Help SA is the brain child of one family (husband, wife and three kids). Our intention behind this initiative is to please our Creator who has enjoined upon us doing good and forbidding evil.
Help SA is not a “charity” organization, not in the contemporary meaning of the word at least. We believe that giving charity or giving free stuff over and over is the worst thing we can do for our fellow people. It kills their dignity, their self-esteem, their pride in themselves and eventually, void of these noble characteristics, these people become a burden on the whole society rather than being a functional and beneficial part of it.
We believe in empowering people. We believe in helping them to help themselves. We believe in freeing them from “taking” and help them be the “givers.”
And our inspiration in this mission is Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him).
Once a man came to the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him), and asked for help since he had no food to feed his family. Messenger Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) asked him if he had anything worthwhile in his house. He replied with the name of a few household items like a bowl, a blanket etc. Messenger Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) asked him to fetch those. Once he did, Messenger Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) asked people around him if anyone wanted to buy these. A person bought these things (unobtrusively paying a higher than market price).
Messenger Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) used half of that money to buy some flour and instructed the needy person to deliver it to his family so they could prepare food. With the other half of the money he bought the blade of an axe, fashioned a handle for that blade with his blessed hands from a nearby tree and told that needy person to go and cut wood from the forest and sell it and to report back in a week or a fortnight. The needy man came back in the fortnight, happy with his circumstances and enough food and money to sustain his family comfortably.
Such is the intent of our initiative. Although we do distribute food, clothing etc. especially in the face of a disaster or where relief work is needed but our focus is to teach people to fish, not giving them the fish to eat. With this mind-frame, we have started several projects.
We are a self- sustained organization, run completely on volunteer basis. Every penny we may receive in donations is used in the work itself and not a bit is used by Help SA itself, be it admin costs or anything else. So, we need as many helping hands as we can get. Join us if you think you can help us in anyway.