A brief look back at 2021 tells us that Covid19 has disrupted many things in South Africa, especially when it comes to that vulnerable group of people living in townships. Poverty and unemployment were already a major problem and have certainly not diminished. The necessary closure of schools also did not contribute to the well-being of the Bambanani children. In short, a year to quickly forget…
Fortunately, we were able to help a little with the Bambanani Emergency Fund. Thanks to all the donations to the Emergency Fund, we did not have to lay off teaching staff. With a guaranteed basic income, we were able to support them financially during this difficult phase. Thanks to the food aid from the emergency fund, all Bambanani children survived the Corona period. We are, however, confronted with a considerable mortality among the parents of school-age children, a sad and harsh message.
Schools have been open again since the end of 2021 and we are currently seeing roughly 35% fewer children coming to school. On the one hand, because the fear is still there. On the other hand, because the financial space for parents has become even smaller and they simply cannot pay the school fees.
Schools will remain open in 2022 for the time being. We have purchased Covid protection packages for all schools that cannot afford it themselves. Extensive investments have als been made in the Food Program for 2022, so that sufficiently varied food is available at all schools.
We are doing everything we can to continue to be that safe haven in 2022 where children receive attention, comfort, food and education.