About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 51 million people live in South Africa
23% of the population lives below the poverty line
25% of the population is unemployed
(Source: The World Bank)
Long after the end of apartheid, South Africa remains a country with deep inequalities. According to the latest figures, nearly one-quarter of the country lives below the national poverty line, and the poverty is heavily centered in black communities.
A 2013 report by South Africa’s Statistician General found that only 27% of black children have piped water in their homes, compared to 94% of white children, and only 40% of black babies live in a home with a flush toilet—something nearly all of their white and Indian counterparts have.
Access to education is unequal as well: According to the country’s 2011 census, about one-third of black citizens have completed high school or a higher level of education, compared with three-quarters of whites.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic Relief South Africa opened its office in 2003 to implement and oversee education and health programs that would alleviate suffering due poverty and to help children affected by HIV/AIDS. To learn more about Islamic Relief South Africa’s work, please visit its website, islamic-relief.co.za.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in South Africa:
ONCOLOGY WARD FOR NELSON MANDELA’S CHILDREN HOSPITAL
Islamic Relief donors are helping build an oncology ward to help treat children who have tumors.
ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
Islamic Relief is constructing and furnishing classrooms and other school facilities.
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION