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. Pray for each other, support each other, love each other.
“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 [King James Version].
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
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.
Donate your computers processing power to run simulations for studies of disease, including COVID-19: https://foldingathome.org/covid19
Basically you’re helping to figure out how the virus works, so it can be countered. You will need to install software which automatically does the work for you. Note; this will use more electricity but will only use your processing power when your PC is idle.
Church on Main Social Justice: https://churchonmain.org.za.www27.jnb2.host-h.net/social-justice/
A running facebook post of places to support: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CapeTownTogether/permalink/219493219155125/
A website that lists NPO’s globally: https://www.globalnpo.org/ZA/Cape-Town/245744
One Love Sign up to volunteer
Ask for help and support people directly with https://www.thechangemakers.co.za
Young healthy people you could offer to shop for elderly, single parents or sick people.
Volunteer for a helpline service: LifeLine has started receiving 4000 calls daily since lockdown, usually that figure is around 200. They do take volunteers and they assist via email and phone: https://lifeline.co.za/i-can-help
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 catering to the homeless; but has since closed the Strandfontein Sportsground site and sent those willing to various smaller shelters in the City. Those in temporary shelters are still facing risky and difficult living conditions and many people have gone back to their desperate and/or addicted situations on the street.
With up to 2 000 homeless people dealing with addiction withdrawals, mental illness, TB, etc, there is always need of holistic support. Don’t provide money if you can offer food or buy the needs yourself, as many homeless addictions are supported by money handouts. See U-Turn’s response and many more ways to help here.
Sources at https://streetpeoplesforum.org.za have informed that religious organisations and NGO’s are now allowed to accommodate homeless people. Although I don’t have a public announcement source, an email from Dr Zahid Badroodien, MMC: Community Services & Health, City of Cape Town to https://streetpeoplesforum.org.za said:
“If there are churches or other organisations who would like to help to take care of the homeless community then they are encouraged to do so. They do not need permission from the city to open up their doors. I encourage our church leaders to consider this as an option to help house our homeless who are still on the streets.” .
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to see that email.
Learn more from the MMC: Community Services & Health’s Facebook Page.
www.yebofresh.co.za [Certain areas only, see if they need volunteers]
Send a virtual shopping voucher: https://www.checkers.co.za
Solidarity Fund – As promoted by the President
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.
Taxpayers who donate to the Solidarity Fund will be able to claim up to an additional 10 percent as a deduction from their taxable income.For any queries related to non-cash donations, please contact us on 0860 001 001