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A monthly update of the work of Masicorp in Masiphumelele
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In this Masi Mail we bring you an update of the significant events that have occurred so far this year but we also bring you an update on our efforts to serve the community of Masiphumelele during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your help with all of our education programs and our COVID-19 campaign makes a huge difference to the community of Masi and is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your support.

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Masi Mail

May 2020

Feeding the community of Masiphumelele during COVID-19
           

As positive COVID-19 cases rise around the country, the community of Masiphumelele, much like other impoverished communities in South Africa, has been struggling with the issue of food security, as thousands of people have lost their source of income and unable to feed their families. Since the start of the national lockdown, Masicorp has been undertaking distributions of feeding and educational material to 300 children who attend our 2 Educares, to help support their families during this time.

The care packs each child has received include a food voucher, a dehydrated food pack from Rise Against Hunger, a cloth mask, a Book Dash book, as well as worksheets and crayons to keep the children busy and stimulated while they are at home. We have also handed out food vouchers to 40 high schoolers that take part in High School Sewing and Art and 27 Fish Hoek Primary School children living in Masi who attend our English Please programme.

Thank you to all those who have given so generously towards making sure our children do not go hungry. During this time when the need is so great and so many are affected, we commend all those individuals who have given of their time and resources to assist the community of Masiphumelele. We cannot do it without you.
Help for local heroes
  • The incredible staff of False Bay Hospital are on the front line during this time of COVID-19 and need our support. Masicorp has donated R50 000 towards personal protective equipment for their staff. You too can help them, by donating here.
  • Yandiswa Mazwana, Masicorp programme leader and founder of Masi Creative Hub, has been a beacon of hope and an example to all as she has led a team of 24 youth and volunteers feeding up to 850 children every day in Masiphumelele. While educating the children on the importance of sanitising and social distancing when collecting their food, this amazing team wakes up at dawn every day cooking large pots of nutritious hot meals and making sure that the children of Masi are fed 5 days a week.
  • The various Community Action Networks (CAN’s) around the province have been instrumental in getting food to the community. By mobilising neighbouring community support and donations of food and cash, these groups work with local NPO’s and community members on the ground to identify those in need. Masicorp was able to donate R50 000 towards the Noordhoek CAN, who have been working with community members in putting together 500 food packs/vouchers to the very needy.
  • Living Hope has been undertaking large-scale food parcel and voucher distributions, as well as being the identified health NPO to screen for COVID-19 in the Masi community. Masicorp assisted Living Hope with a donation of R50 000 towards their feeding efforts, as they undertake the enormous challenge of consolidating lists of beneficiaries, ensuring nobody is left behind. To date, their health workers have screened over 2500 people and nearly 7000 families have received a food parcel or voucher.
Creating opportunities through computer literacy

As we await instruction as to when our education and skills programmes will be allowed to safely open, Masicorp looks ahead to how we can continue to support our work and Masi staff members who lead these programmes.

This year we opened our dedicated ICDL (International Computer Driving License) centre on the grounds of Chasmay Campus. This centre will be able to welcome even more ICDL graduates, totalling 90 adults and 40 high schoolers per year who can now take part in this accredited course, as well as computer coding. The first ICDL course was launched in 2018 at Masi library at the Masicorp computer lab and in just one year we were able to double the amount of graduates on the programme. An amazing milestone for Masicorp! We were previously limited by the hours we are allowed to teach at Masi Library, which means we were not always able to reach those who needed to study in the evenings. The new centre is a safe and secure environment for evening study.

‘’On my first visit to the computer lab, I discovered that there is an opportunity not to be missed. The fact that the course is given to the community free of charge was the joy of my life. The experience and knowledge I gained in this course was amazing. It has totally changed my life. I now know things I did not know before. This course opened doors for me and I believe I am going to get a better job with the skills I have acquired.” - Parsca Ndete

To support this programme or find out more, please contact nyasha@masicorp.org or donate via our website.

A story of hope for The Sewing Cafe 

 
Our partners at The Sewing Café provide skills training to unemployed and unskilled residents who live in Masiphumelele to help combat poverty and unemployment. These trainees are then given an opportunity to make an income by mass-producing items which are sold to businesses and individuals. To save their employees from losing income during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sewing Café now produces and sells cloth masks, as the regulations in South Africa state that it is mandatory to wear a mask in public to reduce the chances of infecting others. This has enabled their employees to continue working so they can provide for their families.
 
Over the last few weeks, we have distributed these masks to our ECD families along with the food packs we provide and our staff on the front lines also use these masks when serving the community of Masiphumelele. To place an online order, fill in the form HERE and email the POP (Proof of Payment) to info@thesewingcafe.co.za to secure your order.

Masicorp partners with The Sewing Café to provide a sewing course to learners from Masiphumelele High School. Please support this programme so that when we overcome this pandemic, we can continue providing skills training and empower these bright youth. You can visit our website HERE to pledge your support to teaching skills to the youth of Masiphumelele.
Become a Friend of Masicorp
 
Masicorp has been serving the community of Masiphumelele by providing opportunities in education for over 20 years. We have amazing staff and volunteers who dedicate their time to making our organization a beacon of hope for many residents. Unfortunately, the needs of Masiphumelele are great and we cannot achieve meaningful results without financial donations. We need your help in making this organization sustainable so that we can continue the work we do.
 
Become a Friend of Masicorp by pledging a monthly gift for as little as R150 / $10 /£10 (Or an annual fee) to help us continue providing quality education, skills training and support to our beloved Masiphumelele. Please give this community an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and become the success they strive to be. Visit our page HERE to make a contribution the future of Masiphumelele.
SUPPORT MASICORP BY SWIPING YOUR MYVILLAGE/MYSCHOOL CARD
Please note that you can now support Masicorp by swiping your MySchool card each time you shop. Existing cardholders wishing to change their beneficiary can now Update details online . New cardholders can apply for a card by clicking HERE . 

There are over 1500 partner stores across South Africa where you can swipe your card. 

By choosing Masicorp as your beneficiary and swiping your card each time you shop (at no cost to you) - these funds will be go towards our various education programmes in Masiphumelele - every bit helps!!
        DONATE SAFELY VIA SNAPSCAN
  1. Download the free SnapScan app on your smart phone. Go to the Apple Store or Google Play Store to download the app.
  2. Add your bank account to the app using the details found on your bank debit card – follow the instructions.
  3. When you are ready to make a donation, scan the code (the picture above) using your phones camera and add in how much you want to pay.
  4. Masicorp will be notified that you have paid and the money will come off your bank account immediately.
COVID-19 resources 
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