CHINTSA COVID-19 COMMUNITY SUPPORT
The Chintsa COVID-19 Community Support Programme aims to minimise the risk of health-vulnerable people from getting infected; to help flatten the infection curve among the rest of us; and to provide support to people needing help in these extraordinary times.
This process is being supported and coordinated by a group of (unpaid) volunteers, which is liaising with a broader network providing additional support. Currently the various initiatives include awareness raising, surveying households to collect information on who may be vulnerable to the virus and who is in need of food support, as well as engaging spaza shop owners and taxi drivers on virus-safe practices. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been coordinating the distribution of food parcels to households in need, which has been a massive undertaking. Going forward, we are looking into linking the spaza shops with local farmers to improve healthier food options as well as supplying seedlings for household gardens, and preparing quarantine sites and other support necessary for when the virus starts to spread.
Chintsa East Soup Kitchen and African Angels Independent School are partners in this endeavor. The Department of Health, Great Kei Municipality and the local ward committee are all supportive of the programme.
For more information, or to find out how to get involved, follow us on Facebook or contact:
Sam Bailey (English): +27 (0) 60 520 1480,
Zanele Bosch (isiXhosa and English): +27 (0) 72 084 0808
Ole Bosch (English and Dutch): +27 (0)83 595 6201