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Protecting lives during Coronavirus

As we prepare this article our world has been turned upside down by a virus. Not HIV, our long-time adversary, but a new and deadly danger

Coronavirus is tightening its grip on overcrowded townships in South Africa. Weakened by HIV and malnutrition, people here are particularly vulnerable to covid-19 

When schools closed we stepped in to educate children on protective handwashing. The lockdown which followed closed our doors for the first time since we began 20 years ago. That was our low point. Income from our guided tours (page 2) dried up overnight. Travel restrictions emptied our busy reservations diary. Families go hungry as wages have stopped for many, children are no longer receiving school meals. Streets are still crowded. Everyone scared but the alternative, in one room with children and extended family and no toilet or running water, is often worse. It’s tough but we have purpose

We’ll fight for our community and we won’t give up. With limited resources, we’re providing basic rations to families in need. Cotton masks offer real practical benefit where social distancing is simply not happening. Made with donated fabrics by sewing co-operatives, we’re distributing as many masks as possible to reduce the chance of those infected infecting others

With your help, we can do more. Our goal is to provide weekly food parcels to each family in need and two masks to every person in our community, young and old

£40 provides a family of 5 with a food parcel each week for a month. £10 provides that family with 10 cotton masks 

Please donate to help us fight coronavirus. Together we can PROTECT LIVES

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