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VIVA Foundation DE - Rundbrief

 

July, 2020

Liebe Freunde,

Unter sehr strengen Sicherheitsbestimmungen und unter Einhaltung aller vorgeschriebenen Maßnahmen hat unser Zentrum am 6. Juli 2020 wieder Kinder aufgenommen. Die Klassen 2 bis 6 haben mit dem Unterricht begonnen und die Klassen RR [Vorschule] bis Klasse 1 beginnen am 13. Juli 2020.

Es ist eine sehr seltsame neue Welt für die Kinder, und einige von ihnen bekamen Angst, als sie all die Sicherheitsmaßnahmen sahen. Nur wenige Menschen in der Siedlung beachten die Sicherheitsvorschriften, und wenn die Kinder ihre Lehrer in Schutzanzügen sehen und ihre Temperaturen messen lassen, wird ihnen die Schwere der Bedrohung für ihre Gesundheit und ihr Wohlbefinden bewusst.

Das Zentrum wird in zwei Schichten betrieben: die Kleinen von 7:30 bis 10:30 Uhr und die Älteren von 11:00 bis 15:00 Uhr. Das gesamte Viva Village musste neu strukturiert werden: jeden Tag muss jedes Kind untersucht werden, und jedes, das Symptome von Covid19 aufweist, wird sofort unter Quarantäne gestellt. In Südafrika haben sich allein im Juni mehr als 2000 Lehrer infiziert, als die Regierung öffentliche Schulen für die Klassen 8 und 12 wiedereröffnete.

Wir müssen beten und glauben, dass unser kleines Lehrerkollegium gesund bleibt und dass unsere Kinder in Sicherheit sind, damit wir ihre Ausbildung fortsetzen und sicherstellen können, dass sie zu essen bekommen und geschützt werden.

Wir verteilen weiterhin Lebensmittelpakete an ihre Familien und andere gefährdete Haushalte, da der Hunger zur Hauptbedrohung geworden ist.

Vielen Dank für Ihre Unterstützung!

 

Leon und Meleney Kriel und das Viva-Team

 

Vielen Dank an: 

Heva e.V. 

Hans und Gretel Burkhardt Stiftung

Freie Gemeinde Neugraben 

Gemeinde Unterwegs Neustatten

Patenschaft-Sponsoren

Privat-Sponsoren 

 

April, 2020

Liebe Freunde,

Wir hoffen, dass es Ihnen in dieser Zeit globaler Ungewissheit gutgeht. Dies sind sehr ungewöhnliche Zeiten, und man ist dankbar für jeden Segen, jede Freundschaft, jede Familienbindung und alle materiellen Annehmlichkeiten, die wir genießen können, obwohl wir sie vielleicht in Isolation genießen müssen.

Als notwendige Präventivmaßnahme gegen die Bedrohung durch das Corona-Virus mussten unsere Schulen geschlossen werden. Dies wirkt sich nachteilig auf unterprivilegierte Kinder aus, die von den Mahlzeiten abhängig sind, die sie in der Schule erhalten und für die die Schule der einzige sichere Ort war. Sie sehen sich jetzt der Gefahr von Hunger und häuslicher Gewalt ausgesetzt.

Diese Kinder hungern und sind extrem anfällig für häusliche Gewalt und sexuelle Misshandlung, wenn sie allein zu Hause bleiben oder, was noch schlimmer wäre, wenn sie sich zu Hause in Gegenwart von arbeitslosen Erwachsenen befinden. 

Sie brauchen Nahrung, sie brauchen Unterstützung, aber die Spenden sind sehr dramatisch zurückgegangen, da die einzelnen Spender um ihre eigene Zukunft besorgt und verunsichert sind von den Auswirkungen, die die Pandemie auf die Wirtschaft hat. 

Online-Schulbildung ist sehr schwierig in einer Bevölkerungsgruppe, die über keine Computer verfügt und keinen Internetzugang hat.  Wir prüfen zurzeit die Möglichkeiten, wie wir unseren Unterricht über das Radio übertragen und wie wir auch Arbeitsblätter für den Unterricht zusammen mit den Lebensmittelpaketen verteilen können.

Der Rückgang von Spenden, verbunden mit einem höheren Bedarf an Dienstleistungen, ist eine sehr schwierige Situation, mit der die Wohltätigkeitsorganisationen allgemein konfrontiert sind. 

Auch die Viva Foundation ist von diesem Spendenrückgang betroffen und kann ohne dringende Hilfsmaßnahmen ihre Dienste nicht mit den derzeit eingegangenen Mitteln aufrechterhalten. 

