Our KZN relief efforts are now entering its fifth month and there seems to be little to no change as time goes on. For many, the only constant is the warm meal they receive every day. While the minority of those affected have received materials to rebuild their homes and have been moved from the community halls, there are a number of halls still occupied by displaced people.
Thanks to the ongoing support from our donors and commitment from our Beneficiary Organisations we can continue serving warm cooked meals along with snacks and fruit to 28 community halls sheltering just over 4800 people.
Last month the United Nations stepped in to assist with much-needed relief in disaster-stricken KwaZulu Natal. Through its United Nations Development Programme, they procured and donated food items to the value of R2,8 million. These food items were handed over to us at a ceremony held at our KZN Warehouse in Pinetown, where representatives from FoodForward SA, the UNDP, and Department of Social Development were in attendance. The procured items which included, non-perishables, baby food and hygiene products will be distributed among the halls where we are currently serving food.
After the ceremony, members of the UNDP accompanied FoodForward SA to visit the Ntuzuma F hall in Ntuzuma where the Gugu Dlamini Memorial Foundation has been actively feeding community members since April and assisted with serving meals to those living there.
“In the almost 5 months since the devastating floods, FoodForward SA has continued to provide the necessary resources to flood-affected communities in KZN. UNDP is proud to have been able to help them in their mission with the provision of foodstuffs. During the handover of goods, it was heartening to see their impact on the ground with the distribution of cooked meals and the appreciation of communities. A lot of work still needs to be done to return flood victims’ lives back to normality but I am confident that FoodForward SA will continue to be at the forefront of those recovery efforts” – Evan Jacobs, Head of Solutions mapping UNDP.