When Tough Times Hit, Kindness Helps us Pull Through

Posted: March 23, 2011 in General
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Imagine waking up to the sounds of heavy rain falling against your home and accompanied by terrible lightning, thunder and wind. Whilst listening to it, your roof flies. All you can do is grab your children and lay low, lest the flying corrugated iron sheets that are flying around hurt anyone. You watch helplessly as everything you own is swept away. As the water rises, you realise the need to flee your home. Sounds like something from a nightmare, right…? Well, it was a reality experienced by 40 families in the Rooigrond Informal Settlement.

Earlier in the year, at 23h00 we heard a knock at the door. It came as a suprise since there was very heavy rainfall outside and we opened to find a woman and her 3 soaking wet kids. As they entered we heard the chilling tale of how their shack was swept away by the rain. As we got the children dry and into fresh clothes, more knocks came from the door. We all moved to the Early Learning Centre, as that was the only place that could accommodate everyone.

In that single night, 40 families had lost everything. We sent out SOS messages immediately. The following day, the community came together and assisted to rebuild the shacks which were destroyed. Poles & corrugated iron sheets which had been swept away by the water were found and reused.

The Lutheran Ladies of Lomanyaneng, who had also received a SOS alert were quick to respond and on the 06th January 2011, we successfully co-ordinated an outreach for them in which they gathered in Rooigrond bringing along with them much needed clothes and food for the affected families.

Once more, the kindness of others helped us pull through tough times…

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