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South Africa

Mitigating the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among South Africa’s Most Vulnerable Children and Families Pathways

By Ubuntu Pathways

Registered Charity

Executive Summary

COVID-19 is the greatest challenge in Ubuntu’s 21-year history. We serve a disproportionately vulnerable community in Port Elizabeth, which is comprised of clients living with HIV; immuno-compromised children; and elderly heads of households. There are almost 3,000 cases in the Eastern Cape, where Ubuntu is located, and the situation is quickly deteriorating: food insecurity is dire, local clinics are shutting down due to lack of PPE and COVID-19 outbreaks; and domestic abuse and unrest is soaring. We have launched an Emergency COVID-19 Response Unit to provide life-saving medical, food security, and psychosocial support. We are mobilising civil society and local government to deliver on our community’s needs. We are providing 2,150 households (more than 15,000 people) with food packages; serving more than 600 clients with HIV treatment and care; and supporting over 160 youth who have lost their jobs. With additional funding, we can sustain our response for three months.

Impact Indicators

People: Social Impact

Number of Lives Impacted:



Female, Male


0-3, 4-11, 12-17, 18-25, 26-40, 41-60, 60+

Employment Status:

Student, Employed, Self-employed, Unemployed





Planet: Environmental Impact







Topic and Activity Grid



Children & Youth

Health & Medical

Food and Hunger


Disaster Relief




Goods Provision

Infrastructure Provision

Services Provision

Research & Development

Raising Awareness




South Africa

Project Outcome Indicators

Short Term:

— Quantitative record of medical services provided to clients and key health indicators

Maintain low viral loads and high adherence rates among clients living with HIV, moderating risks presented by COVID-19

— Quantitative record of food deliveries completed

Prevent hunger and malnutrition; limit risk of contracting COVID-19 through continued quarantine/social distancing

— Quantitative record of PPE distributed to local clinics

Ensure continued operation of local health care facilities to provide COVID-19 testing and treatment to 2,500 daily

— Qualitative record of client progress kept through continued virtual engagement

Ensure that clients’ evolving needs are provided for, promoting continued health and safety

— Quantitative record of students benefited from remote learning programmes

Continue education and learning for Ubuntu’s early education and primary school students

Long Term:

— Qualitative and quantitative records of client physical and mental health

Protect long-term client health and safety as a result of targeted assistance during the COVID crisis

— Qualitative record of children returning to school following post-COVID re-opening

Safeguard children’s academic and developmental progress due to ongoing support provided during COVID crisis

— Qualitative record of young people re-entering the workforce following post-COVID re-opening

Increase percentage of young people returning to work and providing for their families as a result of bridge assistance during COVID crisis


Life-Saving Medical Care: Ubuntu is providing life-saving HIV management and care to over 600 clients; health monitoring to pregnant women and infants; and ongoing sexual and reproductive health services to protect the most vulnerable to the virus. We are also providing PPE and clinical capacity support and training to local clinics, ensuring that they can remain open to serve 2,500 community members daily.

1)	Sustainable Food Assistance: Food security presents the biggest challenge to our community as a result of the pandemic. With support from local leaders, the Kolisi Foundation, and corporate partners, we are providing food parcels to 2,150 households. Food parcels include nutritional staples as well as cleaning and PPE supplies. This is providing much-needed economic relief and keeping our community safe by limiting social interactions. With additional funding, we believe we have the capacity to provide monthly food security assistance to 4,000 households (approx. 28,000 people).

2)	Case Management & Wraparound Support: In response to the recent spike in domestic abuse and unrest locally, our team has scaled up psychosocial services and other safety interventions to protect women and children. As schooling has paused, we have developed digital educational forums. We are also meeting the changing needs of youth who have lost their livelihoods and supporting them to re-enter the workforce and become drivers of the region’s economic recovery.



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Project Budget:


2 Funders supported this project

£286,331 (70%)

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will provide Contribution: Life-Saving Medical Services: Deliver HIV treatment and other health services to the most vulnerable, including clients living with HIV and immuno-compromised children


will provide Job Skills Training: Give unemployed youth and their families the support they need to re-enter the workforce as the lockdown begins to lift


will provide Case Management and Counselling: Provide emergency crisis management support for women and children facing abuse and/or domestic violence


will provide Critical PPE Distributions: Help provide personal protective equipment to families and local clinics


will provide Food Security: Provide one household with a month-long supply of nutritious food and essential household supplies


1 year

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Goal 1: No Poverty

This goal focuses on the poor and vulnerable, and aims to: reduce the population living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions, build a policy environment that is supportive of the poor and vulnerable, ensure that the poor and vulnerable have equal rights to economic resources and basic services, land & property, and reduce their exposure to the risks of economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

This goal focuses on all areas of food access, nutrition, agricultural productivity, sustainable production and consumption systems, and fostering a resilient ecosystem to shocks and disasters by promoting the diversity of crops. In addition it promotes investment in rural infrastructure, makes a commitment to addressing trade issues, and to oversee a functioning food commodity market.

