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Oct 5, 2020

Creating a permanent space

Merlyn making and showing off Facebmasks
Merlyn making and showing off Facebmasks

Whilst we have been slow to be able to sew and distribute sanitary pads over the last few months. We are happy to report that Ivy is now busy with 30 packs of reusable sanitary pads. The focus had shifted during the midst of the pandemic to sewing reusable facemasks for children and adults that could be distributed throughout our community, especially into the poor areas where people might not have had the funds to buy a facemask for themselves. We sew thousands upon thousands of masks, and thanks to the passion and tireless sewing from Ivy, Christine, and Merlyn we managed to distribute over 5000 face masks. 

 

We are now back on track with sewing sanitary pads, and thanks to funding from a donor in Germany are even able to build a small sewing room on site at Nourish, so that one of our seamstresses can be permanently based on site. This allows us to have a quicker turnover time, in case material is needed or there is an issue with the machine, it also allows us to be more supportive and work together to improve the sanitary pad packs. It's also a stepping stone for us to be able to broaden the sewing project into other things in future, like perhaps reusable nappies. 

 

We are excited to have merlyn coming to work from Nourish from the new skill center to bring her sewing to more people and to help us bring sanitary pads to more woman. Another exiciting update is a partnership with a local foundation, who have decided to build a womens empowerment center onsite at Nourish... a beautiful airy clean space where younng women can come together to wash their sanitary pads without any judgement or taboo. This will also be a space for educational talks, womens forums, and sex education. 

 

We are excited to share the direction things are moving, and look forward to sharing the next update with you. Thank you for your support! 

REUSABLE facemasks was our focus due to COVID
REUSABLE facemasks was our focus due to COVID
Our new skill center being built
Our new skill center being built
Lovely, light and airy - a space for SEWING
Lovely, light and airy - a space for SEWING
Ivy back at the helm, making our 30 packs of pads
Ivy back at the helm, making our 30 packs of pads
Aug 11, 2020

Covid-19 updates- a land still in Lockdown

Masks for Creche children
Masks for Creche children

Another newsletter ( and season ) comes and goes and South Africa is still firmly in Lockdown to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic, trying to restrict movement to keep the spread low, especially in poor, and vulnerable communities, where overcrowded homes and already compromised immune systems make the vulnerable even more so. 

 

Over the last few weeks it was decided that Early Childhood Development Centers could open at their own discretion, so we decided to use funds from your amazing donations, to make sure our Nourish creche as well as the RISE creches and creches around us had the best possible chance to open safely. We called together 2 teachers from every creche and hosted a workshop at Nourish on Covid-19 awareness and safety. 

 

The focus of the workshop was how to maintain best practice in terms of handwashing and hygiene, and it was a fun, facilitated and interactive session, including in true Africa style a song about how to wash hands and wear a mask. 

 

Each teacher after the workshop got vegetable seedlings to take back to her creche to start or support food security for the children and their families, as well as a mask for every child. The teachers were also shown how to make simple 'tippy taps' handwashing spaces using recycled bottles, so that if they choose to open their Creche, they can do so whilst making sure the children can stay safe. 

 

Life is about adapting, and we are so grateful to have had the funds from your donations and support to make this worthwhile workshop possible. We have 38 children in our Nourish creche and 265 children in the RISE creches, so this workshop went a long way towards keeping almost 300 children safe. 

 

We are now busy making resource packs for the children from the Nourish creche ( which has chosen to stay shut, as this was the community parents request) so sending home weekly booklets with lesson plans and resources for the parents and homebased carers to use for their children! This week will see our first distribution of Nourish creche resources to our homes, so we will share about this in our next newsletter

 

Thank you for believing in us, for supporting our work and for believing in us! Your contribution makes a difference in the lives of children! We are so grateful!  

Social distanced learning taking place!
Social distanced learning taking place!
Learning Covid-19 best practice for ECD Centers
Learning Covid-19 best practice for ECD Centers
Masks and seedlings for 6 RISE Creches
Masks and seedlings for 6 RISE Creches
Jul 6, 2020

Resilience; a basic human right in life! THANK YOU

Healthy little cabbage
Healthy little cabbage

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.


- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Thank you so much for your support for our Corona Food Security project! The community of Sigagule village and the surrounding communities are already so poor and so this Covid pandemic and the resulting lockdown, and the loss of tourism and jobs has had a devastating effect on income levels into our families. So thank you so much for being able to support us, and to allow us to support each household with a little resililiency. A warm meal every day for a month makes a difference to each child in that household. Going to bed with a full belly should be a basic human right, but it's not something we can ever take for granted. 

 

Thank you- in a time of so much need for rising beyond your own need, and being able to support Nourish as we grow community resilience. We wish we could share with you the gratitude that we have experienced as we have supported over 160 households a month, ( some months up to 400 households) reaching over 8 000 people with food security. We have distributed over 

 

We sometimes dont realise the depth of the desperation, until we deliver a bag of oranges and some maize meal to a household and know that for them this is their only food for the month! We are so humbled for every one of you that was able to donate; from $5 to $ 500 every cent makes a big difference! 

 

We hope you follow the Nourish facebook page and instagram to stay in touch with our continuing resilience programs, such as sewing masks for clinics and schools, and setting up free hand washing stations ( called tippy taps) South Africa is still in the peak of the pandemic, so to those of you that are able to continue to support, please do! 

 

Our wish is to provide food for the 400 families for a monthly parcel; at a cost of USD 30 per month.... 

 

Thank you for making a difference, for your 'ubuntu' , someones life is a little easier because of you! Stay safe and take care!

Keeping our children safe and resilient
Keeping our children safe and resilient
THANK you from all of us!
THANK you from all of us!
Food parcels to community creches
Food parcels to community creches
Door to door food parcel distribution
Door to door food parcel distribution
Nourish; growing resilient communities
Nourish; growing resilient communities

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