The Hidden Costs of Covid

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Avuxeni one and all, thank you so much for all of your support both to our new comers and also to those who have been with us over the years.

A special thank you to those who have supported us on a monthly basis, you have made all of this possible, THANK YOU so much.I want to give you some back ground on the province of Limpopo to put into perspective the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Limpopo is one of the poorest provinces in the country of South Africa.  The unemployment rate is very high and forces most people in the province to rely on child support grants.

If you can imagine, the unemployment rates before COVID was as high at 31% in 2019…now, that number has tripled over these last 90 days. The youth aged 15–24 years are the most vulnerable in the South African labour market. With unemployment so high to start off 2020 and now with many businesses having closed their doors permanently plus casual labourers having no work, the crime rate has escalated, domestic, sexual, drug and alcohol abuse has spiked as people deal with this crisis.

The cost of basic foods has also escalating due to Covid and with the future uncertainty of food insecurity due to the planned modified lockdown expected until at least September, we are launching our Food 4Life program to mitigate the impact of the rise in overall food costs and assist with food security for the poorest of the poor within the communities we serve. The Food 4Life program will:

1. Provide long term sustainable source of food for families

2. Build the immune system and assist in reducing the impact of Covid

This time of year is our dry season which means that water is not readily available, fortunately the program requires grey water (recycled) so this is important for sustainability of the project. Due to the virus the government has increased the supply of water to the communities in which we work and we will capture and recycle as much as possible to conserve so that  post Covid there will be water available to sustain the Food4Life program. 

In the midst of this devastating virus, Keep The Dream196 is working harder than ever to be a beacon of hope, inspiration and solution. Our work is needed now more than ever and we have never been prouder to be able to serve our communities in a very real and impactful way. Your support is appreciated and so essential to. We want you to know that you are making a huge difference right now.

We are asking all of our partners for a gift of $100 that will go directly to The Food 4Life program that we are launching. This program will create a bank of food and nourishment for the surrounding communities to be able to feed their children and families.  

Your contribution will enable us to even provide employment to some in the community to help with the growing and distribution of the food. The lack of food security and nourishment particularly for the 66% of South Africans (particularly women and children) who live below the poverty line and in extreme poverty means growth stunting of children has reached 40% nationally. If we help one child to eat better, they then perform well at school; pay attention to learning. They are receiving the nourishment their growing bodies require to develop cognitively, intellectually, emotionally and physically. Developmental Stunting affects 40% of all children under the age of 18yrs in South Africa.

We invite you to visit our website and our Facebook Page ….. Where you will see how your support is impacting lives in a very real way.  If you can’t do $100, a contribution of any amount will help us reach our goal of $20,000.  All of the monies raised will be used to feed families, create a sustainable food source and give some employment.

Thank you in advance for your continued partnership.  Together we are solving real program, having huge impact and Keeping Dreams alive.