning hope into reality,” they say.

Most recently, Colours of Hope held a bake sale to collect funds that will serve their many charitable initiatives. These projects run concurrently throughout the year and include: #MyRohingya, the Gaza Water Project, Gift-a-Quraan, Syria Medi-Campaign, Project Palestine and the Colours of Hope Baby Project.

After two weeks of planning and advertising, the fundraiser took place on Saturday, 2 March 2019, at Solly’s Corner (a takeaway café) in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. Service time was between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm, where patrons and passersby purchased delicious baked goods, sweets, savouries and confections, all in the name of charity.

The directors and volunteers of Colours of Hope organisation put in time and effort to ensure the success of the campaign and were able to raise R13 000. Other kind sponsors included Upper Crust Bakery in Lenasia, volunteer Fatima Abraham and Nasima Nalla of the Crosby Ladies Forum.

The proceeds will be used to advance the organisation’s many running projects, as and when needed. These include the Colours of Hope Baby Project, which provide hampers to underprivileged South African mothers-to-be, as well as the establishment of a water well at Yarmouk Primary school in Gaza City.

The #MyRohingya campaign sees Colours of Hope partner with fellow NPO, Lonely Orphans in Bangladesh, whereby sponsors can donate as little as R50 monthly for a year, to feed a family with a supply of rice, lentils, oil and spices.

The Asmal sisters inspire us as they positively impact desolate communities from South Africa to the Middle East. Colours of Hope demonstrate that everything great starts small. 

To assist or donate, please contact Sa’uda Asmal (CEO) or Kaashifa Asmal/Jamal (Chairperson) on 082 886 4604/079 498 3479 or email

Islamic Relief ‘Bakes the World a Better Place’ with Fundraiser for Yemen

A country shattered by the repercussions of a civil war, Yemen is one of the poorest nations in the Middle East. Thousands of civilians have lost their lives in the war, tens of thousands more have incurred severe injuries, and millions are left in desperate need of humanitarian aid, medical treatment and food. According to the BBC, 8. 4 million people are at a risk of starvation, with young children at the highest risk of malnutrition and mortality. 

Islamic Relief SA brought attention to the calamities faced by the everyday Yemeni, by holding a drive to raise funds for the imperilled nation.  The ‘Bake the world a better place’ project took place on 24 November 2018 in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. This community fundraiser had local Samaritans get out their sugar and spatulas in aid of the cause. Well-loved neighbourhood café, Solly’s Corner in Lilian Ngoyi Street availed their premises for the event which began after 10 am. 

A score of big-hearted volunteers offered to put up their finest creations for sale, with all proceeds going towards assisting orphans in Yemen. The event placed emphasis on the tagline #YEMENCANTWAIT as World Digest estimates that 85 000 children have already died of starvation. This famine-ridden country deserves far more media attention and everyone is encouraged to also adopt this hashtag.

Islamic Relief SA was touched by the number of bakers who approached them to sponsor different type of cakes and baked goods. Their willingness to give back to humanity is a step in the right direction. They were also awed by the generosity of all those who made donations in cash or kind towards the project. “May Allah bless them all.”

A total amount of R21 000 was raised which will be used to attain medical supplies, food and shelter for destitute Yemenis. Islamic Relief also hopes to contribute towards giving them better standards of living – Insha-Allah. The current accelerating cholera outbreak has seen up to 10 000 new cases being reported per week.

May the heartfelt gestures of South African welfare organisations, sponsors and volunteers (such as these) provide a ray of hope to the Yemeni people, who are afflicted by abysmal circumstances over 5 800km away.

For more information on the cause, contact Zaheer Rajah on 067 057 4803 or email