In the middle of the night on Thursday, March 14, a large fire in Zone 0 in Kayamandi destroyed nearly 1,600 homes. This left 4,500 people homeless, many possessing only the clothes they were wearing. Due to the closely-built nature of the homes, fire trucks and crews struggled to access and control the fire. Two people died. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Vision AfriKa is thankful that all of its staff and students are safe. Unfortunately, at least 35 Vision AfriKa students lost their homes and all their possessions in the fire. The staff of Vision AfriKa have been working tirelessly since the fire to provide food and water for the fire victims, and to gather donations for the affected students. Vision AfriKa is still in the process of distributing food, toiletries, clothes, and construction supplies to the students.
Vision AfriKa is deeply grateful for the support it has received since the fire. School supplies, clothes, shoes, and other supplies are still urgently needed. If you wish to support our recovery efforts, please contact Gerrit Laning at firstname.lastname@example.org.