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Slowing down Covid-19 in Khayelitsha, Capetown #MasksOn

Khayelitsha, South Africa

Slowing down Covid-19 in Khayelitsha, Capetown #MasksOn

Khayelitsha, South Africa

The first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Cape Town's largest township. Especially in the townships the virus will have catastrophic consequences. Let us together support those in need!

Jonathan Knickmann from Enactus Wuppertal e.V. | 
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About this project

In Khayelitsha, the largest township of Cape Town the first COVID-19 case was confirmed on 29 March. It is assumed that the virus will have catastrophic consequences in the townships. Many people live close together.

To slow down the virus in Khayelitsha as much as possible, we would like to make a contribution and, together with our friends and partners from South Africa, distribute masks and soap to as many people as possible as soon as possible.

Already for 1 € we can distribute 1 mask!

Please don't think long and use the 1 € you currently save for your Coffee-to-Go and help the people in the township!

For a long-term solution we are currently creating an awareness campaign, using the hashtag #MasksOn. Please post a photo on social media platforms using #MasksOn.

Why Khayelitsha? What is our connection to Khayelitsha?
In 2018 we met 3 fantastic young men from Khayelitsha, who distribute backpacks to children in need in schools and sanitary pads to girls who otherwise could not afford them (http://kusasalethugroup.com/). Since then we have been working closely with them, for example in the WEpads project (https://www.instagram.com/we.pads/). Until a few days ago we were in Khayelitsha ourselves, together with 20 students of the University of Wuppertal, and worked together with local non-profit organisations.

Why the masks and soaps?
The masks and soaps serve as the first step of an educational campaign. People in need, who receive a mask, will additionally receive the knowledge to produce their own masks in the future and to carry out hygienic measures to protect themselves and their loved ones.
The campaign runs under the #MasksOn. Information is summarized on the website: https://www.masks-on.com/

If you have any questions or feedback, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please send us an e-mail: jonathan.knickmann@wuppertal.enactus.de.

Updated at 15. April 2020

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