How to assist displaced victims of xenophobia

Calls were received from concerned South Africans about the well-being of those displaced due to xenophobic attacks that are currently encapsulating some parts of the country, particularly Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng.

Gift of the Givers responded to the needs of those displaced by setting up refugee camps. Gift of the Givers is the largest disaster response NGO in Africa. It was established in 1992 and it has since delivered lifesaving aid in the form of search and rescue teams, medical personnel, medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in 41 countries, South Africa included.

Here is how you can assist:

Here is a comprehensive list of the basic items to provide some degree of comfort to the displaced foreign nationals. These include floor sheeting or mats for the tents, mattresses, blankets, linen, new clothing and shoes, towels, plastic utensils which to consume cooked meals, sanitary pads, baby diapers, toilet rolls, refuse bags, 20L buckets with lids, toothbrush, toothpaste, body soap, detergents, air freshener, deodorants, baby cereal, bottled water, sweet packs, biscuits, high energy supplements, toys, stationery for children, rice, maize, oil, sugar, beans, tinned fish, tinned beans, jam, peanut butter, bread, cereals in general. Any of these items will be of immense value.

In a major new development Gift of the Givers will be setting up a transit refugee camp at Christ Church Mayfair, cnr Park Drive and Main Reef Road, Mayfair, opposite Dragon City. Contact Saadiq Natha, Technical Assistant for the Gift of the Givers on 082 557 5071 OR saadiqnatha.gotg@gmail.com.

Cash contributions into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account No. 052137228, Branch Code 057525. Please send deposit slip by fax or email with full details for acknowledgement purposes. All contributions are tax deductible. Contact laila@giftofthegivers.org for your tax exempt certificate. For details call 0800786911.

Click here for online contribution

The South African Red Cross Society

The South African Red Cross Society also needs a helping hand. In Durban SARCS is providing hot meals at all sites, clothing, blankets, psychosocial support and telephonic services for the vulnerable at all 3 camps in Westcliffe, Isipingo and Phoenix. In Gauteng, SARCS is providing hot meals at Ellisberg and Germiston Hall for 1500 people.

SARCS is in dire need of non-perishable food items, bread, soup, disposable diapers, baby formula, hygiene packs, sanitary pads, towels, cardboard boxes and porridge.

SARCS gladly welcomes all donations to be dropped off at the Red Cross Provincial Office Branch: 201 Kenneth Kaunda Drive, Durban North. Please kindly contact Deshika Daya or Nirupa Kasserchun on 031 563 2914 or email: kznfundraising@redcross.org.za / nkasserchun@redcross.org.za

POPFESTSA

P.O.P (People of Peace) have organised a relief event for displaced families and individuals affected by xenophobic attacks around South Africa. The event will take place in three towns, (Johannesburg, Durban and CapeTown) at the same time. Taking place on the 27th of April (Freedom day), the event organisers say that all proceeds will go directly to Gift of the Givers and Red Cross.

The event will run for 24 hours in JHB-26-27 APRIL and cost R50 at the door. Online Ticket sales are available through Pulse.

People of Peace (P.O.P) need your contribution for the success of these events.

  • R5000 for the T-shirts and stickers
  • They are in need of cash contributions to pay for the venue in Johannesburg

If you would like to perform, be involved in the executing of the event or sponsor their mission in anyway, please email me at- tashabaxtersa@gmail.com

OR

Bank Details: Tasha Baxter
FNB
Account Number: 62110729730
Branch: Universal

Click here for the list DJ’s and bands performing at these events.
All the DJ’s and artists are offering their services for free. All the venues will have drop-off stations for those who would like to make contributions.


This article first appeared on 702 : How to assist displaced victims of xenophobia


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