- A group of seven students at the University of Johannesburg wanted to make a difference in their communities and started the Joyce Legacy Foundation
- The foundation focuses on hunger alleviation, education, healthcare and social upliftment
- The students have already donated food, face masks and are facilitating online learning
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South Africans have had to deal with a diverse range of issues even before the nationwide lockdown, such as high unemployment, poverty and a lack of service delivery, amongst others.
To make a difference in their communities, a group of seven students at the University of Johannesburg set up the Joyce Legacy Foundation.
The primary focus of the foundation is on hunger alleviation, education, healthcare and social upliftment.
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Briefly.co.za spoke to one of the spokespersons, Mfundo Lembethe, on the ambition of the group and how the lockdown has affected their plans.
Lembethe touched on the foundation's mission:
"To empower others by providing proper assistance so that one day they can also empower and help others. We believe this can be done through donations, by providing essentials such as toiletries such as sanitary pads to university female students, clothes, blankets and food parcels to the homeless and households. Signing tutors for academic assistance in primary, high school and Tertiary level."
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Briefly.co.za learnt that the organisation has donated 150 loaves of bread to the residences of Soweto and distributed 120 face masks to the needy.
The lockdown has curtailed some of their plans due to the enforced social distancing, so the group has focused its efforts on assisting learners through online learning platforms.
Residents in and around Johannesburg can look forward to seeing more good deeds from the foundation once the lockdown comes to an end.
Lembethe shared some words of encouragement to South Africans struggling to adapt to this challenging period:
"My message to South Africa, is stay strong and hopeful. the various private and government sectors are working tirelessly in ensuring stability in the country. Stay hard, this too shall pass."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that a ward secretary was praised on social media for building a house for a local family.
The village leader said everyone deserves to have a home and that is why she built the house.
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