COVID-19

HOW CAN I HELP?

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This will always be a good place to start. God wan’t to know us, spend time with us and work good through us. He is our father who delights in us. Coming to him will give us the best peace and direction in life. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV.

This a great initiative to bring people together and each play a role. “COVID-19 reminds us that we are all interconnected, and that this is a time for solidarity. We need to draw on our collective wisdom, and our collective energy. We want to help
communities self-organise”

Find or start a group near you: http://cptcan.co.za/map

Share issues you are facing or solutions you have, be that with friends or even government and policy makers where needed.

Young healthy people you could offer to shop for elderly, single parents or sick people.

Homemade material masks may not officially trap the virus but could help slow the spread (Sneezez and coughs won’t travel far).

Use your skills and time to get creative. Think about ways you can make a difference with your skills, or use the time to develop new skills. Maybe you can’t help the covid situation directly but there’s a helpful idea or project you’ve been sitting on for a while and now is your chance to make it reality.

  • Government did commit to cattering to the homeless, however this has been a lengthly and difficult process. Many people are still on the streets. Those in temporary shelters are still facing risky and difficult living conditions. In Cape Town, initially the city spoke about setting up multple sites and working with NGO’s. But to make logistics easier they decided to accomodate homeless in one site, The Strandfontein Sport Ground, in large tents. Sanitation, food, ablutions and medical screening and law enforcement is to be supllied. Law enforcemet are also transporting people to the shelter. Previous considered sites are to be considered as future permanent sites and are being made available as medical outlets to communities in need. Persons or organisations wishing to assist with donations can email disaster.donations@capetown.gov.za.
  • The problem is, with thousands of homeless, dealing with addiction withdrawals, mental illnss, illness, etc this is a huge undertaking and is one of many undertakings of the city at this time. There seems to be no appeal for volunteers at this time, however NGO’s are still serving homeless not yet at shelters. See U-Turns response and many more ways to help here: http://homeless.org.za/lockdown
  • If you do come into contact with homeless, advise them that if they do have family they can go to, that they should try, let them know about the cities plan and ask them not to resist police.
  • Some other organization still working with homeless:
    https://www.haven.org.za
    https://www.ladlesoflove.org.za
    https://straatwerk.org.za & Word on The Street: dihewitson@gmail.com [Work with prostitutes mainly]
    https://s-cape.org.za [Human trafficking and abuse victims]
  • Deliver food:
    Yebo Fresh
    Sixty60
    Send a Virtual shopping voucher
  • Are you in an abusive home or in dire need?
    South Africa World HelpLines
    Childline or call: 08000 55 555
    POWA
    Hotline & Emergency Contact: 011 642 4345 | 011 642 4346 | info@powa.co.za | https://s-cape.org.za/ a place for Human trafficking and abuse victims.
  • Covid WhatsApp suppot for South Africans: Say “Hi” to 0600 123 456
  • Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme:
    Call Centre number is 012 337 1997 and email Corona19ters@labour.gov.za
  • For medical enquiries: National Institute for Communicable Diseases 0800 029 999
  • For morale support and community:
    A church or homegroup: Don’t struggle alone, let us put you in contact with someone to talk to: info@churchonmain.org.za. If you’re dealing with depression or suicidal feelings please don’t socially isolate. Talk to a professional, support groups, and someone who can help and us.
  • City Maintanence: 0860 103 089 or contactus@capetown.gov.za
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • City Law Enforcement: 021 480 7700
  • Crime Stop: 08600 10111
  • Electricity: 0860 103 089
  • Fire Dept landline: 107 cell: 021 480 770
  • Metro Police: 10111
  • Poison Info Helpline: 0861 555 777
  • Traffic Dept: 021 480 7700
  • Water: 0860 103 089
  • Solidarity Fund – The Fund will focus efforts to combat the spread of the virus, help us to track the spread,
    care for those who are ill and support those whose lives are disrupted.
    For organisations wishing to make any offers of non cash donations kindly contact
    0860 001 001 between 8am and 6pm South African time. Alternately you can download
    the donation form and mail the completed form to info@solidarityfund.co.za. A donor
    consultant will be in touch with you once we have processed your form. For any queries
    related to non cash donations please contact us on 0860 001 001
  • Email disaster.donations@capetown.gov.za
  • Food Flow
  • Church on Main: COVID-19 Relief Fund
  • See also any NPO/NGO in your area.

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