Non-profit does Ramadaan clothing drive for children

I Deserve It director Gouwa Fredericks

A Kenilworth non-profit is running a clothing drive during Ramadaan so that underprivileged children can dress up to celebrate Eid.

“Underprivileged kids like any other child have the desire to look and feel beautiful after having fasted for the month,” says Amiena Pastor, the director of I Deserve It.

Their head office in Rosmead Avnue now resembles a boutique, she says, adding that orphanages and madressas are invited to visit.

“Girls are pampered with gifts and get to look and choose the clothes, and we ensure that the clothing for boys gets sent directly to the orphanages,” she said.

“The highlight of Eid is the best food, family time, and, of course, your outfit! Families rich or poor all wish for the same thing – a beautiful, peaceful special day. The desired outcome of the day is for children to look and feel amazing and create memories that they will talk about for years to come.”

I Deserve It is appealing for donations of used clothing that will be suitable for Eid. “We request clothing to be clean, either flat-packed or on a hanger as we do not have the capacity to sort, and our time frame is short. We appeal also for small gifts and sweet treats to make party packets.”

Donations of accessories, such as jewellery, handbags, shoes and bags, are also welcome.

I Deserve It will hold a small business Eid shopping festival at Wittebome civic centre, on Saturday April 30.

Clothing will be available at their premises, at 77 Rosmead Avenue, on Saturday April 16, Saturday April 23, Wednesday April 27 and Saturday April 30. Call of WhatsApp 065 919 9097 or 065 820 4963 to support the clothing drive or visit ideserveit.org.za for more information.

Working on the accessories, from left, are Ielyaas Kabley, Shamielah Abraham and Charlize Pienaar.
Some of the clothing collected so far.