Rainbows have been popping up all over during the Covid-19 crisis - bright moments, shared with strangers, as many of us struggle with the current reality.
As the crisis hit, the people of Howick rose to the challenge to ensure that less fortunate folk had something to eat, contributing to many causes and projects. African Spirit is one of the organisations distributing food parcels, nourishing soup and dog food in Shiyabazali.
Before Lockdown, the crafters in the settlement crocheted, sewed, and knitted goods for sale at the African Spirit shop near the Falls – but now there are no customers and the programme ground to a halt, meaning no income for the crafters.
Many people in Howick cross the uMngeni River bridge each day to go about their business, so the idea of a rainbow gift to the whole community was born. “We want to thank the people of Howick, for helping us, our children and animals during this time. Without this help we would be hungry.” said Ignetia Tseka. Patrecia Pherane added, “Lockdown has been very depressing, the rainbow colours make us happy! My favourite colour is green, so I enjoyed making those stripes. We are proud to be part of the Rainbow Bridge of Hope.”
At dawn on Sunday (the shortest day of the year), while most people were still tucked in bed, a small team quickly stitched the rainbow together, covering the railings in cheerful rainbow stripes, with the intention of bringing a smile to all who pass by.
Next month, the rainbow strips will be removed and sewn together into warm rainbow blankets for the community. Are you keen to have a little rainbow in your life every day?
Contact Judy to buy a snuggly multi-coloured beanie or pair of gloves and contribute to making sure the crafters start to earn an income again and can get back on their feet, rather than relying on the kindness of strangers.
Order a rainbow: 072 147 5106