COVID-19 RELIEF AID AND HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT
We are partnering with churches across KZN as a part of the KZN Christian Council (KZNCC) convened KZN Covid-19: Churches Respond project. Read more about our story below.
The KZN Disaster Response Team, is a network of faith-based organisations involved in Disaster Management and Response work, including CityHope Disaster Relief, us The Domino Foundation, Nation Changers, South African Red Cross and Zoë Life. The group has coordinated on regional disasters over the past 6 months and have partnered once again during this COVID-19 Biological Disaster to lead the relief work of the broader Churches Respond project.
The response from churches, businesses, individuals, communities and partners has been incredible over this time. Responsive, agile and hugely generous donors have allowed the KZN Response Team to provide relief aid, in the form of hampers, to vulnerable families during this time. For accountability and impact, please see the Distribution Map to see who we have been able to help since 25th March 2020.
The goal has been to distribute 100,000 Relief Aid Hope Hampers costing R350 per pack, which includes food essentials, hygiene items, educational material in a 20L Covid-19 branded bucket in isiZulu. Each pack is filled with assistance to nourish and care for one family of 4 individuals for a period of 21 days.
BUT NOW WE HAVE A NEW QUICKER AND MORE EFFICIENT OPTION AVAILABLE
People are getting desperate, they are hungry, distribution is taking time and the needs are overwhelming, so we are excited to announce our Hope Vouchers which is an SMS sent to vulnerable households across the province. These vouchers cost R410 and can be used at any Shoprite, Pick ‘n Pay, Usave, Checkers or Boxer store, in full or in part, to purchase food and other essential items. This solution is extremely cost-effective with 98% of funds going directly to the beneficiary (who receives a voucher of R400).
KZN RESPONSE HAMPERS DISTRIBUTED:
The livelihoods of countless South Africans will be hit by Covid-19 and related shutdowns. We are calling on church leaders and all people of faith to:
- Talk to business leaders and encourage acts of extreme generosity. This is not a time for putting profit first, this is a time to stretch ourselves to the maximum to protect our community as a whole.
- Identify the economically vulnerable in your community and put in place a plan to practically support their needs over this time.
- Proactively ensure gender justice and avoiding gender stereotyping and stigma in Covid19.
For More Information on the coordinated response, please visit: https://www.covid19response.co.za/