Foundation pays it forward

Blaqpearl Foundation team members, Waydene Esau, Kirsten Fortuin, Janine Overmeyer, Gertrude van Rooi, and volunteer Jane Deverix.

The Blaqpearl Foundation has been donating food parcels from FoodForward SA to their recipients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They mostly work with women and the unemployed, so it is imperative that they assist them where they can, they told the Plainsman on Wednesday July 29.

“We have over 500 people on our database. We wanted to do something to help them,” said Janine Overmeyer, co-director of the Blaqpearl Foundation.

The food parcels are distributed once a month and all recipients are informed when to collect.

“We are trying to find our feet just like everyone else during the lockdown period. We are functioning online and doing our courses online,” said Ms Overmeyer.

While they have been running their programmes online, finding new recruits has proven to be a challenge as they are not able to move around as much.

“We know that unemployment has hit everyone now more than ever. We also offer entrepreneurship and job creation programmes for women and unemployed people so that they can tap into starting their own businesses especially in the beauty and health industry to generate their own income,” said Ms Overmeyer.

Women and youth interested in their programmes can send a WhatsApp to 062 206 1310, weekdays, between 9am and 4pm.