Penny Appeal increase feeding efforts in Ramadhaan

For most, the month of Ramadhaan is a time of brotherhood, unity and sacrifice. It is a time of equality before Allah as we all, rich and poor alike, fast for the same purpose, to attain closeness to our Maker and for spiritual reform.
For the selfless heroes at pennyappealsa, Ramadhaan is a time to increase their efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty. Apart from the hot meals or food packs provided to fasting and non-fasting families, they continue with an array of projects aimed at alleviating the suffering of those less fortunate. These projects are run both in and out of ramadhaan and include the Thirst Relief Campaign, the Mobile Medical bus and various others.
One such campaign is the Feed our World Project which provides vulnerable families with vital sources of nutrition in various forms. The team recently visited Molweni in Kwa-Zulu Natal and provided food hampers and maizemeal that will sustain each household for roughly two months. This is but one example of the efforts being made by the team to fight hunger in South Africa and though the lockdown has shone a spotlight on the hunger facing this country, the team will continue to fight this struggle long after too.
For more information on the various projects and how you can help contact 081 407 2753 or


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Penny Appeal One Day In The Haram Screening Fundraiser

@pennyappealsa had their screening of “One Day in the Haram” in Johannesburg yesterday afternoon.
The nationwide screenings aim to raise funds for two worthy @pennyappealsa projects, the one being operational costs for the mobile medical bus. The medical bus is split into three areas, primary, optometry and dentistry. This amazing clinic on wheels travels to rural areas in the Cape providing much needed healthcare to school going children from underprivileged areas with no access to such facilities. In one visit a child can get fillings in their teeth and spectacles should they require. The other project funds are being raised for, is the expansion of the Image Radiology and Neonatal Units of the Al Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem.
The docomentary provided rare footage of the inner workings of the Haram In Makkah, that houses the Majestic Kaaba.
Well done to @pennyappealsa for bringing this highly insightful movie to our local screens and raising much needed funds for these two worthy causes.

Running for breakfast

Penny Appeal SA embarked on a fundraising challenge to raise money for The Breakfast Club, a Penny Appeal SA Project. The Breakfast Club focuses on providing nutritious breakfast meals to under resourced schools, or to children who are facing food insecurity at home. This has been an on-going project of Penny Appeal SA, which has ensured hundreds of children have nutritious breakfast meals.

The run took place on the morning of 13th of October 2019 in Durban. The starting point was at Blue Lagoon and snaked through the city for 10km’s until it reached the end point at Suncoast Entertainment World.
Whilst some individuals contributed to race participants fundraising efforts with crowdfunding, others accepted the challenge to join the FNB Run Durban 10km race. A group of 21 individuals ran for change with Penny Appeal SA in aid of the Breakfast Club.

Saeeda Khan stood out in the volunteer group (named Team Orange) as she raised a staggering R20 000 (the highest amount raised) towards The Breakfast Club due to her dedication to the drive.
Approximately R 77 000.00 was raised by the 19 participants. R100 gives a child a breakfast for a month, which means that more children can be fed and more schools who need it the most can be approached.

“The Breakfast Club is a project where we try and bring nutritious breakfasts to schools where the children do not have the means to have a healthy meal in the morning due to poverty. Penny Appeal SA is trying to help children receive the best possible education by providing breakfasts to keep them healthy, strong and focused each day,” says Shahnaaz Paruk, the Penny Appeal SA CEO.

If you would like to volunteer to collect donations to one of their projects, go to their website and fill out the form or contact:
Penny Appeal South Africa
Contact number 031 110 0573

Schools in Limpopo Receive Mobile Desks Thanks to Penny Appeal and the TutuDesk Campaign

While children have a natural curiosity and an avidity for gaining knowledge, by giving them the right tools and the best possible learning environment, these will only serve to elevate their education even further.

Humanitarian and welfare organisation, Penny Appeal SA, has established the ‘Education First’ project which aims to give underprivileged learners the means and implements to supplement their studies. The noble campaign is aimed at supplying access to quality education, stationery, school bags, shoes and mobile desks to specifically identified schools which have very limited resources.

