South African Jews Race to Deliver Corona Aid

#CadenaSA is responding to the Covid-19 Crisis!We spent the morning in Thokoza handing out hand sanitiser and information pamphlets in isiZulu. A huge thank you to Pastor Allan of the Be Blessed Church for his involvement in getting these goods to where they can have the biggest impact.None of this would have been possible without the support of FEED SA, South African Jewish Board of Deputies, CoronaCare for South Africa, Jewish Women's Benevolent Society, 3GMobile, Clive Mashishi, and of course our incredible community! Thank you for your support. There is still time to get more hand sanitiser out. As little as 60 Rand can purchase a 500ml bottle of hand sanitiser for a family.Donations can be made here: Details:Cadena SA NPCStandard Bank 243043538KillarneyFor more information or to find out how to get involved, reach us at #CADENA #FeedSA #InThisTogether

Posted by Cadena South Africa on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

South Africans braced on Thursday night for a 21 day lock-down due to the continued spread of the Corona virus on the continent. Like elsewhere the virus has had a massively disruptive effect on the local community with shuls, schools and community spaces being closed in recent week. Whilst South Africa has been hard hit by the virus so far there have been no recorded fatalities. The fear however is that millions of South Africans live in extreme poverty don’t have access to information and resources to prevent virus transmission.

Members of the Jewish humanitarian relief aid organisation, Cadena SA,  devoted the last few hours before the lock-down to distributing virus safety kits to South Africa’s most vulnerable citizens. They spent the previous week raising funds both locally and abroad and this week began the roll out to the citizens of Alexandra a shanty town east of Johannesburg.  They were aided in distribution by members of  the South Africa Friends of Israel an organisation that works with pro-Israel churches around the country. Scenes of pastors handing out hand sanitiser using a loud hailing truck have been posted on the organisations Facebook page and can be seen below.

Cadena SA have also recorded short educational videos in local South African languages  Zulu and Sotho on Covid-19 avoidance protocols and have been disseminating them on the various social media platforms. As part of its mission, Cadena SA has been working extensively with local authorities as well as the Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society, 3G Mobile, the Jewish Board of Deputies, Corona Care for South Africa and Feed SA to maximise efforts and focus on getting aid where it is most needed.

“We all have to play our role to fight the spread of this virus”, said Mendy Grauman, director of CadenaSA’s operations. “Many of our citizens don’t have access to information that will help them curb the spread”, he continued. “That’s why we felt obliged to print pamphlets in people’s home language, giving them the tools to protect themselves and those around them”.

A interview was conducted on community radio station 101.9 ChaiFM with Grauman and Candena SA volunteer Arielle Abrahamson. She spoke about the idea behind the Cadena SA’s and campaign and the ways that ordinary people are able to help fight the virus. You To listen to the interview here

Cadena was originally founded by three friends in Mexico City, following the earthquake that struck their city in 2005. They felt obligated to alleviate the suffering as best they could. To date, the organisation has assisted over a million people in more than 300 missions all over the world. It differentiates itself by placing a key focus on sustainable education by equipping people from a young age with the tools to deal with emergencies and disasters before they occur.

For more info on CADENA South Africa as well as the videos, pamphlets and donation details can be found on their Facebook page ‘CADENA SOUTH AFRICA’.

About the Author
Benji Shulman is from Johannesburg, South Africa, he has a masters degree in Geography and has worked in a range of fields in the Jewish community including education, advocacy, environment and outreach. He loves radio and has a hosted numerous shows on 101.9 ChaiFm in the last decade.
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