COVID-19 Updates

10 June 2020

Status of COVID-19 Project

A HUGE thank you to ALL who have contributed to the Rotary Knysna COVID-19 food relief fund for the greater Knysna area. Through your generosity, donations from the public now stand at R888 000. To date our club, with the support of KILT and other partner organisations, has distributed 2693 parcels, 4091 vouchers and 105 soup kitchen hampers. Some thank you notes received from those you’ve enabled us to help thus far:

“Wow, what a wonderful surprise food gift I came home to yesterday…it felt like Christmas! I’m so thankful and touched by this kindness”

“I would like to thank Rotary Knysna for being with me and my family during these tough times of the pandemic. You came through when I had no hope as to where or how I would feed my family. The parcels kept us going until now and I am very grateful”

“Just want to thank the Knysna Rotary Club for the food parcel we received yesterday. Without your parcel we would not have survived this coming month”

“Big thank you for the food vouchers that got me eating again after 4 days of no food”

The food relief project has been running for over two months and we’re not done yet! Rotary will continue to assist with targeted food relief for as long as our donor funding permits.

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20 May 2020

ROTARIANS IN ACTION: Status of Covid-19 Project

A big THANK YOU to ALL who have donated through the Rotary bank account to the Social and Humanitarian Relief Programme for Knysna.

Rotary’s involvement in the project includes:

  1. The initiation of taxi and taxi rank sanitisation, a project now managed by the Knysna Municipality.
  2. Provision of soap distributed to targeted areas by the Municipal Cleansing department, together with a Western Cape Covid-19 information brochure.
  3. Allocation and distribution of food vouchers, food parcels and soup kitchen packs.

To date Rotary Knysna, with the support of KILT and working in partnership with the Knysna Municipality, has distributed food assistance to 4565 local households. We have also provided 35 food packs to soup kitchens.

A project of this scale would not be possible without support from:

  • Knysna Hope, who manage the voucher issuing process.
  • The tireless Pam Booth and her logistics team from the Knysna Municipality.

Rotary remains deeply committed to providing far reaching humanitarian aid to our community. We will continue to assist with targeted food relief for as long as our donor funding permits.

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10 May 2020

A message from President Julie Staub and the Rotary Club of Knysna

Status of COVID-19 Food Security Project

Knysna Rotary, KILT, other partner organisations and generous donors remain committed to assisting those local residents whose income has been affected by lockdown. To date we have helped 3370 households with food relief in the form of vouchers or parcels. We see this as a long term project and will provide targeted food aid for as long as our donor funding permits.

Thank you

We would like to thank all those who have donated and continue to donate through the Knysna Rotary bank account to the Social and Humanitarian Relief Programme. It is through your support that we’ve been able to reach out to so many during the last month and that we can take the project forward.

News

A recent development is that we are now assisting a number of vetted and licensed soup kitchens across a spread of areas.

Applications and Database

The central database of applications for aid will go offline for maintenance on Monday afternoon. This does not mean that the programme is ending and we shall certainly continue to distribute food relief.  However, there are currently more than 17 000 names on the database. We are picking up duplicates, double dippers and sadly, many people with no legitimate claims for lockdown aid who have tried to “cheat” the system. We are accountable to our partners, donors and auditors to ensure that assistance reaches those who need it most, and for this we need to have accurate data.

Who are we Helping?

As stated on the application form, we are not in a position to assist those who receive UIF, pensions and grants. Multiple applications from one household cannot be supported.

A Final Message

Please rest assured that, as was the case after the June 2017 fires, Knysna Rotary remains deeply committed to providing far reaching humanitarian aid to our community.

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6 May 2020

UPDATE: ROTARY KNYSNA COVID-19 RESPONSE

The Rotary Club of Knysna, together with its partner organisations, wishes to thank everyone who has donated to the coordinated Social and Humanitarian Relief Programme. To date Rotary Knysna has issued 2235 food vouchers and distributed 550 food packs to local residents. Overall more than 4200 households have been assisted through the coordinated Programme.

* Rotary Knysna manages the finances for the project as well as the allocation and distribution of food vouchers and food packs;

* KILT (Knysna Initiative for Learning and Teaching) is contributing to the food security aspect and has set up other support structures including a psycho-social counselling programme for KILT families and educators as well as a targeted learning resource programme.

* The Knysna Municipality is providing IT and verification support with regards to the central database of applicants. Municipal employees are also responsible for the logistics of packing and delivering food aid.

* Our reputable service provider, Knysna Hope, continues to manage the food voucher system.

“Many thanks and appreciation to you, I have received my voucher, I am truly grateful”

“I am over the moon with my food voucher … thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys rock. God bless you all”

“Many thanks for the vouchers you sent me, my daughter of 12 was brought to tears. ‘Mom people out there really care’ “.

How can you help?

Our food security programme urgently needs to continue and expand
to meet the growing demands.

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Email: covid-19@knysnarotary.co.za


27 April 2020

UPDATE: ROTARY KNYSNA COVID-19 RESPONSE

Rotary Knysna, together with partner service organisations, is now assisting the Knysna Municipality with its Social and Humanitarian Relief Programme for those whose livelihoods have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. Rotary Knysna manages the finances of the programme and facilitates the distribution of aid. A central database of applicants has been established and all applications are screened.

To date Rotary Knysna has assisted 1538 local households with food relief. 1088 vouchers have been issued and 450 food packs distributed for those who fall outside of the voucher system.

Thank you messages received over the last week:

“Many thanks and appreciation to you, I have received my voucher, I am truly grateful.”

“Thank you for being so kind …that’s humanity.”

“Thanks for your kindness.”

“Thanks a lot Rotarians, you helped us a lot God bless you.”

“Excellent work Knysna Rotary for supporting those in need, God bless.”

“Thank you so much for all this help!!!!”

The Rotary Club of Knysna, together with its partner organisations, would like to thank all those who have donated to the coordinated Social and Humanitarian Relief Programme. Thank you for enabling us to assist those in need.

We are in need of additional funding for our food security programme to occur on a large scale. We would greatly appreciate any donations.

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Email: covid-19@knysnarotary.co.za

17 April 2020

UPDATE: ROTARY KNYSNA COVID-19 RESPONSE

Over the past three days Rotary Knysna has issued 320 food vouchers to local residents whose livelihood has been affected by the lock down. 50 food packs have been distributed to those who fall outside the voucher system.

Some of the thank you messages received:

“Hi to the kind voice, many many thanks for the food parcel. The generosity and care are truly appreciated. May you be eternally blessed.”

“Thanks mum very much God bless u oh now we have food thanks to help my family.”

“Hallo, I received my SMS this am (wow! That was quick). Thank you most sincerely to you and Rotary and donors. “

“Thank you very much for the vouchers sir n God bless you Rotarians.”

“I would just like to thank you for the support that you are giving us in this time of need. I have received my voucher and i was so grateful for it.”

President Julie Staub and Knysna Rotarians would like to extend grateful thanks to those who have donated to our COVID-19 programme. Thank you for making a difference to the lives of these recipients and many other local residents.

We are in need of additional funding for our food security programme to occur on a large scale. We would greatly appreciate any donations.

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Email: covid-19@knysnarotary.co.za

We are liaising with the local Joint Operations Command, other service organisations and the Knysna Municipality in order to work towards a coordinated response to the need for food aid.

Thank you to our service providers for their assistance with voucher and pack distribution.


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