The bees were abuzz on the 17th of October 2019 on Lilian Ngoyi Street at the launch of the BEES School of Baking, a new branch of the Al Fidaa School of Baking. The school is the second of its nature that was born during an informal meeting at the Port Elizabeth Airport, between its founder and director, Mr Nazir Munshie, and CEO of Al Baraka Bank and director of SAMCT, Mr Shabeer Chohan.
From its humble birth to the opening of its first school on the 3rd October 2017, the Al Fidaa School of Baking has gone on to train over 90 candidates in Port Elizabeth, and this was only the beginning. When Al Fidaa wanted to open a school of baking in Gauteng, they invited a number of Women’s Organisations to procure the initiative. The F.E.E.D Foundation, who are committed to the empowerment of individuals, were at the forefront of initiating a project in Johannesburg.
The idea of “BAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”, resonated with the F.E.E.D objectives of educating and empowering individuals. Plans are underway to open up six more schools next year. The school offers a free baking course to the underprivileged to teach them baking and decorating skills, allowing them the opportunity to create with confidence. Students will be enabled to earn an income through these skills and may be able to create employment for others.
The launch began with a beautiful recitation by Shaykh Sayed Ibrahim. One of the verses chosen by the shaykh was Al Asr, which is so profound in its beauty and simplicity and so appropriate for this particular gathering: “By the token of time, verily man is in loss, except such as have faith and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual teaching of truth, patience and constancy.”
The team at BEES School of Baking extended their gratitude for the assistance of all those involved in making this dream a reality. Their special thanks went out to The Vaal Ladies Forum, Benoni Ladies Forum, Caring Women’s Forum, AWQAF SA, and Adam Munshie from Al Fidaa, who flew in from Port Elizabeth six weeks ago to assist with sourcing equipment and facilitating the setup.
F.E.E.D has committed funds in excess of R1.5million to BEES School of Baking thus far, together with The South African Muslim Charitable Trust who donated an additional R750 000.00 to the school for building and equipment costs. A heartfelt thanks was given to SAMCT at the launch event, it was through their donation and with their confidence in this project, as well as the facility on Lilian Ngoyi Street, which was provided by F.E.E.D, that the BEES School of Baking became possible.
Individuals can get involved by:
1. Sponsoring a student for the four-week course (R6 500)
2. Sponsoring taxi fare for a student for the duration of the course (R 700.00)
3. Sponsoring ingredients or contribute towards monthly overheads
4. Sponsoring a starter kit so graduates can start baking from home immediately to earn and income (R2 200.00 for essential equipment, R 700.00 for ingredients)
5. Donating or sponsoring essential monthly ingredients, for a list of these contact the persons mentioned below.
For further information please contact:
Contact number 082 786 4466
Or Dr Zaheda Adam
Contact number: 073 574 2457