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How NGOs and municipalities have rallied together for humanitarian relief

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During his presentation to the President’s Coordinating Council, Premier Alan Winde listed some of the ways in which municipalities and civil society organizations have come together to assist Western Cape residents with humanitarian relief during this lockdown period.

“Over 1.2 million meals have been provided to children across the Western Cape through our emergency school feeding programme, and so far 134 515 food parcels and nearly 200 000 daily cooked meals have been provided to beneficiaries in the province”said Winde.

He mentioned that this was achieved through a combination of civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, private donors, SASSA, the Solidarity Fund, the Provincial and National Departments of Social Development, the Western Cape Education Department, municipalities and businesses.

Winde added that municipalities across the Western Cape have provided humanitarian relief to its most vulnerable residents.”We provide support to homeless people in shelters through our funded partners. The Department of Social Development funds 27 shelters with 1 499 bed spaces,” said the Premier.

“The Department is also working with NGO’s, to provide extra mattresses, food, and care packs to the poor. For the lockdown period, an additional family shelter was established to provide accommodation for up to 120 family members. We are currently funding 20 shelters for survivors of Gender-Based Violence, and they have provided additional Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) to 110 Old Age Homes,” he said.

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