Goal 3: Good Health And Wellbeing

This goal covers all aspects of health and wellbeing from infant mortality to effective service provision to those suffering from substance addiction. There are special commitments to ensuring access to affordable healthcare, the development of disease treatment, cure and prevention, and to strengthen the capacity of all countries for early warning, risk reduction and management of global health risks.

Goal 4: Quality Education

This goal seeks parity in access to education. There is specific focus on areas of early years development, and throughout the educational landscape, from literacy and numeracy to technical and tertiary education. There is a specific mention of upgrading educational infrastructure to be fully inclusive in terms of gender, disability and culture, offering bursaries and scholarships to address imbalances, and also to ensure high quality training and supply of educators.

Goal 5: Gender Equality

This goal seeks to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. There is a specific focus on violence, trafficking and other types of exploitation, as well as a recognition of unpaid care work, provision of basic public services, and full reproductive and sexual rights. In the spirit of equality of access and opportunity, there is a workplace leadership and economic element, as well as the creation of an empowering policy environment for women and girls at all levels.

Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation

This goal champions universal and equitable access to water and sanitation for all people. There is an element around hygiene promotion, efficiency of use, championing the building and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure and technologies, and building strong international partnerships to ensure equality and sustainability of water and sanitation services worldwide.

Goal 7: Affordable And Clean Energy

This goal focuses on access to energy in a way that is modern, affordable, sustainable and reliable. There is also a commitment to promote and expand the share of energy production by renewable means, championing research and investment into energy efficiency and technologies, and ensuring that the infrastructure and technology has the capacity to support these aims, especially in developing countries.

Goal 8: Decent Work And Economic Growth

This goal covers all aspects of sustainable economic growth and providing full and productive, decent work for all people. The goal is progressive in its promotion of development-oriented policies around entrepreneurship and job creation, resource efficiency, and an end to forced labour and slavery. There’s also a special consideration to reducing the unbanked population, and promoting an integrated strategy around the future of work and the employment of young people.

Goal 9: Industry Innovation And Infrastructure

This goal supports the building of infrastructure and innovations to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation. The focus is on equality of access to economic development within countries, regions and across borders. There is specific promotion of research and development of technologies both in country and cross-border, and in turn increase access to connectivity, information and communication through access to the internet.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

This goal seeks to reduce inequality within and among countries, in terms of economic, social, and political inclusion. There is a commitment to achieve and sustain the income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population at a rate higher than a national average, reduce and eliminate discriminatory laws and practices, monitor international financial markets, encourage development assistance and financial flows, from nation states to individuals in the form of remittances.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities

This goal pertains to the urban environment in terms of safety, sustainability, respect for heritage, environmental considerations, and the connectivity between urban, peri-urban and rural settlements and areas. Specifically, ensuring that cities are safe, inclusive and of net benefit to its inhabitants, the wider population, and the planet as a whole.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption And Production

This goal promotes the move towards sustainability of consumption and production on a national and global scale, and covers everything from transparency and clarity on consumer choice, to the sustainable management of waste from industrial production. This Goal specifically looks at influencing businesses (through recommendation and policy) to incorporate sustainability into their procurement, staffing, and reporting, such that sustainability is embedded in the consumption and production cycle.

Goal 13: Climate Action

This goal covers all aspects of addressing and combating climate change. From strengthening resilience of populations at risk of natural disasters and climate based hazards, to education at a human and institutional level on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Goal 14: Life Below Water

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our oceans, seas and marine resources. With an emphasis on reducing marine pollution, increasing the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems, research on and minimisation of marine acidification, and sustainably managing water-reliant economies to ensure biodiversity while also ensuring fair work and income for those dependent on the oceans.

Goal 15: Life On Land

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our terrestrial ecosystems. This includes a commitment to protecting forests, creating a coherent plan against soil degradation, desertification, and the destruction of habitats of flora and fauna, all of which are critical to biodiversity and sustainable development. This is to be encouraged at a policy level, with a commitment to mobilise resources (financial and non-financial) to enable this conservation.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions

This goal focuses on the promotion, development, and maintenance of strong institutions to ensure peace, justice, and inclusion in society. This is detailed as promoting transparency, reducing crime in all forms including terrorism, violent and financial crimes, ensuring every individual is provided a legal identity and has equal and fair access to these institutions.

Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals

This goal promotes working together, which will strengthen the means of implementation from a local to a global level to achieve sustainable development. Specifically the partnerships are divided into financial, technological, capacity-building, trade, policy and institutional coherence, including multiple stakeholders, and monitoring and accountability. By partnering on any or all of these bases will assist in the reliable achievement of the other 16 Goals.

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Your project is addressing the following pillars:


An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.


Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.


Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.


Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.


To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.

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