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Sbu Myeni talks about how the coronavirus is impacting rural communities, where information is disseminated in English to illiterate populations and children get most of their nutrition from schools, which are now closed.

Voices of Resilience: A Conversation with Sbu Myeni

April 2020 – Sbu Myeni is a business consultant and philanthropist, and simultaneously runs two organizations in South Africa. She is the founder and managing director of Kamusa Consulting, a professional consulting firm; and serves as CEO of Imbeleko, the Dr. Seni Myeni Foundation, an educational organization for top academic achieving orphaned and vulnerable children. Sbu joined Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson to discuss the main concerns people are facing in rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sbu and Alyse talk about how, in rural communities, people are seeing coverage on TV and in media, but not really hearing or understanding it because the information is presented in English, but most rural communities are illiterate and do not speak English. They also discuss the effects of schools being closed on orphaned and vulnerable children who do not have guaranteed nutrition coming in, how rural communities are handling not having income, and more.

Imbeleko is putting together packages to sustain families for a month with dry foods and seeds so they can start their own family gardens. If you are interested in donating to this cause, please visit the Imbeleko website here!

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