WHO IS THIS SHIPMENT HELPING?

In one of the most violent slums on the outskirts of a notoriously violent South African city, a community group reached out into one school to support and comfort girls who were victims of violence.  This modest beginning has since grown to include more schools, programmes for boys to give them hope of a life outside criminal gangs, careers guidance, vocational training, a soup kitchen, and support of overstretched and underfunded local clinics.  This partner was already stretched to capacity when Covid-19 lockdowns hit like a thunderbolt, shutting off transport links to parts of the city where many people were employed in minimum wage jobs.

This NGO has appealed to us for help not only for their own work in schools and immediate poverty relief, but also on behalf of medical facilities like that pictured below.

This shipment will include school furniture, stationery, computers and other equipment, clothing, shoes and household items for the most vulnerable in the community, and medical/ office furniture & equipment, electrical appliances, linens and computers for the medical centers.


Mapula (on the right) is a gifted student but had always assumed that attending university was an unattainable dream – in her family’s 6 metre square shack there was not even space to study, let alone money for books, classes or transport.

Through one of our partner’s projects she received career guidance and assistance in applying for financial assistance.  She is now studying for a Bachelor of Education at one of South Africa’s top universities.

This shipment will include goods to support more students like Mapula in achieving their goals and escaping poverty.

 


The government provided funds to build and staff this clinic as well as providing essential medicines , but there has been very little funding for furniture and equipment.

There are 42 medical staff serving a population of more than 800,000.

Our partners have appealed for help in providing equipment for this and 2 similar facilities in their area.

 

 


Baking and cooking classes provided by our partner are a good basis for young people wanting to start their own business in a district where few people have cooking facilities at home.

A local street in the area where our partner works.


S5559

Population: 57 million
Largest city: Johannesburg (pop. 9.8 million)

There are 3 capital cities – Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial)

South Africa has the most unequal income distribution in the world, with a Gini coefficient of 63. There are 11 official languages. isiZulu is the one most commonly spoken in homes and English is the lingua franca of commerce and administration.

Covid-19 lockdowns have reversed many of the economic gains made over the last two decades.

Sources: CIA Factbook, Wikipedia.

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SHIPMENT FEEDBACK

Togo is heavily dependent on agriculture, but with its economy tied to the export of cash crops often even basic foodstuffs must be imported. This is a serious challenge in a country where 55% of people live below the international poverty line and many struggle to afford the daily necessities to support themselves and their families. Exacerbating the issue of poverty, there is a severe lack of access to education and healthcare amongst Togo’s rural communities, with many rural schools and clinics being forced to operate without essential basic equipment, and diseases such as malaria spreading rampantly.

For almost 20 years our NGO partners have been active in Togo trying to bring about change by strengthening the capacity of local communities. They work with villages to address the challenges that the people are facing head on, establishing educational programmes to teach skills and raise awareness of disease prevention, equipping schools and clinics with necessary tools and support, and building facilities necessary for effective sanitation and clean water access. Using the goods that they received in this shipment, our partners have been able to provide such assistance to the village of Goubi.

“Previously only 60 patients per year came to Goubi clinic for healthcare or pregnancy check-ups, but since the arrival of the new medical equipment the number of patients visiting has increased by 80%”– NGO Coordinator

(Above 1st pic) A new born baby rests on one of the hospital beds received in this shipment and provided to our partners’ clinic. (Above 2nd pic) A nurse at the clinic working comfortably from his new desk and chair donated as part of this shipment.

 

Before this shipment was received, Goubi was confronted with various problems which were outlined by our partners: Over 91.5% of the population were poor and lived on less than US$1 per day, less than 7% of the pupils in the village had a school bag, less than 20% of the population had a decent footwear, the very old and small clinic was not equipped, and less than 1% of the population had a suit.

This shipment has greatly contributed to the reduction of poverty in Goubi in many ways, for example by providing sewing machines, which are being used by local women to sew clothes to sell. Furthermore, the various goods donated to the clinic have contributed to reducing the death rate in the village, and many children have been born safely since the shipment was received.

The donations received have contributed to the development of the village and have directly affected the lives of over 2600 people, saving them around US$25,000 in collective investments. These goods are greatly appreciated, and will continue to provide benefits to the people of Goubi for many years to come.

FURTHER IMPACT

“My name is Mary and I am a nurse at Goubi Clinic. I am grateful for this donation to our clinic because previously it was difficult without appropriate hospital furniture. Now we have brand new medical beds and our babies are resting peacefully” – Obiadje Mary, pictured above

 

Representatives from our partner NGO’s organisation distribute goods in Goubi.

 

Some of the beneficiaries in Goubi pose for a photo at one of our partner’s distribution events.

 

(Above 1st pic) Joseph, a life-long resident of Goubi, receives a new pair of shoes. (Above 2nd pic) New hospital beds arrive at the clinic.

Reference No. : S4394

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