Coronavirus has brought the world to a standstill and crippled the global economy. Many of the world’s most vulnerable people are now at risk of contracting the virus while others have lost their livelihoods as a result of national lockdowns.
At Muslim Hands, we have taken it is as our responsibility to step onto the front line and help serve the nation during this pandemic.
Our immediate response to the pandemic
As part of our Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, we have already distributed 360 food hampers across two main distribution regions and 13 of the most vulnerable local community-based projects, including orphanages, women’s shelters, masjid’s and safe houses.
The first distribution location was in Heideveldd and covered communities living as far as Vygieskraal, Belgravia, and Manenberg.
The second distribution location was in Kalksteenfontein and covered communities living as far as Mitchell’s Plein, Bo Kaap, Strand, Khayelitsha, Harare, and Saldana.
Each food parcel contains essential food items such as oil, milk, flour, sugar and tinned food that can sustain families for a few weeks as well as nappies and baby items.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
As well as food, we have also delivered 50 essential PPE to front line health workers at Vanguard Community Health Centre and Mitchells Plain District Hospital. An additional 400 medical gowns, 4000 gloves, 360 face masks where delivered were also delivered to health workers in Hanover Park, Manenberg, and Athlone.
Together with our volunteers, we are also providing door-to-door deliveries of essential medication to caregivers and the elderly, as well as distributing immune booster supplements in old-age homes.
Here are some photos of our latest distribution:
South Africa’s battle with Covid-19 is not over
Despite having a relatively low number of confirmed cases, (2000 reported cases and nearly 30 deaths so far), South Africa’s battle against Coronavirus is far from over. More than a quarter of the country’s population suffer from underlying medical conditions like TB and HIV, placing them at an even greater risk of critical illness and mortality upon contracting the virus.
Following the government hygiene and social distancing guidelines to slow the spread of the virus is almost impossible for the majority of those living in crowded townships. Helpless families living in informal settings have little access to clean water for hand washing and lack access to decent healthcare facilities, further increasing their health risks.
Further to the public health crisis caused by the virus, the extended government lockdown has brought the national economy to its knees, putting many people out of work and unable to provide essential food and medication to look after their families’.
The situation is set to get worse before it gets better and its critical that we all pull together and play our part in helping the nation survive this pandemic. Your support can help us reach even more people in need. Even though you are staying home, and staying safe, you can still make a big difference to the less fortunate by making a donation today.
Remember; The Prophet (saw) said,‘Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity’. (Tirmidhi)