Community Statement on Covid-19 Realities, and Demands for a More Adequate and People-centred Response - Chiawelo Budgeting for Change
“In Chiawelo, we are united as a community; people are kind, loving and supportive but most of all it's a place full of diversity- it allows us to learn different cultures, languages and teaches us to respect different people”. These are the words of eighteen-year-old Sanele Nkosi, the youngest member of our Chiawelo Budgeting for Change (CBC) Group, based in Soweto, Johannesburg. We are definitely a reflection of Sanele’s words, with our group including many different people from many different walks of life. Chiawelo Budgeting for Change includes Traditional Healers from the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO), people committed to community upliftment through a group called Give ‘n Take, Chiawelo Community Practice (CCP) clinic workers, Community Health Workers, Ward Based Outreach Teams (WBOT), Clinic Committee members, Local government officials, committee members from a variety of community health promotion clubs, amongst others.