Ikamva Labantu supports Cape Town communities amid COVID-19
Non profit organisation Ikamva Labantu has been able to reach over 130 000 people through various grassroot interventions amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The City of Cape Town has been hard hit by the pandemic and in particular those who reside in low-income disadvantaged communities.
It has now been nearly three months since Ikamva Labantu has transformed its regular community programmes into a massive COVID-19 emergency relief operation on the ground.
With the support of various donors, including the Embassy of France in South Africa, Ikamva Labantu’s resources and infrastructure have been mobilised to provide food and hygiene packs, educational materials, psycho-social and other support to families in Cape Town.
The senior citizens receive food parcels every two weeks, which are shared with their household members. There is also the challenge of preschools which are still in the process of registration and thus do not receive early learning subsidies from the government.
In this case, 195 preschools have been identified as being in need of essential support. Ikamva Labantu now helps over 7 000 preschool children and 900 childcare workers with monthly food packs and educational resources to support children’s learning and development at home.
Community volunteer mobilisation has also grown in the last two months. The organisation assists 130 neighbourhood feeding sites and 29 afterschool clubs. Collectively, this large volunteer outreach provides vital relief to over 10 000 families.
Ikamva Labantu has been approached by the Department of Health which requested to use one of its seniors clubs as a community testing site.