Support to South-African civil society organisations during the Covid19 crisis

The French Embassy, through the Civil Society Development Fund, is supporting South African organisations working to strengthen democratic governance and social cohesion through the promotion of human rights, access to justice, improvement of local governance and public participation.

Around the world, people’s lives have been disrupted because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the most vulnerable communities carry a disproportionate burden.

In May 2020, the French Embassy provided emergency funding to the four following NGOs for the implementation of their relief programs during the Covid19 crisis and the lockdown:

1. Adonis Musati Project: Their Covid19 relief response aims to support 200 vulnerable women, with food aid and other essentials items, including shelter, as well as to support financially 20 female entrepreneurs who have lost their income due to Covid-19.

2. Ikamva Labantu: Their emergency nutritional support project ensures children from unregistered pre-schools and their families in the Cape region are not left behind and do not go hungry. Learn more.

3. Lawyers Against Abuse: The organisation’s staff received training about Covid-19 and is working closely with the local Community Policing Forum team to implement a two-month door-to-door campaign against gender-based violence in Diepsloot.

4. The Wot-if?Trust: Their social media campaign entitled “Covid in the Kasi” mobilizes eight creatives from Diepsloot to produce daily digital content in order to keep people of the township informed and connected during the lockdown.

The French Embassy is proud to support these partner organisations which found new ways to help the most vulnerable communities and to continue their vital work during these trying times.

publie le 23/06/2020

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