Gift of the Givers is the largest disaster response NGO of African origin on the African continent. Having been established on the instruction of a Sufi Sheik, Muhammed Saffer Effendi al Jerrahi (a spiritual teacher) in Istanbul, Turkey, on a Thursday evening, 6 August 1992, Gift of the Givers has delivered life saving aid in the form of Search and Rescue teams, medical personnel, medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in 43 countries, South Africa included. Commencing as a disaster response agency the organisation now has 21 categories of projects which include bursaries, agricultural self sustainability, water provision, counselling and life skills services, entrepreneurship and job creation, establishment of primary health care clinics and medical support to hospitals, winter warmth and supply of new clothing and shoes, sports development, feeding schemes and food parcel distribution, supply of household and personal hygiene packs, educational support and toy distribution, provision of housing, care of the physically and mentally challenged, orphans and the elderly as some of our diverse activities.
Innovating the world's first and only containerised mobile hospital comprising 28 units, innovating the world's first containerised primary health care unit, innovating the world's first groundnut-soya high energy and protein supplement in the use of severe Malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, TB, Cancer and other debilitating conditions, and establishing Africa's largest Open Source Computer Lab has earned us 125 individual and organisational accolades and awards including 4 Presidential awards. Thus far we have disbursed R2.1 billion in aid to needy individuals and communities in our 25 year history. Our motto is simple: "Best Among People are those who Benefit Mankind" and accordingly we serve ALL people irrespective of race, religion, culture, colour, political affiliation or geographical location, unconditionally.
We actively seek to build bridges between people of different cultures and religions engendering goodwill, harmonious coexistence, tolerance and mutual respect in keeping with the divine injunction:
"O Mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Almighty is (he who is) the most righteous of you." (Sura Hujurat/the Inner Apartments, Chapter 49, Verse 13.)
God Almighty Exists . The large "G" represents Him. He is the
Originator, Protector and Sustainer of ALL Creation. He never sleeps.
It is He Who humbles the mighty, and Who exalts the humble. He is
without place, yet no place is devoid of Him. He is the Greatest Giver
, Giving the Gift of life, sustenance, health, knowledge, intellect,
wisdom and guidance. He is Absolute Mercy, Most Compassionate to ALL
humanity, represented by the little "g". The symbol represents man in
kneeling position with head bowed down and hands outstretched. Man is
in need materially and spiritually. But God Almighty is closer to him
than his own soul; it is man who is far from Him. He grants the
supplication of every supplicant. He is Generous. He does not withhold
His Gifts from the erring. He brings to birth, yet is not born. He
gives to eat, yet does not eat. He has no need of anything, everything
needs Him, yet when man takes one step towards Him, the Supreme Glory
takes ten steps towards man; when man comes walking, He comes running
and when man comes running, He comes flying. This is a Gracious God to
Whom belong the Most Beautiful Attributes.
Gift of the Givers
Foundation are facilitators of Almighty God's Aid (in a metaphorical
sense), distributing it from Him to all of mankind. This is made
possible only by His Grace and Permission. God's Aid is received by the
Foundation through His representatives, namely, sublime human beings
who are imbued with and reflect the Divine Attributes of Mercy,
Kindness, Compassion, Care and Generosity in their behaviour and
personality. These are the Donors, the Givers, the Life Blood of the
organisation Giving the Gift of time, gentle words, material
assistance, financial contributions and intellectual abilities. Their
Generosity permits Gift of the Givers Foundation to serve mankind
selflessly ensuring that the honour, dignity and respect of all
recipients of assistance are strictly guarded without exception.
The Logo symbolises the "Hand" of Almighty God over the hand of man
signifying Positivity and Hope. The Gift of the Givers Foundation and
its Donors strive to be that symbol of Hope, God Willing.