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As the drought continues, hunger and poverty remains a great reality in Namaqualand.
Gift of the Givers distributes 300 Food Parcels to Lepelsfontein and Goodhouse. The people in these very remote villages were extremely thankful for this donation.
Total Project Value: R450 000.00.
The drought situation in the country is impacting greatly on many communities. Gift of the Givers delivered bottled water and drilled a borehole in Kroonstad.
Presently, we are busy with drilling a borehole in Northern Cape. Our drillers are now surveying Vryheid where the need is absolutely huge. A borehole, several JoJo tanks and bottled water will be the main intervention soon. Greytown and
Kroonstad has virtually one week of water left for the town and surrounding districts. It is in a desperate state of emergency. Water is pumped from the river into the dam. Both the river and dam are now dry. Gift of the Givers trucks have been dispatched this morning to deliver bottled water to the area. Any further contribution of bottled water from the public will
Sonkeshana Primary, Queen Kamsweli Primary and Usuthu schools n Nongoma receive:
13000 litres of Water and 576 x 24g PS Chocolates were distributed in West Cliff and Savanna Park in Chatsworth.
In a Limpopo village near Polokwane the Gift of the Givers team delivered 300 x 50 kg bags of Animal Feed. We were graced by the presence of the MEC of Social Development, Mrs Joyce Mashamba, and Limpopo's First Lady, Mrs Maggie Mathabatha.Read more
On World Water Day the team visited 2 schools in KZN, Greytown Primary and Kranskop Primary. 24000 litres of bottled water, 2000 food parcels, 2200 Personal Hygiene Packs and 100 cases of chocolates were distributed to the children. Parents were emotional as they weren't expecting to receive such a variety of items. This distribution was done in partnership with Tiger Brands and Shoprite.
Water isRead more
1000 people at the Embalenhle Hostel in Vryheid received 20 000lts of water from Gift of the Givers.\r\n
Gift of the Givers distributes 23 000lts of water to 1000 recipients in Vuwani & Samyela in Vryheid. The community also received 1000 Personal Hygiene Packs and 167 Cases x 24 Ps Chocolates.
The Gift of the Givers team made 2 stops in Zululand where 2 000 people received much needed drought relief aid. The team was accompanied by Shoprite who served each individual soup and bread.
Gift of the Givers together with The Mercury & Build It distribute drought relief aid to the Mercury Hibberdene Childrens Holiday Home in KZN. The holiday home caters for underprivileged children who, during their stay, enjoy care, nutritious meals and fun in the sun over the school holidays.
The Verulam community receives the following Drought Relief aid from Gift of the Givers:
This is Brandfort, a town in Freestate, where farmers are devastated by the effects of the drought. The land mourns for fields that are ruined, the ground is dry, and the mealie and sun flower plants that were supposed to be at shoulder height during this time of year, lie flat and dead. The financial burden is heavy to bear as grazing fields are barren and farmers are forced to sell theirRead more
In Uthungulu, Zululand, Mbangayiya Secondary School receives the following Drought Relief package:
We continue our Drought Relief and Education program in the Swartland area where we distributed 600 x 5 lt bottles of water from Shukrul Mubeen Mosque to 600 families in Illingulethu community in Malmesbury. Gift of the Givers also handed out:
Kranskop Primary School in Greytown, KZN, receives 8000 litres of water from Gift of the Givers.
Nhlazatshe and Snathing communities in Pietermaritzburg run a garden project. This has proven almost impossible as the country faces the worst drought in years. Gift of the Givers distributes 5000 litres of water, 10 Food Parcels Detergent Packs and Personal Hygiene Packs.
Gift of the Givers installs a borehole in Qwa Qwa which currently pumps a capacity of 10 000 litres of water per hour sustaining approximately 1000 families per day. This is our 7th borehole drilled for drought relief.Read more
Qwa Qwa is currently under heavy pressure because the Fika-Patso dam, their primary source of water, is almost empty.
The Gift of the Givers team has made 2 deliveries in Qwa Qwa thus far. The 1st was in the Riverside and Mandela Park communities which received 25000 litres of water and farmers 20 x 50kg bags of Animal Feed. Our 2nd visit was to the Kudumane community where we handed out 1000 sweetRead more
Lakeside Park Primary School receives 8000 litres of water and a large Detergent Pack. Each learner also received PS Chocolates. Shoprite assisted the Gift of the Givers team with the distribution.
