Volunteering in the time of #CoronaVirus

We’re living through a particularly trying time in our country’s history - and yet also a time where we are likely to see the best of humanity. This is an opportunity to be safe - but also to do what we can to help.

NPOs and their beneficiaries need your assistance now more than ever! Many of their revenue streams have dried up entirely. Big donors tend to be nervous during times of turmoil. And they're struggling with even more fundamental challenges - what do you do when your youth group or school programme can no longer gather?

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Surf youth programme shifts focus to feeding the hungry in lockdown

Every morning at 5, Kaltoema Samodien gets up in the dark, brushes her teeth and washes her face. She prays, facing northeast, before having a cup of tea. Then she starts to cook.

Using an enormous steel pot, she mixes 10kg of maize meal and water that she brings to the boil on a gas cooker, using a wooden ladle to stir. It takes on average two hours to make the “pap porridge” that will go towards feeding 500 residents in her community of Strandfontein, many of them young children.

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City clinics introduce COVID-19 mobile testing booths

The booths can be used on site at clinics, or in communities and offer extra protection to those being tested, as well as those conducting the tests.

The City of Cape Town will be rolling out testing booths for COVID-19 at 17 identified clinics across the city.

The locations are: Albow Gardens, Langa, Bloekombos, Wallacedene, Town Two, Doctor Ivan Toms, Ikhwezi, Kuyasa CDC, Manenberg, Delft South, St. Vincent, Gugulethu, Weltevreden Valley, Masiphumelele, Seawinds, Phumlani and Tafelsig.

The booths will aid efforts to increase the number of tests of vulnerable individuals who are at risk of more severe illness. It will also protect front-line healthcare workers. The City identified the challenges relating to constraints around personal protective equipment (PPE) availability, and in addition, wanted to increase the number of patients tested for COVID-19.

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1000Women1000Warriors are feeding more than 20 000 people a day!

Once again the 1000Women1000Warriors are feeding more than 20 000 people a day! Children and Single Mothers, with Senior Members! Street Captains are recruited to help on rainy days!

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FEEL GOOD | Walking the walk: Veteran philanthropist, 91, determined to raise R108m to feed the hungry

One of South Africa's iconic citizens, Solly Krok, has committed to raise R108 million from international and local communities to help feed vulnerable people in South Africa.

In the Jewish tradition, the number 18 symbolises life and good things, so Krok has made 108 his goal because he wants to "help give people life".

Coinciding with his 91st birthday on Thursday, Krok has announced his new venture called "Keep the Wolf from the Door", as he embarks on a mission to raise funds to address hunger and food insecurity.

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Manenberg Stakeholders emergency feeding response

MANENBERG UPDATE:  account details can now be shared with our UK and US friends. Please share....and here is and update from Jonathan and others in Manenberg(and Kenilworth:)

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These people are raising millions for charity - on Corona Virus lockdown

Raising more than $15 million for charity is an incredible feat at any time - but doing so without leaving home is something else.

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Cape Town videographer raises about R300 000 in a week to feed communities

Twenty-six year old Chad Nathan took to the streets of Cape Town, armed with his camera, ready to document the impact of South Africa's nationwide lockdown on the less fortunate.

He did not yet know how his content would be able to assist hungry people in those communities.

Two weeks after he began documenting the lockdown on 18 April, Nathan started the Raising Hope campaign, teaming up with various NGOs to provide food in different communities.

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Can do attitude: Woodstock CAN shows the way

Multiple NPOs and volunteers are working tirelessly during the lockdown to provide shelter, food, masks, funding and more to those less fortunate than themselves. One of the groups that has won praise for its all-round efforts is the Woodstock Community Action Network (Woodstock CAN).  

Woodstock CAN volunteers have been tackling many pressing needs through a number of working groups, that include the following:

Street Champions: Volunteers responsible for spreading information, mobilising donations and assistance on their streets.

Resource Group: Persons collating a list of shelters/resources for homeless people and feeding schemes, and co-ordinations donations and other forms of support.

Community Mapping Group: They are harnessing tech to better match up demand and supply in the community;

Good Times Group: Volunteers working to bring Woodstock residents virtually together, because we still need social solidarity while practising physical distance.  

Woodstock Sews 4 Safety: This group is coordinating mask-making and is currently working with denim fabric. They welcome members who can sew, offer access to sewing machines, or donate supplies such as fabric and elastic. 

The Woodstock / Salt River Community Upliftment Project: This is one of the larger feeding schemes in the area, working in collaboration with other schemes, such as the William Street Mosque.

Volunteers are preparing meals from a building in Victoria Rd for homeless people and others in dire need, including old age homes, orphanages, transitional housing occupants, and occupations such as Cissie Gool House. They require donations of vegetables, rice, meat, seasoning, bread, eggs, dry goods, 20L buckets, 1L-2L ice cream containers, cooking gas, and petrol. 

Thanks to the support of the people, they are currently providing 700-1000 meals a day, with the need to grow over the next few weeks. They help supply pre-made (Halaal) meals, which include soup, biryani, sandwiches and breakfast ingredients.

Woodstock CAN’s immediate needs are data, electricity and food for the feeding scheme, says WSCUP member Chris Auret. “We would also welcome more assistance in four areas: volunteer management; social media management; legal expertise; and a person to attend to incoming requests from the community. Financial donations are also welcome.”

If you need support or can offer your services, email: wscup20@gmail.com

Financial donations through YOCO: https://tinyurl.com/y9a2qw86

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://tinyurl.com/y8g9wtfg

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUjYvXYabWc&t=83s

Longer-term considerations include how to continue providing services beyond lockdown, as the need will not decrease; and how volunteers can support one another to avoid burnout.

Woodstock CAN forms part of Cape Town Together, a movement supporting neighbourhood action around COVID-19.

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CAPE TOWN TOGETHER - Community Action Networks

The Cape Town Together Community Action Network is an initiative that has been setup to help communities respond to Covid-19. Its purpose is to create a database that will help organise non-medical responses in different communities and areas.

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FEEL GOOD | Cape Town domestic worker runs food aid programme for neighbours in her free time

Worried about her hungry neighbours suffering during the Covid-19 lockdown and job wipe-outs, Cape Town domestic worker Lauren Juries has started a soup kitchen in her flat in Ottery.

Roping in her mother, Estelle Stefanus, and her aunts, enormous pots of lentil stew and rice are cooked on their stove in their tiny kitchen in Regents Court under the banner of "Ottery Community Action Now" (Ottery Can).

By sunset, a long queue has formed outside the blocks of flats, which include children, and bowls and plates are filled, so that they don't have to go to bed hungry.

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