Denver Fire DisasterDenver, Johannesburg | May 2018
In May this year, an accidental fire began in the informal community of Denver, just outside the central CBD area of Johannesburg. Approximately 64 shacks were burnt to the ground, leaving over 121 families destitute as a result. Many babies, toddlers and young children were amongst the victims and tragically an elderly woman perished in the blaze adding to the trauma of the event. Those affected by the fire ravages lost all their belongings including bedding; clothing; toys; school books; cookware and personal effects like ID books and documents for government grants, pensions etc.DOWNLOAD INCIDENT REPORT
Disaster Management Assessment
Partnering with The Cornerstone Church in Bedfordview, we were able to send up 200 Hope Kits overnight which enabled their team leader, Lauren Weeks to set up a volunteer crew who then travelled to the scene the following day where they proceeded to distribute the much needed relief aid, food and blankets to those in need. Those who received them welcomed the parcels and were elated with the gesture of kindness extended to them during a time when things are most uncertain and fear provoking.
How we helped
Along with the delivery of aid, the team from Cornerstone who represent CityHope in the Gauteng district took it upon themselves to counsel many who were traumatized by the event. In groups, they laid hands upon those most vulnerable and restored their faith by praying with and amongst groups of people who were open to receiving prayer. Our thanks go out to Lauren Weeks and the volunteers from Cornerstone Church who walked in strength and delivered not only supplies and materials to the families of the Denver community but provided an all-encompassing message about God’s love, provision and commitment during times of tragedy.