A local mom, Romy Saitowitz, has made 200 cloth face masks on her sewing machine at home - and she's not slowing down.
She hopes to make 500 before the end of South Africa's lockdown, which is tentatively scheduled for the end of April, for the gogos cared for by Ikamva Labantu.
The organisations work focuses on early childhood development, the wellbeing of older persons and afterschool initiatives that keep children safe and off the streets. Meaning “Future of The People”, Ikamva Labantu was launched as a non-governmental and non-profit organisation.
In these tough times, the grandmothers are facing even more hardship, as they care for children on just their pension payout each month.
Romy shared in a Facebook post that these "special seniors care for thousands of young children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS".
She saw it necessary to do her part in the community and help people during these trying times. "I’ve known of the work of Ikamva Labantu for a long time," Romy told Parent24.
"Their founder Helen Lieberman has been a community activist for over 50 years. I heard about their Seniors programme - very few NGOs focus on the needs of Seniors."
"Gogos have a special place in my heart," the working mom explained, adding "my grandmother was a source of unconditional love for me."
Romy, who has been sewing as a hobby for about three years, and says that if anyone wants to help out, they're very welcome to get in touch with Jovana Djeri, Head of Sustainability, on Jovana@ikamva.co.za.
She shared some behind-the-scenes pics on Facebook:
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