Human rights under Covid-19 – migrants rights to access food during Covid-19 remain a challenge

One of FHR’s initiatives, Youth Without Borders (YWB), has been distributing food parcels to migrants and women in informal settlements. YWB is an off-shoot of the FHR’s Innovative Youth Active Citizenry Programme, which was implemented in 2016 and 2017 for more than 100 young persons across the country. When the Covid-19 lockdown progressed, FHR received reports that migrants were excluded from government food parcel distributions. Covid-19 has presented a worse hunger scenario for migrants, as most are employed in the informal sector of the economy, hospitality and other casual forms of work. 

Youth Without Borders (YWB), are currently distributing food parcels across the country using an established network of youth community activist organizations. YWB has been growing independently using self-reliance, sustainability and active citizenry modalities gained from FHR capacity training. This programme uses the PANEL (Participation, Accountability, Non-Discrimination, Empowerment; subject to rule of Law) and ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) approaches. The youth participants who attended the training formed a movement called YWB to sustain the work, unite and collaborate with other young people across South Africa and the continent. The youth are linked to organizations that are youth -focused and some were later funded by FHR through a youth-specific call for proposals in 2018.

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