SmartAid Donates 4 800 Face Shields for the Ikamva Labantu Township Community

Aug 26, 2021

A group of early childhood development (ECD) principals from Khayelitsha overjoyed at receiving critical PPE, reusable face shields. The face shields were handed over at an event at Kwakhanya Early Childhood Development and Training Centre in Khayelitsha. Each principal received sufficient face shields for their practitioners (teachers). Hundreds of children thrive under the influence of these frontline workers. A brighter future for the children of Khayelitsha awaits.

SmartAid facilitated a magnificent donation of 4 800 face shields for Ikamva Labantu’s community development programmes. 

SmartAid is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, specialising in delivering innovative technology to the field. The face shields were developed by Toyota Australia and manufactured by Brite Australia. A special thank you to Toyota Australia who generously funded the transport of the shipment to Cape Town.

Ikamva Labantu, a community-led organisation, works in vulnerable township communities in the Cape Metropole, where hunger, poverty, and crime stalk the neighbourhoods every day. COVID has added another level to the socio-economic challenges faced in the Cape Town townships. Walking alongside the communities it serves, Ikamva Labantu’s programmes and initiatives address the lack of fundamental human rights such as safety, nutrition and access to health care and education.

Ikamva Labantu is incredibly grateful to our friends in Australia at Toyota Australia and Brite for their generosity. A particular word of thanks to Alethea Gold, Goodwill Ambassador for Smartaid in Australia, for her ongoing commitment and caring for the vulnerable people of Cape Town township communities.  

“From inception in January, Alethea and Shachar Zahavi smoothly steered the process from Australia to Cape Town.  Mitchell Naidoo of MS Express South Africa and his team spent many hours giving exceptional leadership and professional guidance for an efficient importing process.  To David Lazarus, Executive Chairman of RAM, who didn’t hesitate when approached by Alethea to deliver the consignment to Masks for Medics storage facility in Cape Town, we say a big THANK YOU.  A particular word of thanks to Moenieb Reddy of RAM, who organized and coordinated the delivery.

Your investment is helping to protect community frontline workers, who each day make a significant impact on the survival and wellbeing of men, women, children and the elderly living in challenging circumstances. Each one of you has added value and helped to restore hope,” said Ikamva Labantu Senior Fundraiser, Barbara Miller, who managed the donation and handover process for the organization.

Ikamva Labantu will distribute the vital protective face shields to our Community Feeding Sites, home-based seniors and afterschool sites across the eight township communities around the Cape Metropole. 

YOU are saving lives. Siyabulela!