KZN Flood relief update May 2022

We had a bumper weekend of hard work, great team work and lots of fun. Amazing Team work once again from volunteers joining from different organizations. A Big Heart filled Thank You to everyone that helped.

Volunteers attended on Saturday and Sunday respectively to pack 1000 hampers (500 into buckets and 500 into bags). It is difficult to articulate in words the vibe and energy that everyone experienced.  We even managed to celebrate Gurudev’s birthday in the process.

  • Distribution has now started and we want to do this as swiftly as possible.
  • For those communities that have water issues and those in rural areas, the hampers in Buckets would be most appropriate.
  • One of the volunteers facilitated the sponsorship of 1000 packets of Movite cereal and 1200 X 5L water which will be added to our distribution efforts.

With regards to distribution and Relief activities this weekend:

Saturday- 21 May 2022

  1. 70 hampers to be delivered at a place called Damat which is in Savana Park.
  2. Thereafter we are visiting a community in Pinetown who have been badly affected by the floods to assess their need.
  3. 70 hampers for Riet River which is in Ottowa. Volunteers who live around that area and are available to assist. There is also clothes to sort out into males/females/children and different sizes.

Sunday 22 May 2022

  1. Going to Inanda to drop off food in a hall that is housing about 400 people.
  2. A team of volunteers from Blackburn are fetching 200 buckets together with 7 packets for Tongaat.
  3. Blackburn is close to Conorbia/Gateway so for those that are up North and want to assist, please do join in. Again volunteers can assist with sorting out clothes.

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Update on our Bikers With A Purpose Project

The 3rd Bike Run has already taken place from Cape Town to Barrydale by the IAHV Bikers with A Purpose.  Funds are collected by receiving donations from sponsors, the bikers and their supporters and fundraising activities. The funds are used to support underprivileged school children and communities, plant trees, establish vegetable gardens, and provide meals.

  • 7 boxes of library books was donated to the one of the schools in Barrydale.
  • Our Partner Ladles of Love delivered 550kgs of food to Net vir Pret and additional 420kgs of food to Ebenaeser Club for the Elderly in Smitsville.
  • 45 school children were provided with school uniforms and basic essentials to attend school.
  • Discussions were held with a group of women, Disadvantaged African Women Network (DAWN) to explore ways of supporting them.
  • Commitments for planting trees and establish vegetable gardens.
  • An entertainment program was drawn up by Net vIr Pret to entertain the bikers and their supporters.

The 4th Bikers Run With A Purpose for 2022 – will be taking place on 28th May 2022

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Siyaphambili Day Care and Pre-school

Lerato Feeding Scheme project in Jackson Drift, Eikenhof which has now changed to Siyaphambili Day Care and Pre-school. This school has 130 children from the ages of 2-6 years and depends on donations and veggies they receive and cooks daily on the premises for the children.  Volunteers sponsored groceries, milk, fruits and vegetables.

Furthermore, we also donated to the Boithuto Vulnerable Community in Eikenhof, formed in 2012 and is still running. This Centre assists vulnerable children and adults with care, providing social and moral support. Approximately 120 kids including 45 elderly are provided with breakfast and lunch.

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Update on the KZN Flood Relief

Last Saturday, five organizations collaborated and delivered various essential items to 200 families and 150 children in a rural community, in Ixopo.  Ixopo is a town situated on a tributary of the Mkhomazi River in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

This included T-shirts for children, face painting, games, groceries and much more. It was a well-planned event with representation from the local Chief, Teachers and the community.

Thirty five volunteers met from 5.30am to pack the items and left to Ixopo with a convoy of 12 vehicles.

The organizations were:

  • United Ways
  • The SAI group
  • International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
  • Nelson Mandela Youth Centre
  • Revolution Motor Club

Thank you to all our volunteers who attended and assisted.

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