The Zam Zam Foundation is a Social Services Organisation consisting
of a cross section of Islamic scholars, professionals, businessmen,
clergy and laymen. All of them are committed to help the needy in Sri
Lanka, regardless of faith, ethnicity and regional backgrounds. The head
office is based in Wellawatte, Colombo 6 while the Chairperson is Mufthi
The Foundation is actively involved in educational development,
community empowerment, healthcare, food provisions and nutrition, house
building for poor and livelihood development projects in the remote
villages and selected areas for the past nine years. The projects are
targeted towards the deserving mass.
Beneficiaries are selected purely on merit, ensuring that the most
deserving are taken care of regardless of religion, ethnicity and social
background. The foundation consists of 11 members along with the
The Foundation has helped many families by providing dry rations
through "Feed A Family" project preceding the holy month of Ramadan.
They have also helped more than 5,600 school children by distributing
school bags, shoes and stationery under the special project of "School
with a smile."
Speaking at the 'Zam Zam Family Night' program organised by the Zam
Zam Foundation at the Excellency Grand Ballroom, Colombo recently,
Chairperson Mufthi Yoosuff Haniffa said 'I am happy to be a part of Zam
Zam Foundation and be of service to our motherland, Sri Lanka. I am
thankful to all the donors, volunteers, well-wishers and colleagues who
have joined us in making our projects and initiatives a success. Social
work is an act of worship and the happiness and the satisfaction of the
people is our happiness.
it is revealed in the holy Quran and as preached by Prophet Muhammed,
every single person is a part of a big family where our common identity
as human beings should come before we divide among ourselves on the
basis of race, caste, colour, tribes and faith. Therefore, providing
assistance and helping the needy is a universal responsibility as a
human being and the essence of this message is in our foundation's
slogan"Humanity Beyond Religion."
"Poverty is an ocean and richness is an island. Similarly, the rich
and poor need each other in various ways and each of us need to remember
that we have a duty as human beings to help each other in our own
It is important to every person and every generation to remember that
as Sri Lankans of various faiths and ethnicities, the rich diversity of
our country makes us stronger. We all have a duty as citizens to be
responsible," he said.
The Zam Zam Foundation has four main projects such as 'Feed a
Family', 'Help a nest', 'School with a smile' and 'Healthy Society.'
'Feed a Family' is a project where essential food provisions worth Rs.
8,000 each pack is distributed during the month of Ramadan to the
deserving families. It is distributed each year not only to the Muslim
community but also to the poor and needy people of the other
communities. 'Help a nest' is a project to assist in building houses for
families who have no shelter. The Zam Zam Foundation has built 55 houses
in Horowpothana, Nuwara Eliya and Hemmathagama. They have identified the
requirement for more than 150 houses to build as per their 2015 project
plan. These houses will be built for widows, people who were affected by
the civil war and resettling now, orphans and the poor.
'School with a smile' is a project that helps underprivileged Sri
Lankan students from all communities to be able to go to school with the
support of well-wishers by reducing the burden on their families to take
care of the costs related to education. Each year a pack worth of
Rs.3,000 is distributed to students containing items such as DSI, Trendy
Bags, Maliban Traders, Nalaka Exercise Books and Ceylon Pencil
Corporation (Atlas Stationers).
Society' aims to develop and create awareness in fields of education,
empowerment, spiritual and health. The Foundation is working on this
project and it trying to implement it in the next three years. Rizwan
Seedin, Project Manager of the Zam Zam Foundation said that when they
plan on a project, they invite all the religious heads, discuss and
decide to whom and where help should be provided. 'We recently
constructed a library building for Shanthipura Vidyalaya in Nuwara Eliya
and toilet facilities for Ambewela Maha Vidyalaya. We do teacher
training sessions for all mediums such as Tamil, Sinhala and English.
The Foundation always tries to create unity and harmony among the
different religious groups. We work on the theme one country, one
nation,' he said.
Seedin said that at present they are working on a water project in
Horowpathana - Nagollagama areas where there are no pure drinking water
facilities. 'Most of the villagers in these areas are suffering from
kidney problems due to the polluted water. There is only one well for
both villages which has a population of 200 families. There was no
electricity to pump water from the well to the tank. Fortunately as
there is electricity now, we are going to fix motors for them to easily
get water from the well to their homes. We are spending approximately
one million rupees for the project. We get donations and funds to carry
out our projects successfully from all the communities in Sri Lanka. We
do not get foreign aid, but we get funds from Sri Lankans who live
abroad as well,' he said.