How this local woman is educating the less fortunate about Covid-19: ‘They need help too’

Nokunonga Blom (Photo: Nokunonga Blom/Instagram)
Nokunonga Blom (Photo: Nokunonga Blom/Instagram)

The 29-year-old from Cape Town, who’s part of the organisation Homeless Voices that visits the homeless regularly, decided to do her bit and educate the less fortunate about the dangers of the deadly coronavirus.

Nokubonga explained that she realised how fortunate she was during this pandemic to have access to sanitisers, clean water and the required necessities to keep herself healthy and prevent herself from contracting the virus.

“My heart cried thinking about the homeless. They have no choice but to interact with just anyone on the streets. And even worse, some are not aware of what’s going on around them because they don’t have access to media,” Nokubong explained.

This was when the Capetonian decided to spring into action and purchased long bars of soap which she cut into smaller blocks, placed into a clean ice-cream container and started handing out to the homeless people in Cape Town’s CBD and Bellville.

“They were saying they’ve seen people wearing masks and gloves but aren’t sure of what’s going on.

“Their lives are in great danger and they have a right to a healthy life just like anyone else,” she said.

Nokubonga explained to the homeless what was currently happening and how they could protect themselves from this pandemic while living on the streets.

“They said that they do get access to water so the soap bars would be of great help because the prices have increased at the shops and they can’t afford sanitisers as well.”

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While her charitable work may assist others for a short while, Nokubonga still worries that there are those living on the streets who are already sick and have weak immune systems that could make them “more vulnerable to the disease.”

She has since advocated that more should be done by the government, “such as providing free masks and gloves.”

In addition, she has pleaded with those who are more fortunate to share their resources with the homeless.

“The homeless aren’t dependent on anyone for anything, they depend on the rising of the sun.

“We need to remember that they exist and are part of our society, and we must help them where we can.”

Sources: Instagram, News24

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