Masakhane Secondary School in Verulam, KZN, receives 6000 litres of water, 173 Personal Hygiene Packs and Bulk Food.
A total contribution of 37000lts of water was distributed with the team from Pick and Pay to the Bhokwe and Enkangaza communities and hospital in Vryheid. Pick n Pay donated 27000lts of water.
Mangaung faces a challenge as a major water pipe burst and people in the surrounding areas have been without water for 2 days. Gift of the Givers has had numerous request for assistance so the team took 500 x 5lt bottles of water to the Rocklands community and 1500 x 5lt bottles of water to Reddersburg.
Port Shepstone Junior Primary School initiated a collection drive and handed over 2000lts of bottled water to Gift of the Givers. The water was distributed to a small village called Dutini in Bizana, Eastern Cape. The village has no water and sanitation nor electricity. The community shares a water hole, approximately 1m x 1m, with pigs and cattle.
Gift of the Givers agreed to sponsor 9 VIP toilets
The Muslim Students Association, SRC and other bodies at the University of Free State collected 3000 x 5L bottled water. The water was handed over to Gift of the Givers by Mrs Jansen, wife of the VC, Prof Jansen. The students are now targeting 15000 bottles and have challenged other campuses in SA to come up with their own campaigns.
Having identified a water shortage due to problems with infrastructure, the Gift of the Givers team set out to distribute to the schools in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch on 10 February.
Our aid reached 1750 recipients from the Pieter Langeveldt and Cloetesville Primary Schools as well as the Dorothea Training Center for special needs students and consisted of:
The situation in Springfontein is still very challenging as communities go without water for up to 7 days. Today we strategically place water tanks in various spots to help ease the cry for water.
|Thatohatsi Preston School||1000lt|
|Springfontein Secondary School||5000lt|
25 000 litres of water distributed to the Matubatuba in Zululand.Read more
The distribution of 700 x 5 litres of water to the impoverished community of Bella Vista, a suburb in Ceres, was very well received by the community and a pleasant experience for volunteers.
Having identified the need in the area we discovered that the dam levels were below 18% capacity.
Our aim was to distribute the water
At the animal feed distribution in Jagersfontein we witnessed such gratitude, one that we couldn't quiet get our heads around, until a farmer took us to his cattle. Without green grass and fresh water, the animals are completely malnourished and dehydrated.Read more
The residents say that without notification the water supply in Ixopo was cut off. The communities go for weeks without potable water and are forced to purchase bottled water. When there eventually is water in their homes, it isn't properly purified and causes diarrhea.
Boreholes have saved the day for a few.
Gift of the Givers was the first to respond to the Ixopo community, Fairview community,Read more
Gift of the Givers Drought Relief Campaign has been expanding exponentially drawing interest and support from diverse sections of the South African public. Today we have an interesting new partner. The Proteas and Cricket South Africa have expressed a willingness to support the campaign encouraging all supporters arriving at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein for today's first ODI betweenRead more
We arrived at the Royal House of Chief Kekane of Mokopane and proceeded with formality of greeting the Royal Family and presenting them with a gift. Ndebele customs usually expect the gift to be cash, R50 or less. The entire council was shocked by our gift of 320 food parcels and various other goods.
The graciousness with which it was received was astounding and the selfless nature in which theyRead more
In drought stricken Free State, school learners get a treat as Unilever contributes 6500 ice creams through Gift of the Givers.Read more
3000 community members in Reddersburg received non perishable food items, water, collapsible water containers and sweet packs. The food items handed out were: soup, rice, biscuits, spices and ready-to-cook meal packs supplied by Unilever.
Fauresmith has little to no waterworks infrastructure making the effects of the drought considerably more severe. The Gift of the Givers team handed out bottled water to the most vulnerable citizens identified by social workers.
As we handed out sweet packs the sound of children's laughter seeped in among the parched community anxiously anticipating a heavenly downpour of rain and subsequentRead more
The Trompsburg Old Age Home is operating with a minimal amount of water per day which compromises the health and safety of the elderly. Staff have indicated that there are days where the elderly go without a sip of water to ensure there's sufficient water to cook with.
