COVID – 19: INTERVENTIONS TO PROVIDE FOOD AND SANITIZERS TO FAMILIES

April 2020 Due to the global pandemic that the country is faced with, the Department of Social Development (DSD) implemented strict measures to close soup kitchens. These preventative measures...

April 2020

Due to the global pandemic that the country is faced with, the Department of Social Development (DSD) implemented strict measures to close soup kitchens. These preventative measures have been put in place to safeguard the health of beneficiaries as well as the employees of the soup kitchen, resulting in the need to address food shortages with the communities that we serve.

In response to this, the Sibona Ilanga Trust co-ordinated the centralized management, storage and the allocation of goods at the Ethembeni Community Centre, in De Aar.

All soup kitchen managers submitted their beneficiary list to the central team. Some managers were involved in the deliveries of the parcels as they wanted their beneficiaries to identify where the parcels came from.

The approach is focused on providing support to families. Working with the District Department of Social Development, nutrition programmes have been organised and allocated. 329 food parcels have been successfully delivered to 329 families, at the value of R394 800.

Sibona Ilanga Trust also responded to a request from the community healthcare clinic in Britstown, who appealed for help from the community trust for protective measures. The Trust has since allocated 10 litres of sanitizers to the clinic.

In addition to this, sanitizers have been allocated to all 329 families that reiceved food parcels.

“To achieve better impact, the community trust has worked closely with the district offices of the Department of Social Development to ensure that we do not duplicate services and that we assist each other in situations that present challenges. This partnership worked very well and we were transparent about what each was doing in the area.”