Wind farm powers J-Bay creche PPE drive
09 September 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202020437
WITH primary schools now open and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres following suit, many are struggling to afford the personal protective equipment (PPE) required to operate safely and legally.
This prompted the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm recently to fund the manufacture and distribution of 5000 COVID-19 masks for pupils and staff.
The project included the supply of masks to 20 ECD centres and 14 local primary schools among extended Jeffreys Bay communities. The masks were made by local NGO, On Eagles Wings Multi-Purpose Centre and handed to children in Pre-Grade R to Grade 4.
Reflecting efforts to support and protect victims of gender-based violence, each mask has been sewn with the Lifeline counselling number to report violence or child abuse.
“By contracting this local NGO, the project not only helps keep young children safe, but also created short term employment for the members of the organisation as they sewed and packaged the masks,” said Hlengiwe Radebe, Director of Economic Development for Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
While it is not compulsory for all children at ECD centres to wear masks, the Department of Social Development has given a directive that young children should wear masks, especially where there may be young children with COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.
One of the twenty ECD centres that received masks recently is Noah’s Ark in Pellsrus, Jeffreys Bay. The playschool takes care of around 140 children between the age of one and six, offering two meals a day.
A team of four women from On Eagles Wings Multi-Purpose Centre sewed the masks at their homes due to COVID regulations, whilst the centre’s Mercy Cwayi co-ordinated the collection and delivery of the material and other supplies to the team.
“In addition to the masks, many of our team are out in the community, teaching people how to take care not only of themselves but of other people, especially those caring for elderly family members,” Cwayi said.
“We continue to share about the importance of sanitisers, washing hands, taking care of masks and social distancing. We hope that our commitment to the community can make a difference over such a time as this.”