APC hosts Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

The Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives, Exclusive Books and Bookstorm hosted a book launch for Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All on Thursday, 16 October 2014 in the Leeb-du Toit Council Chambers, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus.  The guest speaker was Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of the Gift of the Givers.

The book is written by journalist Shafiq Morton and tells a story of the establishment of South Africa’s only home-grown relief organization, the Gift of the Givers, and its founder.  In 1991, Dr Sooliman, a medical doctor practicing in Pietermaritzburg, visited a Shaikh, a Sufi teacher, in Istanbul, Turkey, and received a message that would dramatically change his life and the lives of countless others – that he would dedicate the rest of his life to helping others in need, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.

As Africa’s biggest relief NGO, Gift of the Givers has a reputation for speedy intervention in local disasters, but it has also conducted over 20 international missions in places such as Bosnia, Palestine, Japan, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi and Mozambique.  Since 1992, Gift of the Givers has put up hospitals, run clinics, created agricultural schemes, dug wells, built houses, developed and manufactured energy food, renovated fishing boats, offered scholarships and provided shelter, food and psychological succor to millions. It has responded to floods, war, famine, tsunamis, kidnapping and earthquakes.