Covid-19 has changed us. Not just in our homes, but it has disrupted business too. Relationships in business have evolved as people now see each other differently and corporate priorities have shifted. StorEx was not immune to the crisis and as a committed local business, endeavoured to build a support programme for those affected.

“We wanted to help those in distress across more than one platform and chose a few organisations to support. This not only gave us a wider net to cast, it focused on areas that were of importance to the selected institutions, and could make a positive difference in the lives of those impacted,” says Jan Beukes, CEO, StorEx.

The organisations receiving a donation totalling R50 000 from StorEx include: Ikamvayouth, Botshabelo, and FeedSA, as well as an individual community feeding scheme. Beukes said that the support did favour feeding schemes as hunger is one of the most common challenges for those with minimal or no income: “Food is essential and we noted the plea from so many who had lost their jobs or were forced to reduce working hours because of lockdown,” says Beukes.

FeedSA provides food to approximately 6500 people per day, while also successfully setting up around 35 creches, feeding schemes, classrooms, and renovations in townships around South Africa. As part of its Covid-19 emergency appeal, FeedSA is challenging individuals and organisations to help our country’s citizens in a time of desperate need by assisting them to provide essential bulk packs to 5000 households. Just R450 can feed a family of four for up to 14 days. StorEx rose to the challenge and donated enough to feed up to 50 families. In addition, the company will also volunteer at one of FeedSA’s food packing facilities for a day.

Botshabelo provides a safe home for orphaned and abandoned babies until they are placed with their forever family through reunification or adoption. They typically have 12-14 children in their home at any time. They further opened an Urban Kids Educentre, which is a preschool giving children from impoverished and emerging families a great quality preschool education at a fraction of the cost. Botshabelo requested food and StorEx donated food parcels to sustain 16 families containing non-perishable essential food items.

Ikamvayouth equips high school learners living in under-resourced communities with the necessary support to pass high school. It aims to provide the learners with knowledge, skills, networks, and resources to access tertiary education and/or employment opportunities when they graduate. Their appeal was to support students and tutors with data for their devices. Connectivity is a common issue, more so during Covid-19, and data is often beyond the reach of learners due to the high costs. To help Ikamvayouth continue their educational programme, the donation from StorEx equipped around 50 students with data and gave them the ability to continue with their studies.

Ensuring that we supported a broad spectrum of people in need, StorEx chose to donate to a community member who selflessly set up her own feeding scheme, supporting 28 families.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” StorEx is proud of its Covid-19 contribution and hopes that it has helped lessen the burden for all those negatively impacted: “We sincerely hope that our contributions have made these tough times more bearable and that more people and organisations will also help the millions in distress across South Africa,” says Beukes.