Collaboration between charitable organisations has been what has saved so many lives thanks to food donations, soup kitchens and so much more!
Brakpan, South Africa (29 September 2020) – While the country slowly heads back to normal, many charities are still working hard to keep food on the table for struggling families and smaller organisations. It will be some time before everyone is back to “normal”.
A collective of organisations have been working to reach as many people and smaller organisations as possible and recently they got a boot filled with food to distribute.
These organisations work with some of Gauteng’s most impoverished informal settlements. Many of these communities are made up of foreign nationals, who have been completely pushed aside and left to fend for themselves by the South African government and its relief programmes.
Plastic City in Brakpan is an informal recycling settlement which is home to +- 5000 people which is made up of a combination of South Africans, refugees and asylum seekers.
Thankfully, organisations like the three mentioned above, have filled in a gap to try and assist as many people as possible.
The Harvest Project is a mobile NPO which enters complex environments where children are at risk of abuse, violence, racism, xenophobia, health risks and inequality. The NPO joins forces with other organisations and institutes within the area to find solutions to aid the children. The Harvest Project’s main objective is to teach children how to harvest their own food and learn sustainable life skills so they can survive off the land in harmony and respect.
Since the lockdown, The Harvest Project launched a secondary COVID-19 Relief Project to further address the food insecurity within places like Plastic City.
The Blessings Eco Preparatory School was started by Jessie Nkosi in Plastic City after she got news of a little girl that accidentally drank poison. Jessie wanted to keep every child safe. Since then, the school has helped protect and nurture hundreds of children.
The school is an enriching space with a very good feeding scheme. It reopened in September after months of uncertainty and thankfully the children are all happy to be back at school.
The Edie & Colman Waner Feeding Scheme was founded in memory of Edith & Colman Waner. Both husband and wife experienced different types of difficulties such as poverty, hunger and xenophobia. Edith became a charitable force within her community and in Brakpan.
Now the feeding scheme works in partnership with the above organisations to make sure everyone has food in their bellies.
It is the collaboration between charitable organisations that has been the success of so many during these tough times.