Projects

Al Waagah hosted these projects:

Past Projects

  • “Creative Hands” sewing and other creative hand work for skills development
  • Computer classes
  • Jumu’ah (Service Provision)
  • Learners Driver’s License Classes (Empowering Classes)
  • Mosaic Art classes

Current projects

  • Madrassah
  • Ironing
  • Sewing alterations
  • Religous orientation “Wittebome”

Madrassah

We have a successful Madrassah for the Deaf Muslim community in the greater Cape Town operating at the International Peace University of South Africa campus on the Habibia Orphanage complex. The Madrasah has a regular attendee tally of ± 150 students.

History of the Madrassah
At the begining we operated from a small complex and hosted Madrassah for the first time for Deaf Muslims. We had an attendance of 10 Deaf members and a few committed community workers.
Madrassah classes were moved to the St. Athens Road Mosque Madrassah complex on Sunday mornings between 10h00 and 12h00.

The classes Were divided into four groups in one huge room adults, youth and toddlers which made it virtually impossible to be constructive.
There is a regular attendee tally of ± 150 students.

We however had to occasionally relocate or cancel classes whenever the mosque has functions or when the premises are hired out for a function.

The move to  the International Peace University of South Africa campus operating on the Habibia Orphanage complex happened on the 4th September 2005 and came about due to the grouth of our membership. Algamdulillah utilising four classrooms afforded Al-Waagah to function like real school. Each teacher had their own classroom to give maximum focus on the teaching of Islam to the learners.

  • Sustainable income project
  • Ironning
  • Sewing alterations
  • Wittebome

Twice quarterly Al Waagah members host Islamic orientated programs for the Muslim learners at
the Dominican school for Deaf children. If the Muslim children are not catered for, then they have to attend the church services. Muslim Deaf children have been attending church services at the school for over 60 years. With limited resources Al-Waagah renders a unique service to the Deaf Muslim community of this era, Algamdulillah. Still not enough is done.

Sign Language Classes

“Communication With Compassion” was established in 1998. These classes are targeting the Hearing family members of the Deaf and people who are interested in learning Sign Language and gain a better understanding of the Deaf language and culture. We are also looking at training professionals in order for the Deaf to get educated from the domain experts.

Burial Society

In conjunction with Jamiah Tut Taliebeen a Muslim burial society in Mitchell’s Plain we have enrolled  some of our Deaf members with them.

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