Wir brauchen Geld für Lebensmittel, damit wir Lebensmittelpakete in extrem gefährdete Haushalte bringen können und um unser Team von Sozialarbeitern und Betreuern aufrechtzuerhalten, das uns bei der Bewältigung der Situation hilft.

Wir haben aktuell bereits in den sozialen Medien unseren erhöhten Bedarf an Lebensmitteln und finanzieller Unterstützung publik gemacht.  Hier handelt es sich um unseren MONATLICHEN Bedarf: Wir möchten mindestens 300 Lebensmittelpakete im Wert von je 20 € pro Monat bereitstellen, plus Schutzausrüstung, Transport und Zuwendungen für die Teams, die die Lebensmittelpakete zusammenstellen und verteilen. Außerdem muss unser Lehrpersonal bezahlt werden, das die Schüler/innen mit Lehrmaterial und Hilfe beim Fernunterricht unterstützt. Hierfür brauchen wir mindestens 10.000 € pro Monat.

Wir bitten jeden von Ihnen um eine dringende Spende von 20 Euro oder mehr, sofern Sie dazu in der Lage sind.

Die aktuellen Entwicklungen finden Sie in den Social-Media-Plattformen von Viva und als E-Mail-Newsletter. Bitte geben Sie Ihre Kontaktdaten an, wenn Sie eine Spendenbescheinigung erhalten möchten. 

Vielen Dank für Ihre Unterstützung!

 

Leon und Meleney Kriel und das Viva-Team

VIVA Foundation SA - Newsletter

 

Newsletter - July 2020
 
Under very stringent safety regulations and prescribed measures, our centre received children again, on the 6th of July 2020.  Grades 2 to 6 started school and Grades RR [pre-school] to Grade 1, will start on the 13th of July 2020. 
 
It is a very strange, new world for the children and some of them became very fearful, when they saw all the measures in place.  Few people in the settlement observe safety measures and seeing their teachers in Hazmat suits and having their temperatures taken, drove home the seriousness of the threat to their health and wellbeing.
 
The centre will operate in 2 shifts: the little ones from 7:30 - 10:30 and the older ones from 11:00 -15:00.  The whole Viva Village had to be re-spaced and every day, each child has to be screened and anyone found with Covid19 symptoms must be quarantined immediately.  In South Africa 2 000+ teachers were infected in June alone, when Government opened Public Schools for Grade 8 and 12. 
 
We have to pray and believe that our small faculty, will remain healthy and our children safe, so that we can continue with their education and make sure they are fed and protected.  We continue to distribute food parcels to their families and other vulnerable households, as hunger has become the primary threat.
 
FEEDING SCHEME: We have exceeded the half-million-meals mark!  
 
Viva is distributing food in Mamelodi East and Melville, Johannesburg, weekly.  Since the beginning of the lockdown, we have distributed food parcels that provided at least 518 000 individual meals at these two locations. We are aiming for a Million Meals during the lockdown period and can only do it with the help of individuals and companies sponsoring food and money.  
 
If you want to support this project, please Donate and mark your donation "Mamelodi" for the feeding scheme at the Viva Village and "Melville" for the Johannesburg distribution. 
 
Thank you so much for your support!  
 
Warmest regards 
 
Leon, Meleney and the Viva Team 
 
 

 

 

Newsletter - April 2020

 

Dear Friends

 

We trust you are well in this time of Global unease.  These are very unusual times and it makes one thankful for every blessing, every friendship, every family tie and all the material comforts that we can enjoy, despite, perhaps having to enjoy them in confinement.

 

A very troubling impact of schools closing as a necessary preventative measure against the Corona Virus threat, is the risk of Hunger and Domestic Violence to underprivileged children, who depend on the meals they receive at school and for whom school was the only safe place. 

These children are going hungry and are extremely vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual exploitation, alone at home, or worst still, at home in the presence of unemployed adults.  

They need food, they need support, but the donations have dropped very dramatically, as individual donors are concerned for their own future and the uncertainty the pandemic has unleashed on the economy.  

 

Remote schooling is very difficult in a community that has no computers and internet access.  We are looking into broadcasting lessons via the radio, and also to hand out lesson worksheets with the food parcels.

The drop in donations, combined with the higher need for services, is a very concerning reality faced by charities.  

The Viva Foundation has likewise noticed this drop in donations and cannot maintain the services with the level of funding it receives, without urgent assistance.  

We need money for groceries so that we can take food parcels to extremely vulnerable households and to maintain our team of social workers and care workers, that will manage the support under the restrictions.


Presently, we have been posting a need on Social Media for food and financial assistance.  This is MONTHLY need - if we are to provide only 300 food parcels per month, € 20 each, plus provide protective gear, transport and stipends to the teams doing the food parcels and our faculty members who will be supporting the learners remotely with educational material and follow up, an additional €10 000 per month will barely be enough. 


