Foundation feeds needy in Salt River and Woodstock

Abbass Foundation chairman Shamiel Abbass

A newly established non-profit company is feeding the needy in Salt River and Woodstock.

The Abbass Foundation, run by chairman Shamiel Abbass, works with the Salt River-based Ihsan Family Home (IFH), preparing meals at that non-profit’s Salt River Market premises.

“Whenever we start any feeding scheme, it’s important to acknowledge the needs of our community and work with a plan,” Mr Abbass said.

Last year, during a hard lockdown, he ran a feeding scheme with a local mosque (“Feeding the needy continues,” Southern Suburbs Tatler, April 9, 2020).

According to Mr Abbass, volunteers prepare close to 800 halaal meals daily from Tuesday to Thursday and distribute them from Tuesday to Friday at the old Woodstock Hospital and at homeless camps around Pine Road, Wright Road and the Woodstock Town Hall.

The organisation relies on food and financial support from businesses, other non-profits and private donors.

IFH committee member Ruwayda Jabaar said it felt good working with the foundation to help the needy during tough times. And those they were helping had shown their appreciation by “sharing their prayers for us,” she said.

Mr Abbass said he would like the foundation to grow to help in other areas, such as supporting the unemployed, single mothers and the youth.

Call or WhatsApp Mr Abbass at 067 631 8549 for more information.

Preparing meals, from left, are Tauriq Ismail, Abdu-Daiyaan Mohamed, Shamiel Abbass, Abieda Abrahams, Ruwayda Jabaar, Muneera Rehman and Gadija Abrahams.