Imizamo Yethu Now Need OUR Efforts


Imizamo Yethu Now Need OUR Efforts
Ntombi Khulu

On the early morning of Saturday, 11 March 2017, a large fire broke out in the informal settlement, Imizamo Yethu. It is situated in the Hout Bay area, where approximately 15 000 residents, as well as animals, were displaced and are in dire need of help.
Our university’s very own SHAWCO student volunteer organisation is involved in creating and participating in initiatives to aid the residents of Imizamo Yethu. SHAWCO equally requested the help of Sun International, which has agreed to donate R10 000 for the Imizamo Yethu fire recovery.

The vast number of displaced residents from the informal settlement, as well as the quickly diminishing resources, gives us the perfect opportunity to lend a helping hand to those in need. We are a large student body with many resources to offer and through SHAWCO as a medium of delivering the donations, we can contribute quite a bit to the fire recovery initiative.

Here are some ways you can help:
Deliver non-perishable food, toiletries and bedding to the Thula Thula disaster relief organisation in Hout Bay.
Assist SHAWCO volunteers in sorting out and packaging the donated items
Raise general awareness: promote these initiatives to your families, peers and in the societies and residences you're a part of.

Items that you can donate:
Non-perishable food items such as canned foods
Toiletries and hygiene products for all ages
Clothes for all ages
Blankets and bedding

You can also donate money directly to the NGO Thula Thula. Their banking details are as follows:
Thula Thula Hout Bay
FNB Hout Bay,
Cheque account
Donations can be dropped off at The SHAWCO head office on the Medical Campus of UCT or at the SHAWCO Upper Campus office, situated on Level 5 in the Steve Biko Student Union Building.
With the thousands of residents essentially homeless, anything we do can make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how big or small our contribution is.

Pull quote:
“… The quickly diminishing resources gives us the perfect opportunity to lend a helping hand to those in need.”
Image credit: SHAWCO Education Facebook page
Image caption: Student community service organisation SHAWCO has outlined the various ways in which students can aid in the Imizamo Yethu fire recovery initiative.