Nov 24, 2020

Year end feeding schemes update

Hardship is an everyday truth. Poverty for many is a way of life. It’s this reality that inspired us to open Love Story eight years ago. Nothing could have prepared us for the pain we have seen in our community over the years. Stories of families losing their homes in fires, mothers birthing babies into extreme impoverishment, children living in drain pipes, addicts dying alone on the street and the list goes on. It’s these human circumstances that drive us, that cause us to sit up, listen and find solution.

The beauty of this is that the solution almost always is the community itself. It’s through the generous donations of finance, resources and volunteerism that we’ve been able to feed hundreds of thousands of people, revamp hospital wards, build early learning centers, clothe hundreds of newborns and distribute blankets, clothing and groceries to thousands of people in need. We have learned that our impact is only as significant as the generosity of our community and because of this we can proudly say that our impact is immense!

We experienced an unprecedented level of support during the difficult months of lockdown. Our daily mandate at Love Story usually takes on the appearance of large crowds through our feeding schemes. When lockdown restrictions were instated we could no longer gather people which meant hundreds of homeless people going without food each day. Government restrictions limited our operation for the first few weeks and we sat dormant waiting on breakthrough. With the economy under pressure we expected financial donations to come to a stand still.

A few days into lockdown one of our main corporate sponsors informed us of an incredible food product that could be purchased affordable in bulk and that they would pay for the first lot if we could distribute it. After the first distribution of a few hundred kilograms, and faced with the desperation of the recipients, we realized that we could not stop there!

We immediately launched an online campaign encouraging our supporters to give financially so that we could continue to feed the hungry. Within the first ten days of our “Lockdown Campaign” we raised enough to serve 70 000 meals - this was the beginning of April. By the end of May we had served 350 000 meals and by September we had reached 1 million meals. Our soup kitchens grew from 15 sites to over 70 as community leaders from all over starting setting up little feeding schemes to meet the needs in their neighborhoods. We saw our community give everything they could even though it was a time of loss and shortfall for all.

Thanks to the overwhelming support from individuals from all around the world, churches and corporates, we have now served 1,5 million meals during lockdown.

During the world’s darkest hour, we witnessed a beautiful shift in humanity, an overwhelming kindheartedness, a literal example of light piercing the darkness and enveloping it.

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Oct 26, 2020

Beds project update

We are so grateful that through this project, various corporate sponsors jumped on board to assist these moms that find themselves in such a terrible position. 

To date we have been able to provide 150 mattresses to Dora Nginza hospital, which is a government run hospital in our city where labouring moms were left on the floor as there was a shortage of beds. Your contribution helped make a huge impact in someone elses life!

Our goal is still to provide beds to the maternity wards at this hopital and we hope that through this project, with you help we can. 

Sep 15, 2020

Feed a child update

Good day,
Thank you to each and every individual for reaching out over this period of lockdown. In an extremely trying time globally we saw a community stand together like never before. From every person on the receiving end of a warm meal, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
We have been able to serve over one million meals during our national lockdown that started in March. More than half of the individuals receiving meals are children and so we are incredibly grateful for what we have been able to do with your support.
Over 2 million children go hungry in South Africa every day. Over and above being malnourished, children are too hungry to attend school or focus on their work.
With Early Learning Centers opening up recently, multitudes of children will rely on school feeding programmes. For many, this means one meal each day. 
We continue to appeal for support for this project to be able to feed more children. 
Through our GlobalGiving account, for this week only, all donations up to $50 will be matched at 50%! Help us grow our donations by clicking this link:
Thank you for your support.
Kind Regards,
The Love Story team

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