Wolwerivier in the Western Cape has become a home for over 2500 evicted residents from areas around the province most of whom were forced to leave Skandaalkamp, a dumpsite outside of Tableview.
The community is in the middle of nowhere… Nowhere near jobs, schools, healthcare or any basic services with very little access to sanitation necessities.
Most families grow vegetables as a means to survive. Until recently, as many as 40% did not even have identity documents which means that in the greater scheme of things, they simply did not exist on paper. That meant they could not enrol in school, could not access social grants, could not have a bank account or be employed formally.
80% of the families are single mother families. Over 70% are unemployed. Many are HIV Positive and many of those infected do not receive their life-saving medication. People live in a state of despair and hopelessness. The children born here have very little chance of ever escaping the icy grip of this vicious circle of poverty.
With limited access to shops and little to no funds available, the females here are not able to purchase sanitary pads and are forced to resort to harmful alternatives. I am running this campaign in order to raise funds which will assist in supplying the Axel Memorial First Aid Center with sanitary pads for the hundreds of females who would not otherwise have access to this necessity.
Please donate any amount towards assisting the females of Wolwerrivier, it would be most appreciated. I am running this campaign as part of a university project and the aim is to raise as much as possible in 2 hours. So if you are able to assist, please make a donation between 13:00-15:00 on Tuesday, 13 March. However, I plan on reopening the page once the campaign has run its course.
For more information about how else you can get involved with the community, please visit the link below for Sunshine Educare, the single creche in the area. It is run by Nikki Pretorius who also manages the Axel Memorial First Aid Center.