REPLACE GWALA FIRE RAZED HOME – GOAL R 125 300
Home razed by fire: A new home for Dumazile and her family.
On 21 July 2019, a fire decimated the home of Dumazile Gwala, a 42 year old mother and carer of three children and three grandchildren. She lives in Embo near Botha’s Hill in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in South Africa.
They lost their four roomed house, built by Dumazile over many years, brick by brick, and with mud and tin, when a lit candle fell over and a blanket caught fire. Her 9 year old son sustained burns to his hands when he tried to put out the fire. They lost everything, all that remained were a few pots and pans.
The municipality and local churches are apparently not able to assist Dumazile to find a new home or rebuild, likely in the face of so much need in poverty-stricken KwaZulu-Natal.
Dumazile is the sole breadwinner for six people: her 19 year old daughter, Nomthandazo, who is deaf with a grade 3 education; Nkosinathi, her 9 year old son; and Smangaliso, Nomthadazo’s 3 year old son. Her eldest daughter, Nobuhle, aged 23 matriculated and is a qualified care worker but cannot find employment and remains supported by Dumazile. Nobuhle has a 9 month old boy, Lwandile, and a five year old girl, Amanda. Dumazile has been working since the age of 13 as a domestic worker and nanny. She is a survivor of domestic violence – and has never given up. Their home has literally been what has kept the family together.
Help us rebuild Dumazile and her family’s home. Based on detailed quotations it will cost R125 204.79 to construct a basic four roomed home with plumbing and electricity. At the moment, the family is fractured and living with neighbours and friends. Donations of building materials (new and reasonable used condition) will also be appreciated (cement, concrete, M140 blocks, corrugated iron, timber, lintels, doors, windows), etc. A dedicated bank account has been opened for donations for the house rebuilding project.
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We would greatly appreciate your support and generosity.
Thanking you in advance.
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