We stand together in difficult times

The partnership committees of the circuits Bramsche and Melle-Georgsmarienhütte together with "Friends of Partnership e.V." are calling for a "Corona Emergency Aid South Africa" fundraising campaign to help our partners in South Africa to alleviate the greatest need.

Donations are possible:

Kirchenamt Osnabrück,
IBAN: DE87 2655 0105 0000 0450 88,
Verwendungszweck: Corona-Soforthilfe Südafrika

Online-Donations:
https://altruja.de/coronasoforthilfe

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or

Friends of Partnership
IBAN: DE48 2655 2286 0000 1014 93
Verwendungszweck: Corona-Soforthilfe Südafrika

 

We'll collect donations untill Tuesday, June 2, 2020, which will then be transferred to South Africa immediately!

The patron of the fundraiser, Dean Hannes Meyer-ten Thoren, Melle-Georgsmarienhütte circuit, says: "We must now show our Christian solidarity with our South African partners so that people can survive."
The fundraising campaign is based on various reports that have reached us in the past few days and weeks. See below. Since the corona virus reached Europe in early March and South Africa only a month later, the effects are very different. While there are various aid systems in Germany (short-time work aid, unemployment aid, state special funds, employer support, wage subsidies for systemically relevant work areas), the country of South Africa is further away from state aid: school meals for children in need have dropped away completely since the schools closed on 24 March, which particularly affects children and young people who have to live without parents and who are dependent on their grandparents' insufficient pension. Pastors are also affected, most of whom are paid for by the donations of worshipers - but like in Germany - the services have not been possible in South Africa since the end of March.

Child headed family in Christianenburg parish (2007)
Child headed family in Christianenburg parish (2007)

South Africa is still at the beginning of the pandemic and no easing of restrictions is in sight. The curves of the infected and deceased are still clearly increasing. The following graphic shows that the provinces of Western Cape (Cape Town and the surrounding area), Gauteng (Greater Johannesburg / Pretoria) and KwaZulu-Natal in the south-east of the country are particularly affected.

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(graphics as updated daily if possible, data taken from https://gis.nicd.ac.za/portal/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/0ec12f471aaa4055999366669b38482d)

Download the grafics as pdf-file: Corona_Stat_RSA_20200526_NEU

Graphics of the pandemy in Germany you may find at https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/478220a4c454480e823b17327b2bf1d4/page/page_1/

 

Here are some descriptions from friends in South Africa:

"The sad thing is that although the number of infections is not as high as Gauteng and Cape Town but Ethekwini (Durban and surounding locations) death rate is the highest in the country. Präsident Cyril Ramaphosa has been a shining star in coordinating leading teams from various professionals, scientists, academics and interest community groups to set up systems to curtail the spread of the disease. Unfortunately it can not be prevented but can be somewhat controlled. The sad situation is that over 9 million school children who have been assisted to get food from a school feeding program can not get food because of schools being closed since March. High unemployment, continuous loss of jobs exposes people from possibly dying from hunger on one side and from Covid,- 19 on the other hand. The Government has tried in many ways to raise money which means increasing debt to support the poor. Through the media over 16 million rand has been raised by people from all walks of life to provide food parcels for the poor. Some people in the rural areas find it difficult to keep to the Lockdown rules of reducing the number of people in funerals, stop going to church and avoid overcrowding by stopping organising community rituals like weddings and parties. This raises the infection rate.  The Department of health started intensive case finding by testing communities. They should be testing about 8000 people country wide on a daily basis. Through this activity they are able to find cases who would probably not even go to hospital because they may not even be having symptoms of the disease and yet spreading the virus. Ethekwini is one of the hot sports of the disease do ad much as possible we should be observing the rules of preventing spreading the disease.“

Rhosta Gcaba, Durban-Westville, 26.04.2020

Verteilung von Lebensmittelpaketen in Ntuzuma
Verteilung von Lebensmittelpaketen in Ntuzuma

Das vollständige Video gibt es hier: https://youtu.be/pMFSSr0sIFo

 

 

Street shop
Street shop

„I sell sweets, fries, cookies, and fruit at Dukemini Elementary School. I have had no income since the Covid 19 pandemic because I depend on the money I make from selling it.”

Miss Elisabeth Mlambo

 

 

 

Rev. Joe Lüdemann JL"Social distancing in a tin hut settlement is simply impossible: If seven people live on 9m² and the next tin hut is one meter away, there is a tap for 30 tin huts and there are no toilets, then there is no way out.”

Joe Lüdemann, Durban

Tin made huts in a township
Tin made huts in a township

 

 

“As for the food parcels, I think they are not enough and do not reach everyone. I think it’s best if people get coupons or money to shop for themselves for about 3 months. ”

 

Pirna circuit also supports its partner parishes Mtulwa and Pietermaritzburg-North with an appeal for donations for the pastors' salaries.

 

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