Dunoon Fire Disaster

Dunoon, Western Cape | Tueday, 13 March 2018

On Tuesday 13th March, a fire incident was reported in Ususaza Road in Dunoon, Western Cape. Cityhope’s General Manager, Lori Reardon was notified on the 17th March 2018 and activated to undertake a coordinated response on 19th March 2018. The contact person was Christine Williams at MyDunoon – a local NGO church-based organisation in Dunoon. Christine Williams agreed to warehouse the donated relief aid and to execute an outreach to the affected community.

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Disaster Management Assessment

The initial assessment provided by MyDunoon of the disaster showed that informal dwellings/houses were burnt to the ground by fire, which resulted in the complete destruction of 100 homes and total loss of all the occupant’s possessions. Approximately 500 people were displaced as a result of the fire disaster.

How we helped

Team leader Christine Williams and the MyDunoon volunteers coordinated a response outreach on 26th March 2018. CityHope provided 200 hope kits to assist the fire victims and their families.

How many people benefited from the aid?

100 number of victims were identified and recorded. 100% of these victims were black families based in an impoverished community. Their needs are great.

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CityHope Disaster Relief was provided with a formal thank you by MyDunoon on 29 March 2018. 90 kits were distributed to identified parties, the balance of hope kits warehoused for future use by MyDunoon where the threat of fire disaster is great.

Due to the frenetic nature of the relief response mission, whilst we attempted to minister to our recipients, many victims were in a rush to receive their kits and quick to continue in their efforts to appease their young children or attend to rebuilding their shacks.

We continue to pray for this community and trust that the ‘Salvation’ booklet contained within the kits will further add to our efforts in spreading God’s word.

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