When icy winds rip off a flimsy makeshift roof, what was shelter becomes exposure to the harsh elements with no mercy.
When a fire begins from an overturned candle, and jumps from shanty to shanty, people lose everything, sometimes even losing their lives.
When the rainwater builds up in informal settlements and floods people’s homes, meagre but precious possessions are damaged, often to the point of having to be thrown away. This past winter, we promised ourselves that we would be more prepared to help in emergency situations. And you helped us have ‘rescue packs’ at the ready – with items like blankets, as much warm and protective clothing as we could gather, towels, bedding, and some basic non-perishable groceries for emergency food.
‘Thank you’, for giving some comfort and hope in situations when it seemed that all was lost. Your kindness is without price.