Shack fire victims assisted
Items worth N$1 000 donated
09 March 2020 | Accidents
Johannes Philemon; Victim; “I feel that there are people who really care about us.”
The Swakopmund Community Engagement Group (S.C.E.G.) recently donated items valued at around N$1 000 to persons affected by shack fires. The items included food, stationary, second hand clothing and kitchenware.
The fire which took place earlier this month, destroyed 19 shacks constructed around five houses in the township of Oletweni in Swakopmund.
At the handover, one of the affected victims, Johannes Philemon, expressed his appreciation towards the donors for their heartfelt gesture. “I am happy about the donation. I feel that there are people who really care about us,” he said.
It was S.C.E.G’s second donation to shack fire victims. The group previously handed over a donation of food worth N$500.
Twenty eight people were affected by the fire, with 15 being school children.
S.C.E.G’s treasurer Tega Nuule said that they are anticipating more donations for the victims, as more community members promised to help the school children in particular.
“We are still waiting for people who pledged to buy school uniforms, curtains and clothing material,” Nuule said.
The donations were a result of joint contributions made by S.C.E.G members and the public that responded to the organisation’s call for donations.
“We want to thank all the good Samaritans who went out of their way to help the affected shack fire victims. They lost everything. Those that are willing to help with especially building materials, are most welcome,” she said.
She added that the group is determined to create more change within the town through joint community efforts. Anyone who is interested in joining the group or willing to assist, can reach them by their email at [email protected]
S.C.E.G. is a Swakopmund-based non-profit organisation that was founded in January this year. The organisation makes use of joint efforts by members to help communities of the town in several areas including employment creation, education, training, health, safety, charity and social welfare.