South Africa’s Covid-19 Lockdown- how can you help others?

South Africa’s Covid-19 Lockdown- how can you help others?

It’s nothing new that this lockdown in SA has taken a massive toll on all of us. However, we believe some have it worse than others…We’ve been feeling a real sense fo urgency to help our community in some way or another.

This pandemic is affecting our entire country:

  • Some are struggling with job loss and income loss.
  • Children are missing meals that they would usually have received from schools that are now closed
  • Small businesses are struggling to keep their staff, pay rent, and draw salaries
  • Moms and expectant moms have limited access to supplies needed in the hospital or when they return home with their newborns.

We don’t know about you, but we are itching to use the time and whatever resources we have available to help others less fortunate than ourselves. 

We’ve compiled a list of SOME organizations and programs aiding those in need during the lockdown, and as we transition to the various levels in the weeks and months ahead, should you wish to contribute somewhere, we hope this list is helpful for you. Additionally, if you or someone you know is part of a program of sorts, please do send us their details (hello@waste-free-living.com) so we can keep this post updated for those who are looking to help somewhere and somehow.


Organization:
Action in Isolation

Location:
Midlands, KZN

What they’re doing:
Feeding hundreds of children through 7 feeding centers, children who would usually receive their main nutritious meal at school, but are now going hungry due to school closures. This project has partnered with multiple farms and businesses in the area to bring warm, tummy-filling meals to children living in rural communities in the Midlands area.

How you can be involved:
There are so many ways to be involved in this project. You can give financially via the below banking details, you can make up a food parcel and drop it off at a designated drop off point, you can send preloved toys, clothes, and blankets to further support the kiddies, and you can assist in sewing or purchasing and sending fabric masks for them to distribute to the children. Head here to find out more details on how to get involved.

Banking details:
Account Holder: RL Gruijters
Bank: FNB Howick
Account Number: 62335021193
Should you wish your funds to benefit a specific community, please use the name thereof in the REFERENCE.
Proof of payment to hello@actioninisolation.co.za

Website + Social Media:
www.actioninisolation.co.za + @action_in_isolation

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Organization:
Love Howick

Location:
Howick, KZN

What they’re doing:
Through their Hunger Busters initiative, they are distributing food parcels to the homeless and identified poor, jobless folk in the CBD. Most are single adults who sleep on the streets at various locations around the CBD, others sleep in a room in Shiaz, approx R50 to R200 per month rental. Most are also informal workers (car-guards, car-washers, recyclers, informal pedestrian traders who sell avo’s and brooms, ladies of the night, etc). There are also several beggars and loiterers.

A typical food parcel can comprise of 1 loaf of brown bread, 1 tin of baked beans, 375 ml of sunflower oil, 1 apple, 1 dragonfruit (donated by a farmer), 1 marshmallow Easter egg (donated by the local Superspar). Love Howick has a permit from KZN Prov Gov: COGTA to distribute food parcels during the C-19 Lock-down.

How you can be involved:
Donate financially to the cause via the below banking details, or, if you live in the town, you may use their social media to find out where you can drop off food supplies towards this initiative.

Banking details:
Love Howick
First National Bank Howick
Cheque Account
Account No: 62774727039
Branch Code: 220725
Ref: Hunger Busters

Website + Social Media:
www.lovehowick.com + @lovehowick


Image from: www.peopleschurch.co.za

Organization:
The People’s Church

Location:
Cape Town

What they’re doing:
They have partnered with local churches to deliver hope bags to those in need. The local churches in the areas of Hout Bay and Masi and Capricorn and Westlake all have their widow’s list. Those families who have no breadwinner to put food on the table at all are put on that list. The Hope Bags go to the people on that list.

How you can be involved:
Give financially towards one or two or five hope bags (R100 each, and each hope bag feeds five people for five days).

Banking details:
The People’s Church⠀
Account Number: 071 826 483⠀
Standard Bank Branch: 051 001⠀
Account type: Cheque⠀
Ref: Hope Bag⠀

Website + Social Media:
www.peopleschurch.co.za + @peopleschurchct


Image from website: www.actioninisolation.co.za

Organization:
Do More Foundation


What they’re doing:
Providing vulnerable households with essential food. They receive cash donations via their feeding fund, then source high volumes of essential food via their contributors at cost price, then they distribute this food to partner organizations across SA who ensure the food parcels are delivered to vulnerable families.


How you can be involved:
Monetary donations are what they need to keep doing this work. You can pay via Zapper, Snapscan, Payfast, or EFT. If you are a business in the food industry and would like to support, you can email Iris.Naidoo@domore.org.za

Banking details for EFT:
The Do More Foundation Trust- Covid 19 Feeding⠀
RMB Corporate Banking (FNB)- Durban, 223 626
Account Number: 62848932712
Ref: Covid-19 Feeding
Swift Code (International Payments): FIRNZAJJ⠀


Website + Social Media:
www.domore.org.za + @domorefoundation


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Organization:
The Life Matters Foundation


What they’re doing:
They are distributing academic and lifeskills recourse booklets to children in under-resourced communities who do not have access to online learning during Lockdown. “We have developed learning and mental health resources that we have been distributing through the feeding schemes in the areas in which we work. These resources are helping caregivers ensure that even though teaching may not be happening, learning can still take place. It gives them practical ideas on how to help their children practice and improve their literacy and maths skills as well as ensuring that their mental health is also being prioritized. They have been produced in English, Afrikaans, and isiXhosa. We have had a fantastic response to these resources and have made them available to other organizations who work with young people to distribute to their beneficiaries.”


How you can be involved:
Take the 5 for five challenge to help fund the printing and distribution of these resources. Run or walk 5km | Donate R50 | Challenge 5 friends. With the R250 you raise, LMF will print and distribute 100 academic and lifeskills resource booklets to children in under-resourced communities during the lockdown. Not a fan of exercise? Simply donate via EFT to help them continue their work.

Banking details:
Name – The LifeMatters Foundation
Bank – Standard Bank
Account Number – 072 032 405
Branch Code – 025 609
Reference – 5for5


Website + Social Media:
www.lifemattersfoundation.org + @thelifemattersfoundation


We hope this helps you to play your part during the lock down, and help in any small way to better the lives of others and spread the love.

Please let us know of any organtizations you know who are doing good and helping others. We’d love to feature them and raise seom support for them!

Have a lovely day friends, and stay safe!

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