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ROTARY KNYSNA COVID-19 RESPONSE: MARCH to FEBRUARY 2021
President Andrew Finn and Knysna Rotarians would like to extend grateful thanks to all those who have contributed to our COVID-19 programme. A HUGE thank you to our sponsors and our generous donors, many of whom have donated more than once. Your financial support has played a vital role in the support of the greater Knysna community during lock down. Without you it would have been impossible for our club to implement and sustain a project of this magnitude.
As an initial response to the pandemic Rotary Knysna addressed the issue of prevention. Our taxi sanitisation and home sanitisation projects are both up and running and will continue under the auspices of the Knysna Municipality. Our club also supported Dr Sprenger’s mask project.
Next we focused on targeted food security. We liaised 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. Together with KILT and other partner service organisations, we assisted the Knysna Municipality with its Social and Humanitarian Relief Programme for those whose livelihoods were affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. Rotary Knysna managed the finances of the programme and facilitated the distribution of aid. A central database of applicants was established and all applications screened.
First response humanitarian aid was a primarily voucher system, whereby the beneficiary received a redeemable food voucher via SMS. For those who fell outside the voucher system, we allocated and distributed food packs of an equal value. We used reputable service providers, Knysna Hope, for the issuing of vouchers. The Knysna Municipality team was responsible for the logistics of packing and delivering food parcels.
Another Rotary development was to assist 18 vetted and licensed soup kitchens across a spread of areas. The Wednesday Rotary “soup delivery run” of hampers containing fresh vegetables and dry goods provided weekly support to these kitchens for a period of 23 weeks.
Rotary also supported the Greater Knysna Business Chamber’s food security programme during July and August.
Our club scaled back the first response aspect of our COVID-19 project during September, with the last soup kitchen delivery taking place on Wednesday 30 September 2020.
Update February 2021
In December 2020 Rotary assisted with provisions for the Christmas lunches for the homeless held at the temporary shelter at Loerie Park in Knysna and in Sedgefield.
A second consignment of Maxwell on the Go nutritional product was distributed to permanent local soup kitchens during January and February 2021.
We have adjusted our response to the need for food assistance and are taking a different strategic view.
Whilst some food vouchers for verified and specific circumstances have been issued, we are also investigating various other approaches to sustainable food security for Knysna.
A recent development is support for a local ECD centre, in consultation with Knysna Education Trust, to assist with meeting the COVID-19 protocols required in order to reopen. ECD centres provide meals for the pre-school children in their care.
Thank you to all who’ve helped along the way.