Gift of the Givers
Gift of the Givers Foundation, also known as the Waqful Waqifin Foundation of South Africa, is a South African Non-governmental organization started by Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman in 1992. It is the largest disaster relief group of African origin. Gift of the givers has worked in many countries around the world, including Bosnia, Pakistan, Somalia, Haiti and Zimbabwe. During the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake the organisation sent four rescue teams and aid materials to the country. They were at one point in 2011 the only international aid group providing food aid to Somalia, airlifting 180 tons and shipping 2000 tons of aid.
Honours and accolades
South African medics and volunteers have been assisting people during the civil war in Syria. Unrest in the area has been the cause of South Africans fleeing and being injured, some to the point of death.
Victims of flooding in the Karonga region of Malawi have been given aid in the form of food. The Gift of the Givers organization was the first non-governmental organization to offer help to the region.
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