Proud of my Town (PoMT) has spread its wings to the township of Zwide in Port Elizabeth and last week, we had the privilege of working with Ubuntu Pathways to help bring relief to vulnerable families in need.

Thanks to the Nedbank Proud of My Town fund in Port Elizabeth, Ranyaka was able to facilitate the donation of food, essential household disinfectant supplies and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to 70 households in Zwide. This donation forms part of an extensive Covid-19 relief programme funded by Proud of My Town in six provinces across South Africa.

Ranyaka joined forces with Nedbank team members, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and Ubuntu Pathways to assist these beneficiaries who form part of Ubuntu’s core client database.

More about Ubuntu Pathways

For the past 21 years, Ubuntu Pathways has provided an integrated support system around the issues of health, education and household stability to 2,000 vulnerable children and their families. Ubuntu’s vision is to break the cycle of poverty by helping to meet the needs of South Africa’s most vulnerable children.

Ubuntu runs cradle-to-career programmes that span across early education, primary schooling, HIV treatment and health care, job skills training and more. Covid-19 poses a devastating threat to Ubuntu’s community in Port Elizabeth’s township.

The Ubuntu team quickly mobilised to launch an Emergency COVID-19 Response Unit that is providing life-saving medical supplies, food security and psychosocial support to households in need.

“Together, we are ensuring that vulnerable communities are able to weather this crisis and emerge resilient.” – Ziyanda Ndyoko, Ubuntu Pathways

Zwide is one of the new nodes on the Proud of my Town map. We look forward to getting to know the community of Zwide and to embarking on a journey together with local heroes and stakeholders to tackle the challenges and explore the opportunities in this dynamic township!