Spence-Chapin was devastated to learn that due to limited resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our partner in South Africa, Jo’burg Child Welfare, is unable to continue to provide meals to more than 250 children who attend their after school program at the Elton John Masibambisane Centre for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in one of the poorest areas in Johannesburg—Eldorado Park. In this small region of barely four square miles, families were already experiencing many hardships before this crisis, and struggled to keep their children fed and out of the clutches of drug lords. Here it is not uncommon for a dozen people to live in one house, and for children to roam the streets day and night, unsupervised. With families now out of work as the country shelters in place to combat infection, food insecurity is a daily reality. Losing this important source of sustenance for their children at this time is causing unimaginable strain for these families. It is imperative that this service returns to provide them with food again.
With your support, Spence-Chapin can help JCW provide these meals again, benefiting 259 children and their families during this crisis.
On a recent trip to South Africa, our Chief Executive Officer, Kate Trambitskaya, captured this incredible moment of the children at the Masibambisane Centre.
Your contribution today will help provide food for more than 250 children. Our initial goal is to provide meals to these children for three months. With your help we hope to surpass our goal and extend our support!