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When the pandemic hit South Africa, the impact was immediate. Families lost jobs, entire communities faced hunger and economic collapse, and the healthcare system was overwhelmed.
To combat the crisis, we transformed the Ubuntu Campus into a COVID-19 response center, providing:
The South African government imposed a lockdown on March 26th, which caused unemployment to soar. Many people could not access or afford food.
Ubuntu’s food security initiative has protected the most vulnerable in our community. We delivered food directly to homes, enabling families to stay safe, secure, and well-nourished.
Households range from 5-20 family members
Ubuntu serves a disproportionately vulnerable population, including pregnant mothers living with HIV, immunocompromised children, and elderly heads of households.
When Port Elizabeth became a hotspot of COVID-19 in South Africa, we adapted our services to meet our clients' needs and expanded our reach to help the entire community. This included:
The Ubuntu Campus is more than just our school or clinic, it's a place where hundreds of families find support and safety.
We suspended non-essential in-person services to keep clients safe, and adapted our programming to ensure the wellbeing of hundreds of families through:
Nearly every graduate of our program lost their positions when the South African government imposed the economic lockdown. These young breadwinners are depended on by large extended families.
Our team leveraged our employer network, provided travel stipends, and worked with each candidate individually to help them regain their livelihood.
“I witnessed the positive difference Ubuntu Pathways was making as a child here in Zwide and that work deserves our support. We will continue to stand side by side with you to combat the damage and suffering caused by this pandemic. No family should have to worry about where their next meal may be coming from.”
- Siya Kolisi, Springbok Captain and Founder, Kolisi Foundation
When Siya and Rachel Kolisi launched the Kolisi Foundation, their first project was our partnership providing food security to 4,000 families in the community where he grew up. With Boxer Superstores, we streamlined packaging and delivery to our network of local partners to ensure every parcel got to the right place. When food storage facilities in our area were getting looted, local police offered additional patrols of the campus and security escorts for our food trucks. Two decades of trusted partnerships with local hospitals and clinics enabled us to meet their PPE shortage so they could serve tens of thousands of patients during this crisis.
Emergency COVID-19 response launched. Ubuntu shifted to a remote model for core services and began providing food security and medical support.
National lockdown announced in South Africa. Food insecurity in the townships worsened as vulnerable families struggled to survive.
Ubuntu began working with South African Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi and the Kolisi Foundation to provide food security to 1,000 households (8,000 individuals).
Established partnership with South African police force to provide Ubuntu staff and partners with security during food distribution.
Expanded delivery outreach to reach an additional 500 homes with life-saving food and essential household items totaling 1,500 households.
Signed partnership with Boxer Superstores to have food parcels pre-packaged, freeing up resources and clearing the way for us to reach more households.
Ubuntu distributed R500K of PPE to local clinics and began facilitating training for health facilities in the Port Elizabeth area.
Spikes in domestic violence were observed throughout our area. Ubuntu provided much-needed remote psychosocial support to 70 at-risk clients.
Second PPE and equipment distribution to 10 clinics, serving over 10,000 community members. Nurses tearfully recounted to us their fear and inability to safely do their jobs.
Scaled up food distribution program to include 3,520 households, each containing a month-long supply of hearty foods and essential health supplies.
Food parcels included fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, maize meal, baked beans, pilchards, salt, cooking oil, rice, pasta, teabags, soap, bleach, PPE, and sanitizer.
Thanks to additional funding, we increased our food distributions to 4,000 households (30,000 people), reaching our target and providing much-needed stability and relief to our community.
Due to staff being under great pressure and stress, Ubuntu bolstered our wellbeing services for staff, building out wellness initiatives and providing psychological support.
Ubuntu began conducting socially distanced home visits, providing in-person psychosocial support to some of our most vulnerable children and families.
Ubuntu delivered R 2.5M of PPE to the local hospital, 11 health clinics, and 15 community institutions.
Ubuntu partnered with Dora Nginza hospital to provide 4 truck loads of PPE and capacity support to 614 staff.
With Ubuntu’s support, a total of 206 young people who lost their jobs at the start of the pandemic returned to employment, generating a primary income for themselves and their families.
Began preparing for the Ubuntu Campus reopening in January 2021, prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our staff and clients.