Etafeni continues to serve as the beacon of hope for our impoverished communities by assisting with the necessary services such as counselling support, food parcels, dignity packs, hygiene kits and health related services such distribution of chronic medication, screening for COVID19, and home-based care. As most of our beneficiaries have been impacted negatively by COVID-19 as they lost their income because they are seasonal workers such as farm workers, restaurant waiters, and retail cashiers etc. Etafeni has been assisting with providing Food parcels donated by generous supporters and friends of Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust.
The community we serves has high numbers of unemployment and hunger levels, as they struggle with poverty, crime and securing employment. Most of our beneficiaries relied on the meal offered at Etafeni as they participated in the activities, and now with our activities paused as a result of COVID-19, we as Etafeni are concerned about the children in our ECD and OVC/Afterschool programmes; as well as the young people and women attending our skills training programmes.
Although some of our staff members are operating remotely, our Community Health Workers are continuing to provide home based care support and services to the vulnerable group in our communities, by delivering chronic medication to them door to door, which helps reduce overcrowding and exposure in the local clinics. They are also serving as Frontline on the fight against COVID-19 by provide screening services, referring people to testing sites for COVID-19 and helping in tracing contracts of people that tested positive.
Our Social Workers are also offering Psycho-social support telephonically to children survivors of rape and sexual abuse; and their families. We are also reaching out to the children participating in the ECD, OVC, and afterschool telephonically to continue offering support services.
Etafeni Day Care Centre has been overwhelmed with requests for food parcels. COVID-19 and the impact of lockdown, has had a demoralising outcome on already vulnerable families and children. Incomes have been lost, especially in the informal economy, and interruptions in social grant pay-outs in May further burdened poorer households. Cases of child abuse and domestic abuse have escalated since the announcement of the lockdown. The organisation is also struggling to secure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our Community Health Workers as retailers have increased their prices and/or have ran out of PPE.
Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust has more than 500 direct beneficiaries that depended on them daily for a meal and the number seems to increase daily as community members look to the Centre for help during this crisis. As an organisation, we would like to help our beneficiaries and community, and to be able to do that we need your help. We call on you the friends of Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust to continue to help us in our efforts to do more. Individuals, businesses, trusts, corporates, investors, we need you. Financial and in-kind product donations are all welcome.
To help a child or family in need, kindly donate to the Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust COVID-19 Response Fund. See below the Bank Accounts for Donation
Name of Bank: Standard Bank
Name of Account Holder: Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust
Account Number: 072963018
Branch Name: Rondebosch
Branch Code: 025009