During September 2018, Penny Appeal partnered with the Desmond Tutu ‘TutuDesk’ Campaign in order to provide mobile desks to impoverished schools in the Limpopo province. 2000 Desks were distributed across five schools in three localities between 5-6 September 2018.

The deserving schools were selected as recipients as they do not have access to school supplies such as stationery, desks, chairs, etc. Most of the attending students come from destitute backgrounds, and therefore their schools become a central focus of hope and education. On occasion, meals are also provided by the schools.


Through this beneficient donation, the students will wholly benefit from being able to write, read and work on the mobile desks. These ergonomic tables come in handy at schools where there are no available writing surfaces or where desks are badly damaged. The mobile units can also be taken home where learners are encouraged to use them for homework, learning and in some cases, it has been known to be used as a table to eat their meals off – as the child’s home may not even have a table.

Thanks to the kind donation from Penny Appeal SA and the TutuDesk Campaign, these children can now improve their learning experience with proper equipment. Penny Appeal’s ‘Education First’ project envisions providing relevant assistance to disadvantaged schools and students that is sustainable. This valuable sponsorship also marks the beginning of the ‘Education First’ project and it’s an excellent way to start. Changing the lives of these learners is the only appreciation that the organisation requires.

In addition, Penny Appeal SA aims to address sanitation and hygiene issues within the supported schools and plans to provide access to sustainable farming that will benefit the youth and curb poverty in the community. The locations identified are in dire need of sanitation facilities, empowerment projects, and solutions to issues such as poverty.

Until these obstacles are resolved, students can look forward to going to school each day and having a special place for each of them to work on. What is merely a small portable table to the rest of us, is in fact, a symbol of promise, progress and aspiration for these kids.

To find out more about Penny Appeal SA’s upcoming ‘Education First’ and health and sanitation projects, email or call 081 407 2753


Penny Appeal SA Partners with Lumkani to Donate Early-Warning Fire-Detection Systems in Masiphumelele

Every year, townships around the country are devastated by rapid and widespread shack fires, often leading to loss of property and possessions, and sometimes, the tragic demise of precious lives. The combination of strong winds, flammable building materials and densely populated settlements with few access roads make informal communities extremely vulnerable to the spread of uncontrollable fires that are difficult to put out, and often, there isn’t enough time to warn residents and get them out safely.


In order to mitigate damages and prevent loss of life, Penny Appeal South Africa partnered with Lumkani in August 2018 to donate and distribute 100 early-warning devices within Masiphumelele, a township in Cape Town. Lumkani is the name for the compact device that acts as an early-warning system to reduce the destruction caused by the spread of slum fires in urban informal settlements. The ‘fire-detection device’ concept was born from a collaboration between Samuel Ginsberg, a lecturer from the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Cape Town, and his student, Francois Petousis, who came up with a solution to the problem, which they named Lumkani – a solution that would change the lives of thousands of people.

When the risk of a fire arises, the detectors send out an early-warning alarm, networked within a 60-metre radius, which allows people to evacuate their living spaces, and for help to be alerted. This, in turn, allows for the community to become pro-active in ensuring that the risk of injury and loss of life can be averted, belongings can be salvaged and disasters minimised. The collaboration with Lumkani was smoothly implemented, along with the help of the community liaison officer, who provided excellent support in identifying locations and areas where the devices should be installed.

Residents who inhabit the Masiphumelele informal settlement will undisputedly benefit from this intervention, as being signalled as soon as a fire breaks out will allow them to grab their most important belongings, gather loved ones, and immediately evacuate the affected area. 

In addition to Penny Appeal SA’s generous blanket distribution and provision of warm meals during the winter months, this charitable organisation wanted to invest more in the safety and wellbeing of our fellow South African citizens.

We hope to see Lumkani early-warning fire-detection systems allocated across all local townships in future, as this innovative invention could be the answer to saving homes, personal effects and most importantly, lives. 

For more information, please contact Shaheen Sha from Penny Appeal SA on 081 407 2753 or email

To learn more about Lumkani, visit their website