Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value. ~ Desmond Tutu
On March 16, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster followed by a 21-day lockdown. The Department of Social Development ordered the closure of all Early Childhood Development (ECD’s) centres from Wednesday 18th March until, at earliest, April 17th. With 120 000 children benefiting daily from JAM South Africa’s school feeding programmes, the closure of schools will have a devastating effect on the highly vulnerable children that attend JAM-supported ECD’s.
Thankfully, JAM SA has been registered as an Essential Services Provider, so we are in the process of rolling out multiple initiatives to assist those living in vulnerable communities across South Africa. This includes the distribution of essential food supplies and hygiene products, along with awareness and practical training on sanitation and hand-washing practices to curb the spread of the Corona Virus.
These communities are faced with great uncertainty and are extremely ill-equipped to sustain themselves, leaving them at risk to secondary effects such as food insecurity that could very well claim many more lives than the virus itself.
After the closure of schools, JAM provided many of the beneficiary families with small decanted packs that served as ‘take-aways’ to ensured that these children still received their daily JAM porridge for the first few weeks.
As we look towards finding alternative means of deploying food and other essential items to these communities, and as the numbers grow, we are proud to partner with Pick n Pay, The Souter Charitable Trust, KFC Add Hope, The Full Tummy Fund and other partners, allowing us to reach an initial 450 000 people in communities across SA with food, hygiene kits and COVID19 education.
In these unprecedented times, it is the vulnerable communities of our nation who stand to be impacted the most by the Corona Virus pandemic. They are faced with great uncertainty and are extremely ill-equipped to sustain themselves, leaving them at risk to secondary effects such as food insecurity that could very well claim many more lives than the virus itself.