Relief and Humanitarian Support
Hope Vouchers – a revolutionary new way to reach the most vulnerable during this global crisis.
We are using a well-established SMS voucher service provider to send Hope Vouchers via SMS to vulnerable households across the province. These vouchers, valued at R400 (+ a 2.5% service fee) can be used at any Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Usave, Checkers or Boxer store, as well as any Flash Spaza Store. They can be used in full or in part to purchase food and other essential items.
Churches and NGO’s are also able to fundraise and use these vouchers for their own communities (for administration purposes we only facilitate groups over 50 people. For smaller numbers we recommend using the Checkers shopping voucher through their website).
We are working with Churches across KZN* to respond to the Covid-19 and related Lockdown crisis which is having a dramatic impact on the livelihoods and food security of millions of people. Relief is one arm of our 5-pronged plan.
For more information, here is a full project outline.
Section 18A Certificates can be issued where required. For financial contributions please use the reference: VOUCHER/Name.
Over the first 6 weeks of the crisis we solely focussed on food distribution through Hope Buckets before moving to a mixture of Buckets and Vouchers.
As of the 19 May 2020 we had distributed 12,183 Hope Buckets across the province (see the running total here)
The team we’re working with
The KZNCC is convening the broad-based KZN Covid-19: Churches Respond project. This is a broad and inclusive coalition of Churches, Christian Associations, Ecumenical Networks and Ministers’ Fraternals committed to using our extensive footprint across the KwaZulu Natal Province to respond more effectively to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lockdown and their respective impact. KZN Response is leading on the relief arm of this joint strategy. This is a network of faith-based organisations involved in Disaster Management and Response work, including CityHope Disaster Relief, Nation Changers, The Domino Foundation, South African Red Cross and Zoë Life. The group has coordinated on regional disasters over the past 6 months and have partnered once again during this pandemic. We are also working with the South African Council of Churches and the Warehouse to facilitate this project.