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COVID-19 Distress Relief

Some days work start at 04:00 am and continues past 01:00 am.

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We feed the hungry – hunger has no specific colour, race or religion.

We would like to thank all the volunteers that have jumped in to help us provide distress relief to the homeless, the drug rehabilitation centre, families and otherwise distressed.

 

“I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God.

– Ezekiel 34:15 –

1 May 2020

My family and I have been dealing with lockdown for 6 weeks – 42 days without a single day break. We have not even had 30 minutes to ourselves. This has been particularly hard on my children.

Some days work start at 04:00 am and continues past 01:00 am.

We are beyond tired – exhausted is not even a proper description of how we feel. We are tired on all levels – physically, emotionally and mentally.

We deal with devastating distress – emotions, medical calls of people fainting due to not having food, sick children and elderly people. Not a single day goes by without dealing with some sort of disaster caused by  distress.

At the moment we are providing distress support parcels to between 120 – 200 individuals and 20 – 100 families on a daily basis. Households consist of any number of between 1 – 11 people.

To give you an idea – we have fed over 6 000 meals to the homeless alone. These are meals that go out every day at around 5 pm.

We would like to thank all the volunteers that have jumped in to help us provide distress relief to the homeless, the drug rehabilitation centre, families and otherwise distressed. They  help to source, pack and deliver distress relief parcels to families. We cannot do this without you. We thank you for all you are doing – we know it is hard on you.

I have been told by many to take a break and just rest. I understand we all need to rest and take time out it is important. But unfortunately we are in terrible times and we need to be responsible. We cannot allow to many people to have contact with the families and individuals we feed due to the high risk of Covid 19.

To give you an idea – This is what a typical day Healing Waters Foundation entails:

  • Waking up to a phone that often has hundreds of requests for food. As much as we would love to help every request we receive, we are not always able to. Funding is a huge problem and we can only assist with a limited amount of requests. We create a list and contact each person telephonically, to establish the specific needs. Once we have identified the specific needs, we start packing the distress relief packages for those families so that we can deliver it later during the day.
  • On a daily basis, we need to ensure that we have at least 200 meals prepared for the individuals that are fed throughout the duration of the day.
  • We prepare 30 meals for the drug rehabilitation centre.
  • Some families are assisted on a weekly basis with food parcels.
  • We collect food and veggies for the informal settlement that has 350 individuals (115 households) that need to receive some sort of food parcel on a weekly basis.
  • Collecting and buying stock that we re-pack.
  • Delivery of food parcels.
  • Handing out of food parcels and meals to people arriving at our premises.
  • Handing out of food to the homeless.
  • Delivery of food at the drug rehabilitation centre.
  • Delivery and collection of essentials at other NPO’s.
  • Buying Shoprite vouchers for those in need that we cannot get to.
  • Medical calls and counselling.

This only captures the typical things we deal with on a daily basis. We are not complaining at all. Just remember that, when we seem a little down and not ourselves, to please take into account that this is how our days have been for 6 weeks non-stop.

We are also just human and we are also battling to deal with everything specially on the emotional side. It has really been hard to see what we see and deal with daily. We have had to deal with people crying over food something that is a basic need and everyone should have access to. Driving into an area and people standing in a line waiting for a food parcel it is beyond heart breaking and devasting to say the least. Thanking you several times for a small food parcel. The need is now bigger than ever before. Children screaming the uncle and aunty is here with the food running and thanking you. Immediately looking into the bags what there is to eat. The hardest for me was when a 5 year old said thank you I don’t have to worry about food now. It is heart wrenching and destroying, no matter how big or strong you think you are those volunteers working with us have all experienced these days and we have all cried together. Believe me when I say it is hard doing this everyday.

We feed the hungry – hunger has no specific colour, race or religion.

Please help us as we really in desperate need of funding and stock to be able to continue to feed the people. We only have enough funding and food to help this week still then we are out of funds and supplies. We cannot do this without your help. Please if you have a R10 to spare please help us bring hope to the hopeless.

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