Ishrene Davids (general manager at Ikamva Labantu)
The interview starts with Ishrene speaking about when Ikamva Labantu was establish and what their purpose is in helping underprivileged communities around Cape Town and also who their main target is they help which is children and elderly people.
She spoke about how they operate 21 senior clubs which they help and support to give them basic needs like food and hygiene tools to look after themselves and family’s and to keep them healthy and in good condition.
She told us that they had to close down due to the epidemic that has taken place and have been close since the 17th March due to the virus, which is a huge problem for them and the senior clubs they deal with on a daily.
She adds on and tells us how difficult it would be for them to supply the senior clubs with the needs they get at Ikamva, during the time they are close they organise food parcels to help them to go on for at least 2 weeks.
More difficulty’s is also with staff that is put off due to the virus so that makes it more difficult for them to help these seniors, the staff only comes in at least two days a week but works from home so that makes it more difficult for them to interact with the senior’s, the staff assist them with safety measures how they can prevent the virus like practicing clean hygiene.
She urges the communities to help and protect the elderly cause they are the most venerable for the COVID 19 disease and also adds that there is a huge need for non-perishable foods for them.
By: Brett Bailey