Big-hearted teenager raises R81?600 for Edendale’s underprivileged kids

2011-07-12 00:00

A TEENAGER who moved to Saudi Arabia from South Africa has raised more than R80 000, which has fed over 450 underprivileged children in Edendale in Pietermaritzburg.

Fourteen-year-old Tameema Jacobs worked with the Greater Edendale Muslim Society (Gems), an NGO that aims to assist the community of Edendale through Islamic teachings.

The founder of Gems, Dr Ghamiet Aysen, said that while he was an engineer with the Health Department he realised that many parents had nowhere to leave their children.

He started with a crèche, and now, years later, he has 14 institutions for two- to six-year-olds, teaching a total of 445 children in Edendale.

Tameema’s parents and siblings flew with her to South Africa so that she could personally distribute groceries.

Gems administrator Farhana Gannie said Tameema had to choose a school project that was dear to her heart.

“That is when she started asking her family and friends for donations and within the period of two months, she raised R81 601,” she told The Witness.

Tameema handed the money to Gems and the organisation bought grocery hampers each worth R202.

Every child received a sweet parcel as well.

Tameema is enjoying herself with her family in Johannesburg before they fly back to Saudi Arabia.

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