Humanitarian / Journalism / Director
Difference Makers S.A. Congratulate Azhar Vadi being Nominated as a Top 100 SA Difference Maker. Azhar in his own words: I am totally impressed by the effort of DMI – SA to acknowledge and highlight the accomplishment of so many of South Africa’s unsung heroes. So often we ignore the hard work, perseverance and tears that go into making a project a success. I congratulate DMI-SA for this wonderful contribution in uplifting the spirit of those working to uplift South Africa. You are indeed making a difference in the lives of those who are making a difference to others.
“I am currently part of a team at the Salaam Foundation and Salaamedia; who involve ourselves in the unique concept of Humanitarian Journalism. It’s a real honour to be nominated for Difference Makers Int – S.A.”
Salaamedia broadcasts across Africa via satellite radio, locally on 1 Nation 88.9FM in Polokwane and internationally though our online streaming platforms. We aim to go beyond the limits of traditional journalism by telling human stories while seeking to inspire people towards active citizenship and participation in helping resolve these challenges or at the least bring relief to those who form the essence of the news story. It’s not just about the news; it’s about changing the reality. It is about humanitarianism, activism and journalism coming together and forging a brighter future. It’s about walking the proverbial talk.
We seek to chart new positive route in a world increasingly overwhelmed by negativity. Salaam Foundation, is the humanitarian and development wing of Salaamedia. As a director at both Salaamedia and Salaam Foundation, I am currently involved in the #Riding4SAeducation campaign. Last year, during our inaugural ride, I rode a bicycle from Musina to Durban and onward to Cape Town raising awareness and funds for South African education projects. This year we have just completed our second ride where we incorporated several other charities in the event. Thousands of stationery packs, schools shoes, sanitary packs and even a hi-tech computer lab have been delivered to learners across South Africa. Details can be found at this link http://salaamedia.com/category/riding-4-sa-education/
Another project completed recently is the #LoveHopeCare Postcard campaign where children were encouraged to fill in postcards with messages to children in poverty, war and disaster zones. The 6000 postcards were stuck on the walls of the Trade Route Mall in Lenasia. The link can be seen at: http://salaamedia.com/6000-postcards-of-lovehopecare-to-suffering-children/
Food security and water provision is a key aspect in the work we do. Not only do we report on these issues that affect so many of South Africa’s people, but we aim to assist in the provision of water and skilling of people to provide their own food through small farming projects. These projects have been amazing and have help transform the communities in which they have been implemented. Click on the link below to view some of the work we have recently been involved in. I have also been active in the installation of boreholes at schools in the Limpopo Province. http://salaamedia.com/?s=borehole http://salaamedia.com/how-to-save-a-school-r48-500-per-year-drill-a-borehole/
Besides South Africa, we involve ourselves with helping people in other countries as well. South Africans are renowned for their generosity and this is what inspired the #Walk4Somalia campaign. Leading a small group of dedicated humanitarians, we walked from the south of Gauteng to the north covering a distance of 120km visiting schools and organisations explaining the effects of the drought in East Africa and particularly in Somalia. After the campaign we were able to fund a children’s hospital in a town called Baidoa where the drought has been increasingly harsh.