Gift of the Givers hands over Water, Wet Wipes, Sweet Packs and Biscuits to the following institutions in Trompsburg.
Thank you for the fantastic response to our drought relief intervention. A full update on progress will be provided next week.
What is of major concern to us now is the condition of tens of thousands of animals as they are facing thirst and hunger in the absence of feed. Loss of animals is impacting heavily on the farmers, both subsistence and large scale, with major implications for farmRead more
Gift of the Givers teams have commenced water distribution in the Free State working in conjunction with disaster management. We have opted to work in areas where no water has been distributed to date. This is the Xhariep District and includes Smithfield, Reddersburg, Edenbridge, Thompsburg, Jaggersfontein, Fauresmith and a number of smaller localities within these districts.Read more
The Mtubatuba community in Machabini receives 20 tons of water from Gift of the Givers. Mayor Cllnr Qhina Mkhwanazi and Deputy Mayor Cllnr Mandlankosi Gumede, assisted the GOTG team with the distribution.
Total Project Value: R80 000.00
The KwaPata and Azalea communities received 5000 litres of bottled water.
5000 x 5lt water distributed Tseki, Bolata and Makong villages in Qwa Qwa.Read more
Gift of the Givers delivers 2500lts of water and 3984 PS Chocolates to KwaMxhosa community in Maphulo and 3500lts of water to the KwaPata community in Pietermaritzburg.
Gift of the Givers distributes water and chocolates to the KwaPata community and 1310 learners at the Khethindlelenhle Primary School in KZN.
|Khethindlelenhle Primary School||KwaPata Community|
Gift of the Givers set out with the team from Pick n Pay to distribute drought relief aid to 2 schools in Zululand. The following items were distributed:
The Hippo Roller water tanks, courtesy of Pick n Pay, carries a capacity of 90lts and simply rolls along the ground with minimal effort.Read more
The Nkodubibe and Umfolozi Secondary schools in KwaZulu Natal receive 10 000lts of Water, 2000 Unilever Personal Hygiene Packs and 4000 PS Chocolates.
The Shirley Chamber Shelter in Durban accommodates 103 displaced people. The Gift of the Givers team delivered the following aid:
In Kokstad, the KZN GOTG team distributes:
|Kokstad Primary School||
The farmers in Van Zylsrust, Northern Cape, welcomed us with great joy saying that the animal feed that we brought is like manna from heaven and are worth more than gold to them. We also delivered 26 big bales of lucerne and 200 bags of drought cubes.
The Vredenburg Mosque is a frequented center that serves the community at large. We handed over water and additional supplies for their kitchen. The Gift of the Givers team also made a delivery at the West Coast Special Needs school in Saldanha, and the Karitas school in Vredenburg where we supplemented their existing feeding schemes.
Sibululwane Primary School in Zululand received the following Drought Relief aid:
25000lts of water handed out in Kokstad, Eastern Cape. The Kokstad Primary School additionally received 9200 PS Chocolates and a large Unilever Detergent Pack while the Twist Valley and Riverview community also received 300 Detergent Packs.
2000 x 5lt bottles of water distributed in Brandfort, Free State.
Mnyakanya Secondary School in Uthungulu receives 52 000 litres of water collected from Shoprite. The learners received an additional 550 Personal Hygiene Packs and 560 PS Chocolates.
Mashiyamahle High School in Ndwedwe, KZN, receive 18000 litres of water, 1500 Personal Hygiene Packs and Chocolates.
Gift of the Givers distributes 52 000 litres of water in Nongoma, KZN. The team also handed out Personal Hygiene Packs and Chocolates while Shoprite Checkers served hot soup with bread to the Holinyoka community in Nongoma.Read more
Gift of the Givers distributes 1200 x 5 litre bottles of water in Blydeville and Sonderwater location in Lichtenburg, North West Province.
The Greytown Children's Home and community receive 3000 litres of water from Gift of the Givers, as well as 150 Personal Hygiene Packs, Bulk Food, Detergent Pack and PS Chocolates.
