Although the positive cases of Covid-19 in our province are relatively low, the economic impact is great. Markets and businesses have been closed resulting in loss of produce for the farmers. Many small business owners are greatly affected as well since many have taken out loans to start of their businesses. With the businesses closed, they are no longer able to pay their monthly debts. Poverty, hunger, malnutrition and lack of health care are immediate results, which will have a long-term impact.
We are thankful that through the help extended by CRWRF the New Hope foundation was able to distribute food and hygiene packages to those whose needs are highest
The food packages provide immediate relief to families struggling to have their daily nutritious meals. The hygiene packages provide families taking care of basic hygiene care.
Two ladies were sitting in the sun, just outside a hut. When the patient saw us carrying the box with food she started to cry; soon tears were literally streaming down her face. God had answered her prayers, because there was no food in the house and it would be another week before her monthly government grant payment (SASSA, social assistance) would come through.
Trusting our Father in heaven also through these difficult times, we would like to conclude with Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble… He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”
Food parcels are being sent out to those in need. None of the children in the Rescue Centre have become sick. The staff and volunteers are also well. We continue to pray for the work being done there as they struggle with the economic downfalls with rent not being paid, unemployment, and high food prices.