Khayelitsha musician Liso Sindo and his friend George Kirkins have made sure that nine families will not go to bed on an empty stomach during the 21-day lockdown.
Liso runs a shack theatre known as KASIRC (Khayelitsha Art School and Rehabilitation Centre).
Here they run projects that give young people valuable skills.
Over 40 people received groceries, sanitisers and sanitary pads for the young women.
A tour company called UThando Tourism contributed.
Community member Khayalethu Ngqola said the families will feel better as many relied on street vending to make a living.
“The lockdown means that people trading on the streets will be without an income and now these groceries will go a long way.
“The theatre is great for the community and is keeping children busy. I hope that one day someone sponsors them so they can do more.”
Liso says most of the kids come from disadvantaged and dysfunctional homes.
Some of them are victims of rape, orphans or are living with different disabilities.
“We help them with their school work and we encourage them to use art as a tool to rehabilitate themselves through writing plays, poems, composing music and other art disciplines.
“We are self-funded and I am working closely with my husband who is also a freelance artist and an innovator at the shack theatre Mandisi Sindo.
“With the gigs for my music and him working in the industry as an actor, director and curator, we have managed to continue.”
Liso said they are investing in the children’s lives: “We want these kids to know that there are people willing to help.
“We want to teach them the importance of ubuntu and we hope they will be able to help people when they grow up.”