- The Gift of the Givers Foundation has assisted the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital after it faced tragic water shortages due to alleged failing infrastructure
- The organisation said in a statement that it was approached by hospital staff and management at the medical facility to assist with providing water to them
- Gift of the Givers stated that it had donated bottled water to the hospital at the end of May and that its drilling teams have been granted permission to access water
The Gift of the Givers Foundation was reportedly approached by the hospital staff and management of Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital to offer any practical assistance in terms of their water shortage.
The foundation stated that it delivered bottled water on 28 and 31 May and that their drilling teams have been granted permission to drill for water. The permission was granted by the hospital management and infrastructure team.
The hospital and the community surrounding it are in a crisis, said Gift of the Givers. On 19 May, water delivery to the hospital and the area around it was inexplicably shut down with no clear explanation provided by relevant water authorities.
Gift of the Givers' statement
In a statement, Gift of the Givers said the news of the issues with water at the hospital was revealed by the CEO of the medical facility in a media interview. At first, it was believed that the pump failure was due to loadshedding but now it seems as though it was caused by the ageing water infrastructure.
The foundation said:
"The crisis couldn't have come at a more inopportune time with rapidly rising Covid-19 numbers in the third wave in Gauteng, Rahima Moosa being one of the feeder hospital's for the temporarily shut Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, health care workers trying to "catch up" with non-Covid conditions between the second and third wave.
"Add to that a desperate community in the vicinity of the hospital thronging to the hospital in search of drinking water, clearly exacerbating Covid-19 risk."
Gift of the Givers, the helping hand we need
Previously, Briefly News reported on the foundation after a raging fire in Cape Town caused a lot of destruction in the area. Some of the many affected were University of Cape Town students, many of who belong to the Fuller House student residence.
4 000 students receive meals
The Gift of the Givers organisation stepped in to help these students. Heading online, the organisation shared a touching and heartwarming post about how they stepped in to provide meals for about 4 000 students whose student house was affected by the fires that plagued the area.
"#GiftOfTheGivers responds to #UniversityofCapeTown Fuller House (students residence) Fire. Our teams have responded by preparing meals for 4000 students for this evening. UCT has requested #GiftoftheGivers to manage the feeding and other essentials for the next week" they captioned snaps of the fires.
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