Written by Dr Jessica Johannisen

*Peter is the oldest of four children. He lives with his mother, siblings and elderly grandparents in a small three bedroom shack. His mother is a domestic worker and is unable to work under the current lockdown restrictions. Both his grandparents are over the age of 65 and are unemployed. Whilst his mother qualifies and is receiving the child support grant, a lack of food remains a concern in the family home. There are 7 mouths to feed.  In addition,  it is such a challenge for them to all be in the house all the time. Three generations all under one roof, all of the time for 35 days and counting. Peter is In grade 9 and is struggling to keep up to date with his school work. None of the grownups in the house are able to read or write and therefore he needs to help his siblings with their school work as well. from 1 May 2020 wearing of masks is compulsory? How does this family buy masks when they can’t even afford food for everyone?

This is the reality for many South African families. It is a terrifying reality that can lead to lots of stress and anxiety. Child protection organizations such as Badisa Trio are working incredibly hard to support families like Peter’s. They are providing education regarding the Covid 19 crisis, emotional support for those who are struggling and also providing food and clothes. With winter approaching many children and families will need warm clothes and blankets but won’t be able to afford to buy it as food will be the priority.

Please consider donating masks, food, clothes and blankets to support the beautiful people of South Africa.

Donations can be made to:

Badisa Trio Fondswerwing, ABSA Savings account: 9294493628, Branch code: 632005, Ref: #Peter

*Not child’s real name, photo found on pexels.com