As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Breede Valley APD realised that more and more persons with disabilities and their families in our communities are severely affected by poverty and that the handing out of food parcels is not effective in addressing these needs. These vulnerable persons and their families need to be empowered in different and creative ways to be able to change their lives. Through the Adopt a Family initiative, 20 families in Rawsonville, Zwelethemba, De Doorns, Touws River and Worcester are identified and screened by the social workers for participating in the project.

Many people in our communities want to reach out and help, but they don’t know how. By “adopting” one of the 20 vulnerable families, they can share knowledge, resources and time in any manner that they feel comfortable with – in the process positively impacting and enriching the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.

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