COVID lockdowns have been particulary hard for children who would normally be fed at their pre-schools. HOPE Africa has reached out to the pre-schools that we support with the special covid relief funds.
Nomonde Pre-school in Langa really stands out as a beacon of hope in an otherwise dreary landscape filled with rows upon rows of zinc and iron houses, hostels, filthy streets with little prospect of a bright future. The preschool was started in the 1985 for mostly single parents from the nearby hostels to leave their children while they look for employment or continue with their studies. At the time there were no informal dwellings in the area – these were built after 1994 when people from rural areas came to big towns to look for better opportunities.
With the assistance of our generous donors the Centre was beautified to give children a colourful, well-equipped Centre wherein they could thrive and forget about the hardships faced in townships.
HOPE Africa walks alongside the pre-school for a number of years, bringing food relief, toys, clothing, educational equipment and joy to the children’s’ hearts.
The year 2021 is half way through and donations towards COVID relief have dwindled quite significantly. Communities in Southern Africa are still in great need of food, clothes and hygiene products. Rural communities faced extreem hardship, especially during this time of winter in Southern Africa.
Since our last report, HOPE Africa continues to provide nutritious meals to homeless people living in shelters. We often have volunteer who come to clean the vegetables and help prepare the meals.
Food hampers have been distributed in 2 rural communities, feeding more than 200 families. We also plan to reach out to communities in Namibia, Lesotho and Mozambique as we raise more funding.
HOPE Africa has also been quite involved in providing communities with information about the vaccine roll out and encouraging people to register and go to get vaccinated.
Thank you all for your support that includes prayers and donations at this time. We do hope that we can count on your continued support for this important COVID-19 relief work.
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