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? Click here for more details
'Our poor are hungrier than they have ever been': SA's food insecurity crisis
Soweto teenager Lesego has lost count of the number of nights he's gone to bed hungry. The 13-year-old skips meals because there is not enough food for him and his 23 family members, who share a two room house. He is one of thousands of SA children who are fighting hunger on a daily basis — a food insecurity crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for more details.
Tackling Hunger with Community Action Networks
Today Gauteng has over 100 community action networks, all of them made up of organisations and individuals who are trying to provide relief in the face of the humanitarian crisis unravelling in their communities. Click here for more details.
Retiring Mamelodi nurses launch community wellness clinic
There is an air of excitement in Mamelodi East: three friends have decided to start an independent wellness clinic to serve the growing population of Mamelodi. The clinic is the first wholly black woman-founded clinic in the township and opened on 13 January 2020. Click here for more details.
October Woman of the Month is Sandra Jantjies
Sandra is a wonderful woman from Bonteheuwel who loves helping her community. Sandra Jantjies has been running her Soup kitchen for 10 years from the comfort of her home - this happens every Thursday. She doesn’t only run a soup kitchen but has an initiative called Santa Shoe Box which she has been doing for the past 8 years. She started doing the Santa shoe box from her church but then she thought to herself that there is a need in her community and started taking it to the community of Bonteheuwel. Click here for more details.
Jordan Ways of Cooking is introducing a Soup Kitchen
Hey family! Jordan Ways of Cooking is introducing a Soup Kitchen every Thursdays at 2pm until late. It's being done out of our profits and it's open to the public. Please abide by the #covid19 rules and regulations when you are visiting our establishment. Click here for more details.
The ‘Angels’ who open their homes to children in need are themselves in need
Four years ago, Thobeka Mapupu, of Gugulethu, saw children lying under a bridge. Jobless, she decided to volunteer to do social work. Today she looks after 60 other children after school, as an unpaid volunteer with the “Afternoon Angels” programme. The Afternoon Angels are 56 women who open their 29 homes to children in Gugulethu, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Delft, providing a safe space for them to play after school, do their homework, and receive food and support until their parents come home. Click here for more details.
Development forum planted fruit trees at schools for children in need
Bonteheuwel, South Africa (13 October 2020) – Six schools in Bonteheuwel are being given a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic that will establish them for years to come. The Bonteheuwel Development Forum is leading the charge to ensure the children have a fruitful future. Click here for more details.
Kolisi Foundation crowdfunds to support teenager left paralysed by gang violence
Cape Town, South Africa (22 October 2020) – The Kolisi Foundation recently changed the life of a mother caring for her son, Bryan Diamond. Bryan was left paralysed at the age of three when a stray bullet from a gang shootout struck him in the head. Click here for more details.
Bread bags are being turned into currency that gives back bread, vouchers and more!
South Africa (19 October 2020) – Bread is a highly penetrated category, a commodity almost, appearing in 99% of households, and plays a pervasive role in the lives of South Africans daily. Bread symbolises coming together and is a part of family tradition when it comes to preparing meals. Blue Ribbon has been a part of this tradition and has been sharing that Mmmm Yum Taste with South Africa for over 135 years. Click here for more details
A Cape Town mom couldn’t find a school for her autistic son. So she started one
Cape Town, South Africa (19 October 2020) – When Phumeza Booi Welisa from New Crossroads in Cape Town could not find a school suitable for her son with autism, she had no choice but to start her own. Welisa said that when her son Hlumelo was born on 18 April 2009, everything appeared to be fine. She said it was after he turned two that she started noticing some development delays such as being unable to talk. Click here for more details.
Students make sandwiches for Ladles of Love during their breaks
Cape Town, South Africa (19 October 2020) – Ladles of Love have set up a small community centre in the parking lot of Clifton 4th Beach. There, they hand out sandwiches to those in need of some food. The Camps Bay High School Interact Society hosted a RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Week, where they used their lunch breaks to make sandwiches for the less fortunate. They called the project, “Bread Buddies” and make delicious peanut butter sandwiches. Click here for more details.
Lockdown support group install vertical gardens in places where space is limited
Port Alfred, South Africa (22 October 2020) – While food gardens have been a saviour for so many, not everyone has space for a food garden. The Ndlambe Lockdown Support Group found a way around this by donating vertical gardens to people with limited space. Click here for more details.
MEDIA STATEMENT: SIGNS OF RELIEF FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
After significant efforts made by ECD practitioners across the country during the #SaveOurECDWorkforce Campaign in August 2020, practitioners now know that their calls for support have not gone unheard. The week-long national protest (17 to 21 August) saw members of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) community and supporters of their plight protesting against the announcement made by Department of Social Development (DSD) Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, on 30 July 2020. Minister Zulu stated that R1.3 billion out of the President’s Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Package would be allocated to the short term employment of 36 000 youth compliance monitors for ECD programmes. An illogical allocation when without urgent financial aid, more than 175 000 long-term ECD workforce jobs were likely to be decimated as a result of the pandemic and the national lockdown. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details.
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! Click here for more details.
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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. Click here for more details.
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:) Click here for more details.
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. Click here for more details
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. Click here for more details
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Click here for more details.
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. Click here to view all Community Action Networks.
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. Click here for more details.