Relief Work

2015

Our journey began less than four weeks after starting the organization when we received a call on November 8th, 2015. A fire had broken out in  Imizamo Yethu, the fire and rescue teams where on scene battling a fire that destroyed a number of homes.  This was our first introduction to the community and an opportunity to demonstrate the impact of our vision and mission in action. We swiftly responded and provided aid to over 200 residents who had been impacted by the fire.

Unfortunately, tragedy struck again only one week later. An early morning fire engulfed several homes in Madiba Square, leaving over 250 residents in need of assistance. With unwavering dedication, we immediately attended to their needs, offering support during their time of crisis. Within the same month, we were called to assist two families in Hangberg who had lost everything in another devastating fire.

As the year progressed, we were called upon once again to respond to a fire in Iziyami Yethu. This time, the fire claimed the life of a young lady named Babalwa Ntlapo. Our hearts go out to her family, who lost a beloved mother, sister, daughter, and friend. It is a somber reminder of the tragic consequences of these all-too-frequent fires in informal housing areas.

In just three short months, we had provided assistance to hundreds of individuals who had lost their homes and belongings. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support we received from the community. It was a testament to the willingness of many to lend a helping hand and volunteer their time and services when given the opportunity. The response from volunteers surpassed all expectations in terms of time and generosity, and we are profoundly grateful for their contributions.

During this year, we learned valuable lessons that helped us improve our systems and processes. We enhanced our registration system and streamlined our sorting, packing, and distribution procedures. In the last two months of 2015 alone, we successfully offered relief to over 470 people, thanks to the incredible support of those who believed in our mission. Volunteers travelled from as far as Muizenberg, Fishhoek, and Constantia to lend their support. We extend our deepest gratitude to The Rotary Club Hout Bay, Simon and his team from Hout Bay Super Spar, Oakhurst qwik Spar, Pick n Pay Hout Bay, as well as the children from Rainbow Dreams Trust and Hout Bay International School who were amongst the many who volunteered to pack and sort items for distribution.

The experiences of that year shaped our organization, and we continue to strive for excellence in providing immediate relief and support to those affected by fires. We remain grateful to all those who believed in us and shared our vision. Together, we can make a difference and offer hope to those facing unimaginable challenges.

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