All Quiet On This Front
All Quiet On This Front
We are all wondering when this pandemic-restricted world will be replaced with one more open and free. It was hard enough for South Africans to get a travel visa and come to the US before, but now most countries of the world have banned you from entering due to the virus mutation. Visa appointments have been cancelled with no future resume date for services at the embassy. The only South Africans we are allowing into the US now are H-2A temporary agricultural workers, although I have been told that persons have July appointments that have not been cancelled.
As a new organization, we are struggling and have raised little funds. The pause in folks coming to the US for asylum provides an opportunity to rethink what is possible. Since our goal is to acquire property for housing- a very tall order since property is so pricey- in the mean-time, our tack will change to appealing to larger donors and asking for small (year-long) commitments of property (to be in the name of the company) to use for housing. Going forward, I will only have a very small living space to offer one person or a couple on the other side of my 2-family house. This summer I was in hot water with the officials of my town when I had South African visitors staying in their RV in my yard. I was threatened with fines and a lawsuit but they were able to stay for 30 days and then return home, so the town had no reason to fine me. Ignorance of the town laws was no excuse and it turns out that you can have someone staying on your property with their camper but you must have at least 2 acres and get prior approval from the town. It is very regulated in Connecticut and I am looking for a place with more room and less regulation.
So far, helping South Africans coming for asylum has been a very personal cause of mine, using my house. But I need to recruit more Americans that are sympathetic. I know they are out there in great numbers. I run across strangers all the time that are aware of the terrible things happening in South Africa and how you must live being bars, cameras and with the help of private security companies to keep your families safe. If any Americans would like to help then start thinking – does your network of family or friends have any property not being used? Can you commit to lending it for a year at least? A decent running car you no longer need also would be very appreciated- maybe it has too many miles to trade in when you get a new one?
I believe that the political situation for patriotic Americans is very hard for us since the election and it truly distracts from attention on humanitarian situations going on across the globe.. So we are climbing uphill against the wind now. Please say a prayer for us to find some (or one) donors with big hearts. We need to build a base of multi-family housing in anticipation for those who will be coming, or at least we will keep trying to do this…