The drought in the Western is intensifying although not at the same scale as other regions in South Africa. Gift of the Givers is distributing water in the Swartland region and surrounding areas but also providing the communities with valuable water saving tips and education regarding the dam water levels and how it affects them.
400 x 5 liters of bottled water was distributed to 400 familiesRead more
Water reservoirs in Lindley and Petrus Steyn being filled up.
The Tricircle team assisted us with the distribution of a total of 37000lts of water in Ixopo. Thank you also to Shoprite for their contribution of 24700lts and a cup of hot soup served with bread.Read more
Gift of the Givers together with Shoprite Checkers and Tricircle Hardware distributes drought relief aid to 1000 recipients in Harding, KZN.
At Gladstone Trust 50 farmers receive 120 Bags of Animal Feed. The community received:
13000 Litres of Water and 2400 PS Chocolates handed out to Kranskop Primary School learners in Greytown, KZN.
In KwaZulu Natal the Gift of the Givers team distributed Drought Relief aid tothe following locations:
The Sediba village near Thaba Nchu, has not had water for 3 months and life without it has been a great struggle. The Gift of the Givers team handed over the following aid to this community as well as the Feloane Trust village:
|Sediba Village||Feloane Village|
20 000 litres distributed to the KwaPata community in KwaZulu Natal.
Distributing 150 bags of animal feed in Mangaung.Read more
The first 30 tons of Animal Feed valued at R150k arrived in the Free State on 02 February. Given the demand it took some days before we could collect our stock.
Proteas Team members donate water to Gift of the Givers at first ODI in Bloemfontein.
Unilever has been a great supporter of the drought relief campaign. In the Free State alone in the period 13-30 January 2016 already R1.3 million of hygiene packs and food has been distributed in Edenburg, Trompsburg, Lindley,Phillipollis, Fauresmith, Qwa Qwa, Smithfield, Jagersfontein, ReddersburgRead more
The small town of Vryheid in KwaZulu Natal received a total of 32 800 litres of water from Gift of the Givers.
A special thank you to Mr Deepak of Deluxe Footwear in Durban for contributing 560 x 5 litres of the total water distribution to the Nceceni and Mvuyeni communities in Vryheid as well as the following schools:
Cattle are dying and people have to dig into a dried river to retrieve a meager bucket or so to take home, if they're lucky. Conditions in the Zululand District have become dire.
Gift of the Givers has extended the drought relief programme to KwaZulu Natal, with the town, Nongoma, being the first recipient of 41 000 litres of water from Gift of the Givers.
In Lindley, near Senekal, Gift of the Givers distributes 1000 x 5lt bottles of water. We also handed out 1000 packets containing soup, spices and sauces.
Even in a downpour of rain the Gift of the Givers team continued to hand out aid to the many who queued for their supply of food and water.
SBS Water Systems has commenced erecting the 1st 112 000lt tank in Lindley which forms part of a long term
On arrival in Smithfield we found in excess of 1600 community members waiting on the main road for municipal water tankers to pass; they indicated that they have waited for as long as 5 hours under a harsh blue sky with no sign of rain clouds to provide relief from the blistering heat.
Gift of the Givers is drilling a borehole at the Smithfield hospital and has distributed water in collapsibleRead more
The Jagersfontein hostel is home to many scholars from surrounding farming areas. They have a feeding scheme that caters for 300, three times a day. The Gift of the Givers team fully stocked their kitchen with non-perishable food items with a Jojo tank soon to follow.
The hospital services the surrounding Xhariep district and is grappling with an influx of patients in the emergency unit as aRead more
The Early Childhood Development centers in Edenburg operate on a skeleton staff and sanitation is currently the biggest concern. The schools requested that each toddler arrive at school with a 2 litre bottle of water. The schools received Water, Wet Wipes and Biscuits, with additional Disposable Nappies for the ECD's.
|Institution||Number of Recipients|
|Botle ba thuto High School||844|
|Albertina Sisulu High|
We have been inundated with calls from the public wanting to assist with the drought situation in the Free State given the difficulty in Senekal and surrounding areas. We don't respond until a call is made to us for assistance as we are inundated with projects 365 days a year. On Friday, 8 January 2016, we received a call from Dr Zuneit Adam, representing the Bethlehem community andRead more