We call on everyone who is able to make a donation of €20, or more, to please do so urgently.  

Updates and reporting will be posted via the Viva social media platforms and per email newsletter.  Please provide your details, if you wish to receive a Donation Receipt.  

Thank you very much for your support! 

Leon and Meleney Kriel and the Viva Team
Registered in the following countries: 

Viva Foundation e.V. [Germany]
Viva Foundation of South Africa [NPO & PBO]
Viva Foundation UK [United Kingdom]

 

VIVA Foundation UK - Newsletter

 
Newsletter - July 2020
 
Under very stringent safety regulations and prescribed measures, our centre received children again, on the 6th of July 2020.  Grades 2 to 6 started school and Grades RR [pre-school] to Grade 1, will start on the 13th of July 2020. 
 
It is a very strange, new world for the children and some of them became very fearful, when they saw all the measures in place.  Few people in the settlement observe safety measures and seeing their teachers in Hazmat suits and having their temperatures taken, drove home the seriousness of the threat to their health and wellbeing.
 
The centre will operate in 2 shifts: the little ones from 7:30 - 10:30 and the older ones from 11:00 -15:00.  The whole Viva Village had to be re-spaced and every day, each child has to be screened and anyone found with Covid19 symptoms must be quarantined immediately.  In South Africa 2 000+ teachers were infected in June alone, when Government opened Public Schools for Grade 8 and 12. 
 
We have to pray and believe that our small faculty, will remain healthy and our children safe, so that we can continue with their education and make sure they are fed and protected.  We continue to distribute food parcels to their families and other vulnerable households, as hunger has become the primary threat.
 
FEEDING SCHEME: We have exceeded the half-million-meals mark!  
 
Viva is distributing food in Mamelodi East and Melville, Johannesburg, weekly.  Since the beginning of the lockdown, we have distributed food parcels that provided at least 518 000 individual meals at these two locations. We are aiming for a Million Meals during the lockdown period and can only do it with the help of individuals and companies sponsoring food and money.  
 
If you want to support this project, please Donate and mark your donation "Mamelodi" for the feeding scheme at the Viva Village and "Melville" for the Johannesburg distribution. 
 
Thank you so much for your support!  
 
Warmest regards 
 
Leon, Meleney and the Viva Team 
 
 

 

April 2020 

 

Dear Friends

 

Viva Foundation is now registered in the UK and we are in the process of opening a bank account and setting up our charity's activities. We had planned to travel to the UK for our first Trustees Meeting in May this year, but those plans had to be placed on hold.  Also, the process of opening a charity bank account seems to be on hold as we are not getting response from our contact with the bank.  We are nevertheless very excited that our organisation is expanding.  

 

These are very unusual times and it makes one thankful for every blessing, every friendship, every family tie and all the material comforts that we can enjoy, despite, perhaps having to enjoy them in confinement.

 

A very troubling impact of schools closing as a necessary preventative measure against the Corona Virus threat, is the risk of Hunger and Domestic Violence to underprivileged children, who depend on the meals they receive at school and for whom school was the only safe place. 

These children are going hungry and are extremely vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual exploitation, alone at home, or worst still, at home in the presence of unemployed adults.  

They need food, they need support, but the donations have dropped very dramatically, as individual donors are concerned for their own future and the uncertainty the pandemic has unleashed on the economy.  

 

Remote schooling is very difficult in a community that has no computers and internet access.  We are looking into broadcasting lessons via the radio, and also to hand out lesson worksheets with the food parcels.

The drop in donations, combined with the higher need for services, is a very concerning reality faced by charities.  

The Viva Foundation has likewise noticed this drop in donations and cannot maintain the services with the level of funding it receives, without urgent assistance.  

We need money for groceries so that we can take food parcels to extremely vulnerable households and to maintain our team of social workers and care workers, that will manage the support under the restrictions.


Presently, we have been posting a need on Social Media for food and financial assistance.  This is MONTHLY need - if we are to provide only 300 food parcels per month, € 20 each, plus provide protective gear, transport and stipends to the teams doing the food parcels and our faculty members who will be supporting the learners remotely with educational material and follow up, an additional €10 000 per month will barely be enough. 


We call on everyone who is able to make a donation of €20, or more, to please do so urgently.  

Updates and reporting will be posted via the Viva social media platforms and per email newsletter.  Please provide your details, if you wish to receive a Donation Receipt.  

Thank you very much for your support! 

Leon and Meleney Kriel and the Viva Team
Registered in the following countries: 

Viva Foundation e.V. [Germany]
Viva Foundation of South Africa [NPO & PBO]
Viva Foundation UK [United Kingdom]