With the country experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, Dell Technologies has partnered with United Way South Africa (UWSA) to provide 35 000 personal protective equipment (PPE) masks to youth in underserved communities across the country.
Ten reusable cloth masks are included in a pack per household, along with two hand sanitiser concentrates that can be diluted into a two-litre bottle and a COVID-19 safety educational pamphlet. This intervention has enabled UWSA to expand its national footprint, directly impacting households across Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, and now also the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
“This grant will help augment our relief efforts in some of South Africa’s most underserved communities and also serve as a reminder that COVID-19 is still here, and precautions are still important,” says Jerann Naidu, UWSA Community Impact Chairman and Board Member.
Beneficiaries of the PPE packs include primary and high school learners, university and college students as well as the Teddy Bear Clinic, which provides counselling services to victims of child abuse.
Doug Woolley, General Manager – South Africa at Dell Technologies added: “We acknowledge the impact that COVID-19 is having on vulnerable communities and recognise the need for collective support. Through the Dell South Africa Development Fund, we are honoured to play a role in providing United Way South Africa with resources that will make a positive impact on the immediate health, safety and sustainability of our communities.”
“While the challenges we face may seem insurmountable, it is contributions from partners such as Dell Technologies that gives us hope for a better tomorrow,” concludes Naidu.