Thousands of community members within rural Zululand have lost their jobs due to the economic impact of the Covid19 National Shutdown. These communities rely heavily on tourism-related industries and with the uncertainty over when the tourism industry will begin operating the outlook for these communities is extremely concerning.
Thanda Foundation Trust distributed over 4,800 kilograms of food aid within the Hlabisa Big Five and Jozini Municipalities to assist in combating the Covid19 devastation within rural Zululand.
The food aid was divided into 120 individual parcels consisting of 10kg of maize meal, 10kg of rice, 7kgs of potatoes 5kg of sugar, 5kg of beans, baked beans, pilchards, sunlight washing liquid, tea and 2liters of cooking oil. The potatoes were a very generous donation from Five Ways Superspar, Empangeni.
The food parcels were transported from Empangeni to Hluhluwe where they were separated by 5 unemployed youth from the area. A guiding principle of Thanda Foundation Trust is empowering communities through job creation which the Trust ensured was carried through into the Covid19 relief initiative.
Working closely with both the municipalities, tribal leaders and local churches, the most deserving beneficiaries were identified for delivery of the food parcels. The beneficiaries were extremely grateful for the food aid and commented on the excellent quality of the food.
In addition to the food relief, two face masks were included with each parcel. These face masks were locally made through the Thanda Foundation Trust mask initiative.
An undertaking of this size is no easy feat and it was only through working together with the local municipalities, tribal leaders and businesses that such a successful outcome was achieved. The collaboration between all those involved was truly inspiring and Thanda Safari, through Thanda Foundation Trust was extremely proud to have spearheaded the project and will continue to provide assistance and empowerment to the local communities.