Fire broke out at the Booysens Informal Settlement on Friday night, the 22nd of January 2020. Over 700 shacks were raised to the ground but fortunately, no fatal injuries were reported.
The fire affecting about 1765 individuals, including children – leaving them displaced with no infrastructure, nor food or clothing.
While the affected are still picking up the pieces following the tragic experience, United Way South Africa (UWSA) has joined the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), along with Meals on Wheels and other NGO’s to lend a hand to support the families affected by the devastating fire.
UWSA is a partner to CoJ and has been working together on several projects, including the ‘Urban Agriculture Programme’ - assisting low-income South African urban farmers to transform their farms into sustainable businesses that extends economic opportunities.
To assist those affected, United Way South Africa and Meals on Wheels donated food hampers, consisting of samp, maize meal and noodles. We also assisted with In-kind of cleaning hampers, mixed clothing, towels, bedding and shoes for children, men, and women.
UWSA continues to assist by creating a drop off point for In-kind donations at Meals on Wheels.
You too can help by contributing towards much needed items!
Currently, the critical elements where urgent support is needed:
- Clothing for men, women, and children
How can you help?
You can show your support by donating and dropping off needed items at the following drop off point:
- Meals on wheels, 251 rifle range road Haddon, Johannesburg.
Alternatively, you can contact Vicky Sepp (Major Gifting & Stakeholder Engagement Manager - UWSA) on +27 786180394.