At the start of lockdown Afrika Tikkun, unfortunately, had to send 10,000 children home from its five centres across Gauteng and the Western Cape. Fortunately, not without a month’s supply of food, soap, and sanitizers for their families.
The organization was then selected to be one of the food parcel distributing agencies for the Solidarity Fund. And further, with the launch of the Neighbour to Neighbour Support Program, a number of privates, other non-profit organizations, and community-based structures have pulled together, donating funds and items for further food parcel distribution.
With this initiative, and the support of many partners, Afrika Tikkun has mobilized a community-level response to the COVID-19 lockdown, scaling up supplies of food and essentials for the vulnerable; thereby also providing a vehicle for the easy and efficient support of Afrika Tikkuns community efforts.
Most recently, the Embassy of Israel kindly sponsored this initiative, which allowed Afrika Tikkun to increase the provision of food parcels and hygiene products to communities in Diepsloot. This remarkable collaborative force taking place within South African society demonstrates that we are stronger today and that the spirit of ubuntu is alive and well in us all.
Marc Lubner, CEO of Afrika Tikkun shows his gratitude saying, “We are deeply appreciative of the meaningful partnership we have enjoyed with the Embassy of Israel. We are so grateful for their assistance in helping us support vulnerable communities in a safe and responsible manner during this lockdown period”.
With lockdown extensions in play and the phased approach to opening up the country once again, there is still enormous demand to expand the feeding scheme to meet the needs of these communities.
Afrika tikkun is calling on all South Africans to support the Neighbour to Neighbour Support Program (https://afrikatikkun.org/neighbour-to-neighbour-support-program-2/) so that together we can do as much as we possibly can to counteract the negative impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
For more information on Afrika Tikkun and their initiatives call 011 325 5914, email email@example.com or visit www.afrikatikkun.org.