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Corona crisis in South Africa

Corona crisis: Our sponsors sent food vouchers  unbureaucratically and quickly to help South African children and their families

The government measures in South Africa to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are some of the strictest globally.

Since 26th of March 2020, the borders are shut, all public areas including schools are closed, and all citizens are forbidden to leave their homes. Only necessary trips, such as for medical emergencies and purchasing groceries, are allowed. These guidelines are firmly enforced by the police and the military.

The lockdown is creating extreme social and economic problems in the already densely populated informal settlements. Social distancing in overcrowded houses and shacks is often not possible.  

 

Monnique

 

We are in regular contact with residents and the primary school staff of the local impoverished township, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. Many people depend on their daily income to buy food and other daily necessities for their families.

 

Oma

 

Some of our supporters have sent additional money to help their sponsor children during this unprecedented and acute crisis. So far, due to the lockdown, it has been a logistical problem to get these funds to the children.

 

Liyabona

 

However, the biggest supermarket group in South Africa called Shoprite, which has a branch within Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, is offering online vouchers. These digital vouchers can be purchased via a website and forwarded directly to a mobile phone number. This is even more helpful in South Africa, as many citizens do not have a bank account.

We asked Zoleka, one of our assistant teachers to help us verify the mobile phone numbers of the sponsor children’s parents. It is an established South African habit to swap numbers within families or friends or to frequently change providers. Tracing the parents is time consuming and difficult. We only forward vouchers after we have confirmed the recipient is closely related to our sponsor children.

Last week Ruth was finally able to send the first digital food vouchers to the relevant families. They were overwhelmed with joy and extremely grateful for the unexpected support from Germany.

Many thanks to our sponsors who have made this possible. Due to your help, a few families in the township have been relieved of the stress of providing food for their children.

(Author: Anja Dalton)

 

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Warm fleece jackets for Emily's children

Although the playschool is now also receiving support from the state, the children still lack many important necessities - like warm winter clothing.

Together with Emily, we decided to organize warm fleece jackets for children, teachers and supervisors.

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With your help, we will be prepared for the next winter. 

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In Emily's Playschool, children have a safe and warm shelter, in which they are cared for with love.

 

Primary School closed

Due to the current development of the novel coronavirus, Sir Lowry's Pass Primary School will remained closed until further notice.

Shopping with Emily

Last week Emily and I went shopping for stationery, arts and crafts material and a few new games. I really enjoy visiting Emily’s Play School, the kids and their teachers. It brings back many wonderful memories and makes me proud of the special place that we have created together. I am grateful, that the kids have found a safe space that not only provides them with protection but also with love and understanding. Thank you to Emily and her team for their fantastic work and care!

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