This project will support food for 140 families in Cape Town. ORT SA CAPE usually runs education projects but it started a food programme during the lockdown. Food parcels are given every two weeks. Many of the children live with their grandparents, or are from child-headed households, or are living in homes where there is now little or no income. ORT SA CAPE has also begun to distribute LEGO Playboxes and has been able to do some teacher training again, to continue to improve early education.
Unemployment and loss of income during South Africa's lockdown is having a direct impact on food security. Oxfam named South Africa as an emerging hunger epicentre, as so many people "that were just about managing have been tipped over the edge by the pandemic". In addition, early education has suffered during the lockdown. This project will assist with both giving food and with the distribution of educational resources, now that Early Childhood Development Centres have opened again.
ORT SA CAPE delivers food parcels every two weeks to 140 families in Cape Town, to ensure they have adequate food supplies. ORT SA CAPE's usual work focuses on education. The food programme is a further way ORT SA CAPE is helping those in need. In addition, some teacher training is now possible again, following the new health and safety rules. ORT SA CAPE is also able to distribute Lego Playboxes, as an educational resource, to those from disadvantaged communities.
This project will ensure that 140 families, in Manenberg, Khayelitsha, Dunoon and Hangberg in Cape Town receive food. Receiving proper food and nutrition will help the children and their families to stay healthy, whilst there is a pandemic, and will contribute to the children's long-term growth and development. In addition, children from disadvantaged communities around Cape Town will benefit from receiving educational resources, after having their education disrupted during the past year.