During its upcoming graduation ceremonies in April, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will confer an Honorary Doctorate on Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder and director of Gift of the Givers, the largest disaster response NGO of African origin.
Through Gift of the Givers, Sooliman, who gave up a career as a medical doctor in pursuit of his passions in humanitarian aid, has been instrumental in changing the lives of millions of people in more than 40 countries around the world.
Gift of the Givers delivers life-saving aid in the form of search and rescue teams, medical assistance, nutritional support, water and basic necessities. It is also the first such agency to be accredited by the Proudly South African foundation.
Sooliman has put up hospitals, run clinics, created agricultural schemes, dug wells, built houses, developed and manufactured energy food, renovated fishing boats, offered scholarships, been involved in hostage negotiation, and provided shelter and food to millions through the organisation he founded.
Gift of the Givers is responsible for a series of firsts: innovating the world’s first containerised mobile hospital, the world’s first groundnut-soya high energy and protein supplement, and they possess Africa’s only “life locator”, a device used to detect people
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