It gives us great pleasure to present this report as Chairperson and Director of Children A’Loud. Serving this organisation with our fellow board of trustees for the past year has been an honour and a rewarding experience. The challenge of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been not so much to navigate the upheaval it caused in our operating environment, serious as that was, but to maintain focus on our mission and to navigate a course beyond the crisis. A national crisis of this longevity will have a lasting impact on society, particularly the poor in our township communities. Our NPO will play a pivotal role in redeveloping community resources and economic recovery.
Our NPO were prevented from offering much needed services to children because of the national lockdown rules and closing of City of CT facilities. The total donor spend for covid relief has been R250 000.00. We have provided 60 families who had lost their income with food parcels and electricity vouchers and provided 5 food kitchens with PPE, gas, vegetables, fruit, beverages and groceries during the period of March 2020 to February 2021. They have in turn fed collectively up to 1000 people per day. Most funders adopted a delay and defer attitude, or moved CSI budgets to food aid, social relief programmes and other Covid-19-related services. We were unable to put our funding appeals, for anything other than covid relief. The entire process of funding has accumulated a 12 month lag and many non-Covid-19 causes will likely miss out on funding in 2021. Luckily for us we still received smaller donations from individuals which has accumulated nicely as no services to children took place during 2020.
We look forward to an imminent lift on lockdown and a future where we can once again offer our valuable lifeskills and educate our children. Gangsterism, violence, drugs and poverty still continue to plague our community but we are positive and still believe that a bright future await the children in our programmes. We will make every effort to change the lives of children in this community.
Our work would not be possible without our loyal donors, our implementing partners and the many relationships and stakeholder partnerships that we have built over time. The Board is enormously grateful to everyone who walks with us on this journey. Thank you for your trust in Children A’Loud. We are absolutely certain that together, we will continue to be the voice of so many underprivileged children in our townships and bring hope to so many of our families in these communities.
Tamlin Klein (Board Chair) and Renee Smith (Director)