Apr 19, 2021

After-school or instead of school help

Making a daily meal
Making a daily meal

So, with Covid-19 having shut down all schools; with the Astra-Zeneca vaccine ineffective; with the J&J vaccine on pause for blood clots, our AIDS orphans and other deeply poor and orphaned students are now coming to our soup kitchen for tutoring.  We group them, masked and distanced, by age, and have tutors from the community come and help them for several hours a day.  if there is no homework, we have the students discuss topics of interest and of importance.  We feed them and give them a bit of structure in these crazy times.  Our GlobalGiving partners have been enormously supportive as we continually pivot to address the need of the week or month as we wait for an effective vaccine.

We have permission to use all photos included in this report.

Helping each other
Helping each other
Outside distanced
Outside distanced
Study time
Study time

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Dec 29, 2020

We Cannot be Satisfied

Handwashing
Handwashing

From a newspaper article published in Bedford, South Africa on 19 May 2020

"We cannot be satisfied with just teaching people to stand in lines for food."

These are the words of Ndileka Xameni, founder of Siyaphambili who gave her permission to use her full name in this report. She and her volunteers have been feeding the poorer residents in the Bedford townships for many years.  And now, more than ever before, her policy of "education, education, education" is central to her work.

The volunteers have bukets of soap and water ready for handwashing as the children enter the gate.  Their bowls or cups are also washed. 

Children who arrive without a mask are senthome to fetch their mother's 'doek' (head scarf) or a T-shirt to use as a mask.

Then the volunteer give talks to teh children about the virus and how they must wash their hands often and always wear a mask when they are outside their homes.  In light of the Covid19 outbreak, this subject has been added to the talks they have on brushing their teeth and maintaining good personal hygiene.

Only once they have listened to the lesson are they served the soup of the day for lunch.

This week it was all smiles at the table as a local farmer generously donated fresh meat, which is being served with samp and beans.  And a couple of pots of meaty soup will also emerge from the very kind and timely donation.

Beneath her ready smile and her perpetual motto that "God is Good", Ndileka takes her role very, very seriously, as she has for many years.  She says that these children will survive the virus, bu when they grow a few years older,they will face a much deadlier virsu, and her lessons on hand washing and wearing masks is just preparing them for the lessons they will learn from her about preventing HIV.  Bedford is blessed to have Ndileka, "Mama Bedford". 

group handwashing
group handwashing
whole group lesson
whole group lesson
Ndileka shows how
Ndileka shows how

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Sep 2, 2020

Rise Against Hunger 55 Boxes Received

Handing out food staples
Handing out food staples

Dear Global Givers -

In early June, we received 55 boxes of food from Rise Atainst Hunger to assist our soup kitchen during this time of Covid-19.  The donation of meat is from Estelle, the manager of the Duke Hotel in Port Elizabeth.  We are grateful and eat for another week.  We work hard for such donations and need a cash infusion or monthly givers like the wonderful few we have now so that we can secure food on an ongoing basis.  Due to the pandemic, we are much constrained from shopping, delivering food, even getting our garden supplies.

But we help each other and we will survive this.  Our blessings to all.

Ndileka

Grateful for rice and beans
Grateful for rice and beans
55 boxes
55 boxes
Meat for now
Meat for now
Taking food home
Taking food home
Washing hands
Washing hands

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