We believe that this email find you very well, the Congolese civil society of South Africa believe that the key of foreign national to change their way of consideration and living in South Africa is trough foreign national personal effort to rise the old spirit of our common African root, to remind with more practice than theory, our fellow South African brother and sister we are a big family in this continent on combating naturally xenophobia and all any type of discrimination.
As we always said: social cohesion has to happen naturally by exchanging Histories, because if I know your history, it will make me see why you are here in South Africa and the good understanding will manifest in a manner of not hurting me.
Yesterday, 30th June 2020, was the biggest day of Congo independence, the Congolese civil society of South Africa team distributed for +-400 people in Langa soup and bread, involving the community leaders of Langa, where a good smile came on children's faces.
This is a quote from the chairperson and deputy in Langa after serving the community " Hi there , we thank you for raising your hands to be counted. You did so unexpectedly, in another country, away from home. This to us reflects the true spirit of ubuntu, keep good work. XOLILE GOPHE"
We really discovered, sometimes doing good to our fellow South African was missing in our agenda on social cohesion. As we said at the UNHCR virtual meeting with community leaders, 18 June 2020.This Thursday, the Congolese civil society of South Africa will be in Langa again, and the expectation of the need may be doubled. Please see attached photos.
The Congolese civil society of South Africa took the donation of 1/July/ 2020, with a lot of consideration because of its impact in families, where nothing was on the table for children and not knowing what next for them, the food comes at the right time, some families were on the edge of their hope, losing control.
There is no family we gave the food parcel without tears of joy and shock about the surprise unexpectedly, this is where we can still say there is a serious problem, if there is no assistance family will be in big trouble. Please any intention of continuing in assisting will be a way out of family disaster on food.
The food parcels were the very important package in size for a long lasting support, FROM THE R 15.000 of donations.
We discover things are getting very bad for refugees by listening to their story as we visited their home in dropping food parcels, so many are jobless even those one their companies are open in level 3 of the lock down, so many are fired.
We hope that somewhere people with love will see a right place and circumstance to spend their donations, we really thank ones again the donor, Stuart, Gwyne and the Jewish communities in providing with none stop the food parcels.
IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ON REFUGEES, ASYLUM SEEKERS AND MIGRANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA
The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa in general and South Africa in particular rises many concerns that go beyond a simple public health issue.
So many public policies are enforced to prevent massive contamination of population. These measures are the only way of protecting communities, knowing that no specific treatment is available up to now.
But, the problem is that those policies can only work properly if communities are committed to respect them.
One of them, which is according to our view the most important is the volunteer quarantine. And to ensure that it will be effective, businesses,, schools, churches, public transport will be closed for a period. This has led to a national wide lock down as number of infected cases has drastically increased in eight days ( total of today 554).
How can this affect life of communities?
South Africa hosts a significant amount of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. These categories are among the most vulnerable populations.
While the national wide lock down policy will obviously improve the riposte against the pandemic, it's very important to highlight how it Will threaten vulnerable people's life.
Most of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants relay on low wages Jobs that can only cover their daily basis needs. Many are self-employee who have to work daily in order to earn something for their daily basis needs or most of them are women working as hairdressers, or selling along the streets.
some others are struggling with documents issues, so, they can only relay on informal jobs.
Means, globally, refugees, asylum seekers and Migrants don't have sustainable jobs. And, for that reason, they will not be beneficiaries of compensation measures that the government has set to reduce the economic impact of the national wide lockdown on vulnerable people.
By respecting the quarantine policy they will automatically be unable to earn their daily income; unable to cover their family daily basis needs in term of food and rent.
As a result, after the end of the quarantine,most of them will obviously be forced to leave in streets or informal settlements as they will not be able to pay rent and probably evicted. Some other will have more health issues as they will not be able to feed themselves and their families during this period.
As Civil Society, we're encouraging people to comply with policies that have been set, at the same time we're already raising awareness about the outcome of this riposte and it's impact on vulnerable people among whom are refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
Knowing that these specific categories of vulnerable People will not benefit from governmental compensation measures; we're then calling for solidarity and proactive support that can cover concerns such as:
- Food supply: especially for women with new born that are still breastfeeding, children and elders;
- grants for vulnerable unemployed;
- After crisis psychological help as so many of them will be totally desperate;
- legal assistance for those who should be unlawfully deprived from their rights or evicted from their residence.
We are wishing a deep consideration of these suggest we just try to be in refugees side in this uncontrolled emergency in South Africa. We will be at your service anytime you will need our assistance.
The Congolese Civil Society of South Africa, a register organisation (NPO 240518), is very concern about the reality on refugees' vulnerable families who are leaving in South Africa in this COVID-19 period while the two times of lock down extension created a visible panic on refugees who are seriously affected financially since day one because of the daily basis incomes and occasionally jobs used to keep them going.
Our Covid-19 humanitarian services
Our outreach to so many area like Montana, Gugulethu, Gracypark, Retreat, Wynberg, Kenilworth, Claremont, Capricorn , Parow, Bellville, Summergreen, Milnerton, Jo slovo, ..........., took us in the deepest background to collect the evidences of refugees life reality since the announce of the Lock-down; there is no visible social assistance back up which can cover up their daily living, there is no UIF or any plan for food for a lasting period, about 85% of refugees families are going to be badly in crisis which no one will handle it.
This outreach took us always all day, from morning to 8 pm, not only giving food, also sharing information about the virus precaution, government regulations, people safety and wise advice for consolation.
That why, as we saw the high level of humanitarian responsibility according to one of our policies, we couldn't watch since we received again a donation in cash (R 6843 plus R 2000 from our own pocket ) in total R 8843, we made a food parcel of 60 families.
N.B: For proper improvement for reasonable food parcel, the bill estimation should be R 12000 for 60 families, maximum 7 days of food back up.
Package per parcel
-5 kg of maize meal, 2 kg of sugar, 2.5 kg of flour, 2 kg of sugar beans, 2 kg of rice, 3 tins fish per parcel.
This represent only 1% of the needy and children with lack of food in the family are the very important thing which all together we should avoid family to have, it will follow with so many consequences.
Our first stock from Jewish community ( from Stuart 0823877315 ), provided 25 food parcels, and the 60 food parcels come from anonymous sponsor, we manage to work with our volunteers team extras hours. At the moment, we are out of stock, with a data base of more than 100 vulnerable families we visited, hoping on our support with prayer .
As the 5th level of lock down ending on 1st May 2020 announced by the President (23rd April 2020), we still seeing the very bad negative impact to our community, chaos everywhere among families. REFUGEES ARE SO DESPERATE.
As the red light of frustration becoming more visible on refugees situation, we, the Congolese Civil Society of South Africa, battling to get anything from anyone to come with a rescue plan our people in lock-down period and after which will be worse in term of jobs.
We are passionately fully committed to volunteer to serve with love for only one reason, CHANGING FAMILY LIFE,
TOGETHER WITH SOLIDARITY LET CHANGE FAMILY LIFE