AIDS HOPE COVID-19 RESPONSE
As a response to the pandemic, all face to face programs run by the Meetse a Bophelo Centre have been paused until the government will announce the lifting of the measures taken. As an organization we were granted the permission from local authorities to keep on picking up food at selected stores and to deliver them as usual. This way, at least 30 families get food parcels each week. Families that otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide food for their members.
In order to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus in South Africa, all schools got closed on the 18th March 2020 up until today. Only a few dates later the President announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown, which was extended for 2 more weeks- until the 1 of May 2020.
As the children in our community don’t have any access to internet and online learning, we want to make sure they are not falling behind too much. We therefore provide a weekly workbook for each child from our afterschool program. The workbook contains stories to read for the whole family and exercises for the children to solve, according to their grades.
From the 1st of May 2020 it is compulsory to wear a face mask when leaving their homes. AIDS Hope therefore has been producing more than 300 face masks which got distributed to the children and their families, the nearby old age home and police station.