Khayelitsha Community Action Network

Involved alumni:

The challenge that the project addresses

School children, unemployed persons, the elderly and those who are differently abled, living in 13 informal settlements in and around Khayelitsha in Cape Town, have been made more vulnerable by the pandemic. They need access to clean water. Children no longer obtain meals at school, so they need access to food. It’s also important that information about the virus is made accessible to all citizens irrespective of their ability, and that community members can protect themselves from infection by the virus.

What is your project doing to respond to this challenge?

  1. We’ve engaged relevant stakeholders regarding access to clean water. Most of the informal settlements have received jojo tanks and may access clean water to cook or wash their hands.
  2. Health education, do’s and don’ts to prevent the spreading and contracting of COVID-19.
  3. Providing masks and educational pamphlets.
  4. Most children were being fed through the school nutrition program however since schools closed on the 17th of March 2020, they haven’t been getting meals. We also run a soup kitchen which focuses specifically on feeding these children and other community members who do not have food.
  5. Campaigns on social media for those who have the means to donate to assist us with any resources they have available that would ensure we continue we distribute food parcels and the kitchen caters for as many people as possible.
  6. Other volunteers are sent out to distribute masks and pamphlets to community members. This also includes educating community members on the do’s and don’ts to help prevent the spread and contraction of COVID-19.

Describe the project's impact

  • The main impact is minimizing the spread and contraction of COVID-19 by any means possible as this would have dire consequences on those who stay in informal settlements.
  • The best interest of the child is of paramount importance and we’re making sure these beneficiaries/ children are well nourished and their immune systems are built up.
  • The dignity of young girls who cannot afford or have access to a basic need such as sanitary towels is protected.
  • As many community members as possible are reached and served, and we have tried to ensure that no one goes to bed with an empty stomach.