Combined with a strained health care system, especially in rural areas where treatment facilities are scarce or non-existent, the country’s poor are all in high risk of suffering an uncontrollable and deadly exposure to Covid-19.
To add to this South Africa also stands as one of the most unequal countries in the world.
The consequences of the lockdown have aggravated and emphasized these inequalities and the difficult situation for the people already struggling to feed themselves and their families.
We are helping through direct support to our local partner.
Assistance with the local food relief program
In Grabouw there is an escalation in the need for food support.
The need for help is especially urgent in the rural households where people are unemployed and have no ways of making an income because of the impact of the lockdown and the pandemic.
As a part of the project our local partner coordinates a food relief program for the local NGOs and community initiatives in the area. Feeding points are set up all over the community and soup and bread is handed out on a daily basis.
Strengthening the local NGO community
For the NGOs working directly in the communities it is important with access to the newest data and information about the virus. Both so they can stay safe when they work in the field but also so they can help create awareness about corona in their communities.
Our partner is facilitating educational workshops for the local NGOs about corona virus. They are also working to empower them to engage with local authorities and private donors, to help them get access to further funding and support.
Hand washing stations
Another problem which has been accentuated during the corona pandemic is the lack of access to handwashing facilities. Stations where people can wash their hands with water and soap are set up next to the feeding points.
In South Africa it is mandatory to wear a mask in the public space. However, buying or sewing your own masks is difficult if you are not even able to buy food. Through the project we can assist with masks for the most vulnerable community members in the area affected by the Covid19 crisis, being mainly children, elderly, homeless and people with disabilities and on chronic medication.