Help for Syrians warmly received
OperationSA founder Yusuf Abramjee returned from his trip to Syria at the weekend with an enhanced appreciation for South Africans’ levels of generosity.
OperationSA is a non-profit organisation that seeks to reduce human suffering, and Abramjee said it had now distributed R9.7 million to seven charities on the ground in Syria which do humanitarian work with refugees.
Abramjee conceded he had not expected so much money to be donated when they started their organisation, calling the response phenomenal.
“It shows the South African spirit of ubuntu in action. It shows that we as South Africans do care, even for people thousands of kilometres away.
“People think it’s only Muslims donating but many of the donors are non-Muslims. They are people from all communities of South Africa because when people are suffering, irrespective of their nationality or religion, South Africans have always had a soft spot for people,” Abramjee said.
He added that because of the continued support, the organisation would be keeping its pledge lines open for a few more days, and was in the process of setting up a volunteer group of professionals who would go to Syria to assist refugees.
“We are looking at doctors, psychologists and teachers to go there and spend a few days, whether at a trauma centre or a hospital. We’ve had a lot of requests from South Africans who want to go and volunteer, and we will have a registration process over the next few weeks.”