NGO that helps in times of disaster
AFTER the New Year’s Day Khayelitsha shack fire this year, NGO Gift of the Givers rushed to help, promising to build 100 new houses for the affected families, but ending up with 103, which were completed in early May.
These houses, located next to the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha, were given to families in waves from March until May.
“When the fire broke out, we came here to see what assistance we could give,” said Gawa Sayed, project manager for the Gift of the Givers Cape Town’s office.
“Normally we give blankets and food, but these families needed homes, so we were committed to providing that.”
The Gift of the Givers has provided disaster assistance globally, including in Haiti, Somalia and Zimbabwe. Recently, it donated R2 million to help the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan displaced more than 500 000 people. Twenty members from the South African team were sent to the Philippines to help in the restoration process.
The total cost of the housing project in Khayelitsha was R4m, with each unit costing about R40 000. This did not include the land, which was donated by the City of Cape Town. Each unit was equipped with solar panels, two lights, cellphone charger fittings, double beds with linen, three extra sets of bedding and single mattresses for children, a month’s supply of food and much more.
The units are easily accessible by fire rescue teams and built with mostly fire-resistant material.
To match the Gift of the Givers’ generosity, the City of Cape Town built 100 new units on the same plot, but without any of the added accessories.