IRSA yesterday [Tuesday, 21 November] handed over the second of 18 boreholes as part of its Water for Life campaign to the community of Sikhwama district in Umbumbulu, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The borehole was drilled at the Sikhwama High School to cater to the needs of learners and surrounding residents.

According to the school principal, Sibusiso Ngidi, the borehole comes as a welcome relief to learners and the community who did not have access to clean, piped water since October 2016.

He has been working closely with Islamic Relief on the project was overwhelmed and excited as the school could now resume its feeding scheme for the learners.

“The borehole is worth billions of Rands to use…the water has brought much sought after relief to the learners. We can now resume the school feeding scheme which was suspended due to the lack of water.”

Wonderful Mshololo, a member of the Vumengazi Tribal Council, conveyed the Chief’s well wishes on the project and thanked donors for their investment in making the borehole project possible.

Meanwhile, Islamic Relief’s Regional Head of Fundraising, Shiraz Ismail, said: “a fresh supply of drinking water will enhance learner capacity and reduce the risks of disease outbreaks.”

“The residents are now looking forward to implementing their sustainable community and homestead garden projects which will provide income and a steady supply of food.”

For more information about Islamic Relief’s Water for Life campaign in Kwa-Zulu Natal, call 031 208 2838 or email

*in the above image: IRSA Head of Programmes Norman Moyo and Sikhwama High School principal Sibusiso Ngidi officiates ribbon cutting at borehole handover in Umbumbulu

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