At Mosaic, our vision is that EVERY orphan and vulnerable child in South Africa should be loved in a family setup with enough resources and opportunities to THRIVE.
Hello my friends. With this message I bring you our thoughts and prayers that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Even though we are all practicing social distancing and not seeing each other, that doesn’t mean that we still can’t keep in touch!
Thank God for the electronic means of communication that allows us to stay in constant contact.
Your generous support of Mosaic over the past decade has enabled us to grow and develop a strong organization to help orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Without your help, we would not be ready to shift our focus to provide whatever assistance our beneficiaries need during this pandemic.
We wanted to share an update on how Mosaic and South Africa are doing during this difficult time.
On March 27th, The President of South Africa ordered one of the most stringent lockdown restrictions in the world. The restrictions include:
No going out in public to jog.
No leaving home except for essential trips – buying cigarettes or alcohol is NOT considered essential.
There are heavy fines and prison time for law-breaking. President Ramaphosa recently extended the lock down until the end of April. He also announced that senior politicians would donate a third of their salaries to help those most affected by the pandemic and urged business leaders to do the same.
There is the realization that South Africa is unlikely to avoid a wildfire spread of Covid-19, but this lockdown has bought some time to prepare and gather the materials needed to treat anticipated number of people who will become ill. As the Chairperson of the Advisory Group recently stated, the “difficult truth” remained that an exponential spread of the virus was unavoidable. “We cannot escape this epidemic.” Of course, like everywhere, a lockdown is devastating to the economy.
The biggest problem today is that the townships do not have food. Mosaic in Potch was just notified that it is estimated that 65,000 people in Ikajeng (our original site) do not have food. This doesn’t mean that supplies are running low or that lines are long– they do not have food. The majority of South Africa lives hand to mouth so when their income stops, they can’t buy food even when they can go out.
The staff of Mosaic is still working and contacting our families over phone or WhatsApp to provide a connection to see how everyone is coping. Whether they have food, whether they are healthy and helping to prepare for what is most likely to come.
They are also developing ways to reach out to our children and keep them busy in a productive way since they cannot come to the centers.
Some good news is that Mosaic has received a certificate as an entity that provides essential services. Exactly how this can be used is still being determined. One immediate benefit is that when food parcels are donated, Mosaic can be involved in the distribution. Just this week Wellington and Port Elizabeth received donations of food parcels to distribute. (See picture below)
Our focus is not changed. Mosaic is here to help orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Our methods and our programs might have to alter but our dedication never will.
So what can you do? If you shop on Amazon please use the following Amazon SMILE link as proceeds from every purchase go to Mosaic.
And of course If you have the ability to donate.. click on this link.
Thank you for keeping Mosaic and our beneficiaries in your thoughts and prayers. You are always in ours.
Mosaic-SA In The US
COVID-19 has impacted the world and it has impacted Mosaic, but our vision hasn’t changed and our hearts haven’t changed. Meyer Conradie, Founder and CEO of Mosaic, shares our strategy going forward in this video:
If you feel moved to contribute to assist our communities at this time, please follow the link below:
If you shop on Amazon please use the following Amazon SMILE link as proceeds from every purchase go to Mosaic.
Food Being Delivered to Port Elizabeth
We are all a brilliant piece of the same mosaic.
Our lives intersect and overlap in incredible ways.
The stories we tell are the same as those told in South Africa.
We are parents, caregivers, friends, teachers, children.
We happen to be born in different places with different resources.
We have so much to learn from one another if we take a moment to walk side by side together.
If you are unable to attend but wish to support Mosaic’s 2020 Walking Side by Side Fundraiser, please click the link to donate today!
How are you helping?
At Mosaic, we are dedicated toward changing the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children.