Lolla has raised almost R70 000 by herself, to feed over 100 vulnerable families in her community.
Western Cape, South Africa (24 June 2020) – The reality is that South Africans are facing donor fatigue – the hunger pandemic fueled by the lockdown feels too big for us to handle alone. And then you hear a story about a Domestic worker who has given everything she has and then some, to feed over 100 families daily. Perspective is everything and this story brings all the feels.
Meet Lauren Juries, an Ottery resident and domestic worker. Not happy to sit by and do nothing, Lauren has identified over 100 vulnerable families in her immediate area.
Ottery is home to over 12,000 South Africans. Neighbour to Cape Town’s leafy southern suburbs. Isolation here is near-impossible, what with 4 – 12 people sharing a flat. The impact of lockdown on the people who live here is crippling. They have a roof over their heads, but no money to buy food and amenities. This is a community struggling for survival.
Known as Lolla by her friends, this incredible South African is broadening her efforts to do more for her community. Aware that lockdown hunger is driving people to desperation, she’s recruited her family and friends to provide warm meals to hungry families.
“We urgently need funds to buy food to make meals for those who cannot afford to feed themselves.”
SA’s food crisis has reached emergency proportions. Minister of Social Development, Bridget Masango highlights that “most South Africans, particularly those living in poor communities, have not had an income for the past 100 days due to the lockdown. This means that millions of South Africans are now staring utter desolation and hunger in the face as they are unable to go out and find work to put food on the table.”
“We advocate a “hands up” approach and are still calling for food parcel sponsorship. Our soup kitchen is an interim solution during this time of crisis. This will allow us to act swiftly and to stretch resources to feed more people.”
Right now, they’re using money out of their own pockets to buy raw ingredients for meals. The team is giving their time and expertise for free, but they need your support! Just R250 will provide ingredients to feed a family of four for a week!
You can support Lolla to get her community through the lockdown by clicking here.