Duduza Housing Destruction Multiplies

Thank you for all your support for the Duduza Tornado project. Gift of the Givers will have provided 120 temporary houses by lunchtime today. This was towards the 150 houses that were totally destroyed initially. 

Sadly, another 200 houses have to be demolished as various engineers have declared them unsafe for habitation. All these additional families have turned to us not to leave them stranded. We cannot walk away. We are now going to provide 350 new temporary homes; an additional 100 homes need roof repair and various degrees of renovation which we are also assisting with. Stationery kits were handed out to 200 children but the need is substantially more, which we have partially addressed over the weekend. What has been a revelation is the exponential increase in the number of hungry people arriving at our "wet" feeding daily which has put additional demands on our teams to ensure more pots of food are on the boil.

Trauma counselling teams have already commenced their activities and will continue throughout this week. The additional requirements in all categories of relief has increased our response to R5 million. Sanitary pads, disposable nappies, personal and household hygiene packs, blankets and water have been provided by us. Pot sets, crockery and mattresses are on the cards.  We appreciate all the fantastic contributions thus far, the visit at Duduza by donors, corporate companies, volunteers and religious leaders late into the night. We welcome further assistance especially in housing reconstruction.