Foundation donates N148 million worth of Zakat to the physically challenged
Foundation Excecutive Director, Prince Sulayman Olagunju (Left), handing over some writing/typing/reading equipment to some visually impaired beneficiaries on the occasion.
Lagos, Nigeria. Nov. 30, 2017 (AltAfrika)-An Islamic Charity Organisation, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) on has disbursed about N148 million to beneficiaries in Lagos, Nigeria, saying, Government alone cannot cater for all the needs of the citizenry.
The occasion was the 13th Zakat Distribution Ceremony (ZDC), where 494 beneficiaries went home with cash, empowerment tools, educational equipment and cheques for hospital bills among other economically beneficial items.
The executive Director of the Foundation, Prince Sulayman Olagunju, who spelt out the sectorial analysis of the disbursement informed that, “the sum of N45, 203,000 is distributed for economic empowerment purposes.”
Speaking further, the Fundation boss disclosed that, “beneficiaries with health related challenges are given a total sum of N31,062,300 while educational assistance to students stands at N11,170,365, with N11,488,740 is assigned for welfare support.”
According to him, the area of coverage also includes fund and equipment for advancement of small scale industries, renovation of health, educational and religious facilities as well as community development projects like free water scheme, payment of house rents and stipends to senior citizen in various communities.
In all, empowerment takes 42 per cent of the disbursement; Education – 10 per cent, Medical – 29 per cent, Welfare – 10 per cent and nine per cent for others.
Olagunju, who disclosed that, the Foundation’s efforts at alleviating hardship and reduce poverty in the society is in line with the third pillar of Islam which enjoins taking from the rich for the poor as a means of redistribution of wealth within the community.
By doing this, Olagunju stated, “everybody would be well engaged to become financially comfortable and economically self-reliant and thus reduce crime tendency among the citizenry.”
While appealing to well to do individuals, corporate bodies and social/religious associations to donate generously to the Foundation for onward delivery to the target recipients, Olagunju also charged the beneficiaries to make effective use of their allocations for the purpose they are meant for.
He thereafter thanked the constant donors to the Foundation’s project for their relentless efforts at seeing the project succeed just as he appeal to others to emulate them with a view to making the society a better place for all and sundry.
Among the tools/equipment distributed are tricycles, motor bike, printing equipment, computer components, grinding machines, barbing/hair dressing tools, welders’ equipment and brail machines and books for the blind.