Viva Covid-19 Disaster Relief Management Initiative


The Viva Disaster Relief Management Team is responding to the most pressing need, namely food insecurity

Funding from individuals and companies, made it possible to begin meeting the need for food parcels, but much more is needed and will be needed to step up the challenge in 2020

The Hunger Virus
The Covid19 Pandemic impacted the poor in very drastic ways. Food security as a result of unemployment, subsequent to the Lockdown measures and their economic outflow, proved to be the most urgent need.
Viva created two distribution points, one in Mamelodi at the Viva Village, but also a new initiative in Melville, Johannesburg lead by Tanya and Sean Gardiner, long-time friends of Viva.
As a result of the hard work of the Viva Food Distribution Mamelodi and Melville Teams and our funders, we distributed food parcels to the value of 1,207,000 [one million, two hundred and seven thousand] meals from January to December 2020.
In Melville the teams distributed parcels that would meet the needs of an average family of 4-5 members for one week. Week-long parcels have a 5kg bag of maize, with groceries and vegetables.
In Mamelodi, the parcels were bigger and aimed to provide a family of 5-6 food for a month. The monthly parcels have a 12,5 kg maize, a 10 kg rice and groceries, toiletries, vegetables and other donated articles.
In Mamelodi, the recipients are beneficiaries of the Viva Programmes in the Alaska Informal Settlement and we have opened our school feeding Programme as well this week. By next week, we will be feeding 270 learners daily in addition to the food parcels sent home.
In Melville, people from a variety of backgrounds and situations queue for a ticket on Wednesdays to receive the parcels on Thursday. Homeless, unemployed and underprivileged people from Melville, surrounding settlements and the Johannesburg CBD stand from as early as 2 am to ensure they get a number.
OXFAM has labeled this outbreak „The Hunger Virus“, because the hunger, as a result of the economic meltdown, causes thousands of deaths daily, across the globe.
Stand with us, between the living and the dead and hold this Killer at bay until the crisis is over. Donations can be made to Viva Foundation, FNB Cheque Account 62248843270 Reference „Melville“ or „Mamelodi“. Donations are Tax Deductible in South Africa, Germany and soon also in the UK.
Pre-Corona Pandemic, the organisation fed almost 300 children at the Viva Kids Early Learning Centre, Viva Village Independent School and Viva Youth Development, two cooked meals daily.  About 15 families received food parcels delivered to their homes.  We have 272 families on our list of school beneficiaries and a further 250 families associated with our SAPRI programme.   Providing food parcels for them, has proven much more expensive than cooking the meals at the Centre.  In fact, the cost has increased almost 10-fold.  Furthermore, the other families in the area, likewise look to Viva for food parcels as ours is the only service centre in this community of 22 000 people.  We have begun making small parcels available also to families who are not on our list, in order to meet the growing need for food.  We have limited resources, but the need is great.  



We posted weekly updates on the Feeding Scheme and photos of the distributions on our Facebook Page at  It is clear, by all indications that the Feeding Scheme will have to continue supporting families in 2021 and both the Mamelodi, as well as the Melville distributions will continue from January onward.