South Africa’s 56 million people are sheltering at home like the rest of the world, though the nationwide lockdown was lifted May 1. The country is reporting the highest number of cases on the continent, according to the World Health Organization: 8,895 cases and 178 death as of May 9. The number of cases and deaths has continuously increased since the first case was reported on March 5.
The preschool and aftercare site in Canzibe is closed.
Non-profit organizations in South Africa were given a little more freedom during the lockdown to conduct essential services. Kholiswa Masiso, 25:40’s education manager, and Zama Mtebele, who oversees the Nomadolo aftercare and conducts home visits, were able to survey the Canzibe community and identify the neediest families.
Our core staff will initiate a food garden at the Canzibe center and train those in the community wanting to work in the garden. Kholiswa and three of our aftercare graduates – Kwanele, Raymond and Thabile — will oversee and help maintain the garden. This initiative will help during COVID-19 but also as we return to normal, supplement the food we serve in the preschool and aftercare.
During the April 2020 lockdown people from across South Africa united to sing a blessing over our nation. The heart of this is to bless you – to give you hope and peace!