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COVID-19 AWARD requests assistance for vulnerable households

COVID-19 AWARD requests assistance for vulnerable households

Personal message

South Africa has been in lockdown for eight weeks now and we have started to see the impacts in many of the areas where AWARD has been working for over 18 years including the rural areas in Bushbuckridge, Mametja-Oaks, and Sekororo and surrounds.

The lockdown in South Africa has been very strict and cut most families off from their income streams.

Many families rely on jobs through tourism, the construction sector, labour on farms, and offering services within their own villages. All of this has stopped or been severely curtailed leaving many with the bare minimum.

Since many of our partner NGOs are supporting the Bushbuckridge area, we have thus decided to focus our efforts on the Mametja-Oaks area where we have been working over the past 4 years.

These villages haven’t received much support and families and single households are suffering. Although lockdown will ease from the 1st June it is clear that many families who have relied on tourism or piecemeal work on farms will continue to have absolutely no income.

With less income to spend internally in the village, even those offering services around the village (like child-care and brickmaking) are very hard hit.

We have been working through our agroecology farmer groups to collectively identify the priority households who are receiving no support such as government food parcels. Due to limited resources, we are having to limit support to the most vulnerable such as child-headed households.

We are personally meeting with every household to ensure we know people and that they understand what we are able to offer.

From initial interviews, it is clear that many people in the community have run out of food and money completely. In some cases, the entire family lives off a child-care grant or an old-age pension whilst those without even this, beg from neighbours. Many struggle for access to water.

Currently, we are able to support about 80 households for about a month through food parcels. Our partner organisation – MDF – is able to support an additional 10 households. We also hope to provide small ‘Jojo’ tanks to families without water storage options.

However, these funds will dwindle rapidly. We would like to extend our assistance to desperate families for many more months.

The cost of a food parcel with basic supplies plus vegetables for a week varies
- Smaller parcels – R 276 ($ 11)
- Larger parcels – R 343 ($ 15)
The once-off cost for an improved water source.
- Water tanks R480 ($27)

Funds raised will be used to deliver food parcels, ranging in size, to an expected 80 households, per week to end of 2020, as well as JoJo tanks (water storage) to 10 households.



  • Dec 21, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    You are and have been an amazing constant in the lives and welfare of those least represented and most in need. Continue to lead by example.proud to be of some help.Joan & John

    " - Joan & John Gear

  • Nov 26, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    appreciate the teams efforts at filling an urgent uncovered need

    " - anonymous

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "We thank you for the amazing work!" - GalfromOz

  • Oct 14, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "You're doing a great job. " - Anon

  • Oct 03, 2020 - USD $ 319.70
  • "Thank you for doing this amazing work." - Ramin Pejan

  • Sep 02, 2020 - USD $ 31.78
  • "Thank you for the good work." - Judith de Wolf

  • Jul 31, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Once-off for a water-tank. Good luck with your work." - Harry Biggs

  • Jul 20, 2020 - USD $ 31.65
  • "Thank you for all that you are doing. " - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2020 - USD $ 37.95
  • "Good luck" - Katy

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 3 000.00
  • "


    " - MICHAEL

  • Jun 20, 2020 - USD $ 121.22
  • "Wishing you all the best from Australia X" - Christian watta

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • "


    " - AWQAFSA

  • Jun 13, 2020 - USD $ 66.51
  • "Hope this helps" - Ferg

  • Jun 13, 2020 - USD $ 29.69
  • "Hopefully a water source can help someone xx" - Nic & Tim Battey

  • Jun 11, 2020 - USD $ 63.70
  • "Good luck - great work. Such a tragedy." - Alex, Kieran & Finlay

  • Jun 11, 2020 - USD $ 52.75
  • "Thank you" - Anonymous From Jamul

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck Award, and thanks for undertaking this important work" - Matthew

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "People urgently need help" - sharon pollard

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Thank you for helping!

    " - Karen K

  • Jun 05, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Thank you for the good work. Keep going.

    " - Kim&Mike Ward

  • Jun 03, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all the hard work" - Anonymous

  • Jun 03, 2020 - USD $ 33.08
  • "Keep doing the same great work " - Andrew Loughlin

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Donations to date

R 30 062.23

Fundraising target

R 678 384.00

Association for Water and Rural Development

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We are a non-profit organisation specialising in multi-disciplinary, participatory, research based project implementation aimed at addressing issues of sustainability, inequity and poverty. Informing our work are the values of trust, dignity for all, justice, fairness, non-discrimination, unity and learning through practice.

While working collaboratively with other organisations and developing strong and rich professional networks, we strive to build natural resource management competence in civil society, government agencies and private enterprise. We believe this will help provide a foundation for robust and sustainable development policy and practice in South Africa that can stand up to an increasingly complex world.

Our main geographical area of focus, although not exclusively limited to, is in the catchments of north-eastern South Africa such as the Olifants River Basin which is a major tributary of the Limpopo River and an international watercourse shared between South Africa and Mozambique.