NGOs rally behind Khayelitsha fire victims and Pick n Pay helps the children

The fires that destroyed about 450 homes and affecting just under 2000 people in communities across Cape Town have been receiving attention from NGOs helping those affected by disastrous circumstances like Gift of the Givers.

Another organisation lending a helping hand is RESPOND, a coalition that is working with local church communities to support the intervention by the City and other NGOs on site establishing what is needed in responding to the fires.

Craig Stewart, CEO of Warehouse Trust says they have set up a fundraiser on Give and Gain platform to help those affected.

They are working together with churches in Town 2, Khayelitsha Kosovo in Philippi and Hangberg in Hout Bay.

Read: Khayelitsha residents hard at work rebuilding structures after devastating blaze

We are working with churches in those places to identify people's needs and partner with the City and Sassa as well as Gift of the Givers' to ensure that there is no overlap.

Craig Stewart CEO of Warehouse Trust

Pick n Pay has also come on board to set up easy drop off points to receive any donations from the public.

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Director of Transformation at Pick n Pay, says as soon as the fires started their team was on the ground trying to assist. She says some of the people affected are part of their staff so they got to know as soon as it happened.

What has affected our team the most is how the children have been affected because they lost everything, their uniforms, underwear and books.

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Director of Transformation at Pick n Pay

We are focusing on the children, our team has gone out to the schools to find out their sizes. We are going to take care of the school shoes, uniform, stationery hand the things that kids need.

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Director of Transformation at Pick n Pay

Ackerman-Berman has urged families with stationeries, old school bags, or anything these children can use to please drop them at a nearby Pick n Pay.

To make online donations visit Give and Gain website

Bank details for ETFT:
Acc name: The Warehouse Trust
Acc number: 071 883 053
Acc type: Current
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch Code: 025109
Reference: Fire(email address)

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