Assisting local communities
The Adamjee Foundation, launched in 2015 by the Adamjee family, is underpinned by values of compassion, social conscience and generosity. The family-owned Adamjee Group houses a range of businesses that span across construction, education, security and hospitality, but is driven by Islamic principles of sharing blessings to uplift the community.
The Foundation assists communities in Linbro Park, Alexandra, Marlboro and Klipfonteinview. Several senior members of the Adamjee family were born in Alexandra and have a strong connection to the area. Foundation members are active citizens and have built beneficial relationships with the respective ward councillors so that they’re aware of each community’s exact needs and challenges.
The Adamjee Foundation aims to address various social issues through proactive and reactive measures.
The Adamjee Foundation has established an academic program to provide deserving applicants with financial support to pursue school and tertiary education. Mentorship and holistic development are a pivotal part of the program. The Foundation hosts seminars for wellness, self-development and job preparedness. The academic program has supported many applicants through the years of their academic careers.
The Foundation supports two established schools in the Alexandra area; Realogile High School and Iphutheng Primary School.
The long-standing relationship with Realogile High School’s principal culminated in the Foundation building the school’s first library in 2016. The space provides students with a quiet, well-resourced area to study and conduct research. Two librarians were hired to maintain the library and assist students with their knowledge needs. Internet, laptops and a printer were also installed to further support student learning within the library.
The partnership with Iphutheng Primary School was initiated in 2018; like Realogile, Iphutheng also needed a library. The school had been using an old shipping container instead, and in 2019, the Foundation built a spacious library with books, reading nooks and study corners. Two librarians were appointed to assist the school in running the library and seeing to the pupil’s needs. Like Realogile, the Foundation sponsored a printer and internet as well.
What began as a modest weekly distribution of 100 loaves of bread to the elderly at Tshebedisano Community Centre in Alexandra, grew to approximately 20 000 loaves of bread distributed monthly. The Foundation has eight drop off points and seven distribution points in surrounding underserved areas extending well beyond the Alexandra township.
Launched in August 2017, the Adamjee Foundation hamper project aimed to provide essential grocery items to deserving, underserved individuals around Johannesburg. This program has grown exponentially since, and funds hampers distributed in Durban as well.
The development of the Skills Academy began in January 2021. The Academy aims to help young males to turn their lives and mindsets towards a more positively focused future. The Academy offers a carpentry program, along with a curriculum to nurture the student’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
The Helper’s Centre, based in Alexandra, feeds 200 people every week day from Monday to Friday. The centre is home to Mary Hoffman, who generously offers her time, energy and space to lead and manage the project. The Foundation endeavors to develop the centre into a safe haven for those who need a listening ear or alternative assistance.
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