Jun 29, 2020

Safety is the new 'uniform'

Mask up! Safety is key!
Mask up! Safety is key!

Thank you so much to those of you that have supported our SCHOO UNIFORM initiative over the last few months. We are so grateful that at a time when the world is in chaos, you have been able to support us! Thank you! More than ever NPO's are struggling to keep funding our projects and programs as Covid-19 makes itself felt financially, so we are really thankful for your support. 

 

Since schools in South Africa have been closed since the 18th March due to the Covid19 Pandemic and the resulting lockdown, life has changed drastically. Whilst many have had the ability to keep going to school online, children from our rural communities have not had this chance or this opportunity. 

 

So we have decided to spend the school uniform funds on a few things: 

Firstly masks for the Grade 7 learners that have gone back to school; to help them minimise their risk of transmission and feel safe going back to their learning environments. The school teachers are so grateful for these reusable masks for their children! 

 

Pencils and educational workbooks for our children from Grade 0- Grade 6. We have made little care parcels for our pre-school children, giving them a little stimulation whilst being stuck at home and a little something for their parents to do with them to keep them busy and happy. We also made little goodie bags for our Green Kidz including maths, english and basic environmental education so our children can keep growing green minds at home, even though they may not yet be able to go back to school. 

 

and thirdly ; where before the funds would have been used for a warm jersey for school children, as many children are now homebound and we want to keep them warm and healthy; we have used these funds to buy knitted beanies for the children. Warm heads and hopefully hearts. 

 

Thank you so much for your support, stay safe and well! 

We are Covid-Strong!
We are Covid-Strong!
Green Kidz keeping busy at home!
Green Kidz keeping busy at home!
providing warmth :)
providing warmth :)
our ECD children keeping entertained
our ECD children keeping entertained
Jun 2, 2020

Pads in a time of great need

Practicing Sewing pads
Practicing Sewing pads

Despite Covid-19 taking the world by storm, a womans period still comes every month - and feminine hygiene and dignity is still something we should be aware of. 

 

As many families in rural South Africa struggle with unemployment and the impacts of the lockdown, the poverty is increasing, and the struggle for daily livelihoods and food is very real. 

 

Now, more than ever, people lack the funds to buy proper feminine sanitary products, such as pads. There is just no money - when every cent has to go to food to keep your family alive. but this doesnt mean young women need to struggle, to be shamed, and to be embarassed for every period... 

 

Your support for our Sanitary pad project has allowed us to make a difference to a few young women, equipping them with pads that will last them the next few years in a way that is eco friendly and good for their toilet system and the earth, and their budgets! Now they can have their period, and stay healthy, sanitary and clean. We will be doing the hand-outs this coming month now that the Lockdown is easing and movement of people will be allowed a little bit more! 

 

Whilst many of our seamstresses have taken to sewing much-needed masks, Merlyn one of our beautiful new seamstresses has joined our sewing team, and we are excited to have these woman able to make pads as the project gets more support and funding, exposure and awareness of the need of young women to receive these reusable pads! 

 

Thank you! 

Sewing using colourful African Fabric for the pads
Sewing using colourful African Fabric for the pads
Celebrating menstrual Hygiene day- past pad packs!
Celebrating menstrual Hygiene day- past pad packs!
May 12, 2020

Community Resilience with your support!

Thank YOU!
Thank YOU!

Never before have we, as a civilisation, had to deal with a crisis of this scale worldwide - and as a result, never before have we been able to see the scale and capacity for human kindness, for compassion, for ubuntu. Our shared humanity - and now our shared gratitude. Thank you to each and every single person, from a small donation to a big donation, whatever you were able to contribute to Nourish - this has helped us to help others grow just a little more resilient. 

 

You have made it possible for us to feed almost 500 people a week, week after week... ensuring children do not go hungry, that grannies do not have to beg for food or look in dustbins. You have helped us make sure people can eat, and feed their families, and be healthy and strong. 

 

The Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa ( and the world) will test all of us, and the strong will survive, strong in spirit, strong in solidarity, strong in heart, and health, and resilience. So thank you, thank you, thank you for helping the communities around Acornhoek South Africa be a little bit stronger. 

 

If you want to follow our project updates, please find Nourish on Facebook, or you can support our continuing Resilience projects: https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/food-and-hygiene-security-in-rural-south-africa/

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead


Thank you for changing the world! 

Weekly food parcels support this little girls home
Weekly food parcels support this little girls home
Nourish team distributing food!
Nourish team distributing food!
donating to children from our local preschool
donating to children from our local preschool
Sending books home with the food this week!
Sending books home with the food this week!

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