During the month against GBV in September 2020, the PACT Pop center launched a once off self care and self worth program, focusing on personal care and grooming of children and youth. The community of Prince Albert , very kindly and enthusiastically donated in kind goods at various drop off points, from deodorant to sanitary ware. 160 children were attended too on one day, from nail clipping to washing, shaving and braiding of hair.
It was decided to build on this by creating another pillar, called the Ek is Oulik meal and care voucher, for locals and visitors to purchase and then share with children and youth on the streets of the town, instead of giving money or goods. A booklet of R50.00, with 5 tear off vouchers can be bought at the PACT pop center office or the offices of PA Tourism in the centre of town.
A voucher can only be redeemed for a meal at the centre and a self-care session will be provided by interns and volunteers. During the weekend, voucher bearers can get a meal from the ATM soup kitchen in Sipres Avenue, North End.
Lastly, the Covid 19 feeding scheme that ran from March 2020-February 2021 is also renamed and integrated into Ek is Oulik and will be in conjunction with partners DSD and Badisa who will assist in the identification of vulnerable, older folk, pre-schoolers who fall outside of formal groups and out of school youth – they will be registered as part of the daily feeding scheme plus the 200 children who are already registered with the ECD, Pikkies en Kleuters as well as the after care programs of the centre. Each beneficiary will receive a personalised bar code and registers will be kept to track meals, recipients, health and other data plus help in stock management and cost control going forward.
Leeu Gamka and Klaarstroom ECD centers are also supported within this feeding initiative.