COVID-19 and its Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals in South Africa
We are living in unprecedented times. Patrick Newton Bondo leads the Outreach Social Care Project- OSCAR, which is a grass-roots non-profit organization based in South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo since 2008, working with disadvantaged and underprivileged communities in townships and rural areas. The organization has undertaken the initiative that supported people affected and infected by COVID- 19 in the rural area of KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa, through the provision of prevention, awareness, livelihood as well the psychosocial support, through the power of sharing and collaboration have increased reporting on COVID-19 and its impact on the sustainable development goals.
The Outreach Social Care Project- OSCAR has documented the impact of COVID- 19 and generated mental health awareness among adolescents’ girls and young women and strengthen demand for integrated mental health and psychosocial interventions as part of the COVID-19 response.
The health, safety and well-being of adolescent girls and young women in South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo, are and will remain a top priority for all.
While we continue to advocate for equal opportunities, justice for all, and access to livelihoods and speaking out against all forms of gender-based violence, United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals and COVID- 19, let’s not forget to look out for the women and girls in our circle of influence in the rural areas.
During this challenging time of COVID-19; lots of young women and adolescents’ girls have been going through depression as a result of pressure from all angles during this COVID- 19 lockdown. Every day we are inspired by the stories our adolescents’ girls and young women share with us. The Outreach Social Care Project team’s job is to fuel their passions by giving them the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to turn their inspirational stories into real world actions that change lives forever.
The Outreach Social Care Project has been and continues to remain extremely concerned about the impact COVID- 19 had in KwaZulu Natal Province particularly amongst the population with high HIV and TB prevalence, or among the malnourished orphans and vulnerable children as on children headed householders. The Outreach Social Care Project wants a world where social and environmental development justice is assured and adolescents’ girls and young women are able to live in a prosperous, healthy and peaceful environment, access to basic rights in the rural areas.
Social justice is a fundamental principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations around the world. We advance social justice by removing barriers that adolescents’ girls and young women face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability in South Africa. Working together we can make the world a better place for all with a strong collaboration.
We value the power of communities. We know that by working together and building capacity, we can achieve the greatest goals and ultimately make contributions that benefit people at the very bottom of the economic pyramid.