I received an email last month from Byron, my contact in South Africa, who delivers the food we help to provide for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool and Nursery. They are located in Motherwell, South Africa and like the rest of the world, are dealing with the pandemic.
He let me know that the South African government had created 5 levels of lockdown and at the time of writing, they were on level 3 and only Matrics (final year schooling, grade 12) were allowed back to school under strict circumstances.
Preschools/nurseries have not been allowed to operate so it has been a difficult task to get the food to where it needs to be. However, Byron and Gladys, the amazing woman who runs The EEC, have worked together and managed to successfully and safely deliver food to ALL the little ones who attend her school so that they don’t go hungry and have nutritious meals during this time. The visits have been strictly a drop and go situation to ensure the safety of all parties involved.
I have so much admiration for Byron and Gladys and the love and commitment they have for the children they look after. Byron delivers the food as a volunteer and Gladys created this place when she saw a need in her community, sometimes taking little to no money if parents cannot afford it. I can’t imagine two people who fit the definition of hero better than them. They amaze me, inspire me, and give me hope–they remind me of what we can do if we put our minds and hearts to it.
The photo above is from a pre-pandemic food drop at The EEC–I love getting photos and look forward to receiving them in the future when things are better and safe again.