WLSA Foundation shares the festive joy with underprivileged families in Atteridgeville, Pretoria
On the 18th December 2020, the Women Leaders South Africa (WLSA) Foundation shared the festive joy by providing food parcels to five (5) families in dire situations in the surrounding communities of Atteridgeville.
As we faced the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals lost their jobs, leaving some households destitute with no income to provide for their basic necessities and sustain themselves during the lockdown. In efforts to respond to the hunger crisis, and in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) One (1), to end poverty in all its forms everywhere and Goal Two (2), to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, the WLSA Foundation ensured relief and stimulus packages reached underprivileged and most vulnerable families in the community, where child-headed households, the elderly, and the unemployed were prioritized.
Among those that received assistance was an unemployed 21-year-old female, who is the sole guardian of her younger brother, cousin, and her two-year-old toddler. The family depends on social grants, which are not sufficient to provide adequate and nutritious food, pay the rent and electricity, as well as assist with other household basic needs.
Over 30 individuals benefited from this initiative, with each family receiving groceries worth R450, which included maize meal, cooking oil, sugar, rice, tin fish and baked beans, washing powder and bath soaps, vegetables and some treats for the children to enjoy. Donors were able to contribute as little as R20 towards the cause, which translated into R2500 worth of donations.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, a 58-year-old elderly male said, “We are extremely grateful to Women Leaders South Africa Foundation and everyone who has assisted in ensuring we have something to eat this festive season. We are excited that we are going to have a great Christmas this year. God bless you and may he bless the hands which provided us with the food parcels”.
Women Leaders South Africa Foundation would like to extend its sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the Festive Food Parcel Drive.