Earlier in the year on 30 September 2016, a small informal settlement community near Blackburn was reduced to ashes overnight. After an unattended child dropped a candle, the flames quickly grew, destroying 10 shacks. The families were left homeless, with no food or clothing.
A local church, Blackburn Mission Church (BMC), decided to provide relief to this community. Pastor John Matthias of BMC reached out to Cornerstone Community Church (CCC) in Phoenix to assist with providing the families emergency food and clothing. Through Charmaine Moses, CAST’s General Manager, both churches were able to partner with CAST to provide the families in need with 10 CAST food parcels and additional food parcel hampers from the two churches.
Informal settlement fires are common due to the close proximity of shacks and high flammability of shack materials. In addition, many families use paraffin lamps or candles to light their homes when there is no electricity, making the chance of home fires much more likely.
CAST’s Relief Services Department assists with emergency relief for individuals left homeless by fires and floods. One of the ways we do this is through giving food parcels containing items such as peanut butter, beans, soup mix, mealie meal and oil. The parcels are designed to feed a family of four for two weeks. CAST also provides clothing bags for these families.
By donating towards CAST’s Hearts to Hands food parcel programme, you too can be a part of making sure families in local communities are cared for during emergency situations. You can sponsor a food parcel for R200, and in turn you will receive a Hearts to Hands Christmas ornament to remember the family you have blessed.
For more information, contact Zama Meyiwa at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 031 267 1716