AfriForum’s Brakpan branch has been involved in several initiatives since the start of the lockdown (27 March 2020) up to 2 April 2020.
The Brakpan branch, in co-operation with the Dalpark Kaléo Dutch Reformed Church, established a central point from where donations such as essential food items and clothing can be co-ordinated. Donations are collected, divided in a suitable and fair way and delivery addresses are provided. Thereafter members of AfriForum’s Brakpan branch are utilised to transport donations to destitute families who require help. About 15 families are already being supported by this initiative. Old colouring books, crayons, toys and games are also distributed to alleviate the impact of the lockdown on toddlers and children.
AfriForum’s counselling services in Brakpan are also supporting people during this crisis time. Chaplain services were offered during 19 drug related cases, as well as three counselling sessions and visits to a temporary safe haven for people who are battling drugs. More than 50 hours of voluntary service have been provided to the community.
Members of the Brakpan branch also worked with Meals-On-Wheels in serving over 500 meals to homeless persons. This included the preparation of meals, practicing social distancing and documenting destitute people who need to be taken to places of safety by the Ekurhuleni Metro.
“It is important for communities to continue assisting each other during the lockdown and to create hope for each other,” says Stephanus (Butch) Blignault, AfriForum’s Disctrict Co-ordinator for the East Rand.