Response to Xenophobic attacks

With the world watching Durban, it was wonderful to be a part of the positive outpouring of love and care for those displaced due to the xenophobic violence in our city.  Thank you to everyone who contributed. In the end we were able to take a large portion of goods to 3 different sets of people.

One group was a Congolese community that went into hiding shortly after the attacks began. The second group was housed a Durban Christian Centre, and were women and children who out of fear left all they had and ran to the church for help.  The third was the refugee camps set up by the Red Cross that have been caring for about 6500 displaced people in 5 different camps across eThekwini.

R 16 500.00 was donated into our bank account with the reference of “Xeno”.  We called Red Cross to find out what was needed in the camps and we also paid a camp a visit and found out from the moms what they needed for their babies. Here is the list of things that went out and what was bought with the money that was donated into our bank account;

 

DETAILS AMOUNT RECEIVED FROM DONATED TO
34 x Nestum 250g R 576,30 Bought from Dischem Toti Isipingo Shelter
10 x Future Life for kids 500g R 307,50 Bought from Dischem Toti Isipingo Shelter
1 x Baby wipes R 57,50 Bought from Dischem Toti Isipingo Shelter
12 x plastic spoons R 25,90 Bought from Dischem Toti Isipingo Shelter
2 x Lactogen 1.8kg R 350,00 Bought from Dischem Toti Isipingo Shelter
10 x Nappies R 1 040,00 Bought from Dischem Toti Isipingo Shelter
7 x baby bottles R 222,65 Bought from Dischem Toti Isipingo Shelter
13 x Infacare 108kg R 2 339,35 Bought from Dischem Toti Isipingo Shelter
366 x toothbrushes R 4 507,90 Bought from Dischem La Luica Red Cross
260 x Bars of 100g soap R 1 299,35 Bought from Pick ‘n Pay Red Cross
326 x Toothpaste R 2 389,93 Bought from Pick ‘n Pay Red Cross
92 x Tooth brushes R 367,54 Bought from Pick ‘n Pay Red Cross
88 x Sanitary pads (10s) R 787,60 Bought from Pick ‘n Pay Red Cross
21 x nappies R 2 184,00 Bought from Dischem La Lucia Red Cross
125 x Family disaster relief buckets City Hope Congolese community
5 x 25kg soya mince Tekwini Foods DCC & Congolese community
5 x 25kg soup Tekwini Foods DCC & Congolese community
5 x 25kg juice mix Tekwini Foods DCC & Congolese community
Groceries (R1 100.00) ZaPOP (Pty) Ltd Isipingo Shelter
Groceries (R2 000.00) Khanyisa Special needs School Red Cross
Clothes and soft toys (R6 000.00) Sarah and Martin Cordner Red Cross
500 x blankets SA Homeloans DCC
416 x Soap (Ponds and Geisha) Unilever Red Cross
72 x Vaseline Unilever Red Cross
768 x Shampoo Unilever Red Cross
50 x Glen tea Unilever Red Cross
36 x Toothpaste Unilever Red Cross
30x Razors Unilever Red Cross

 

THANK YOU!

Qalakahle ECD Centre Opening Ceremony

It is truly amazing to stand here today in a building that we all had a hand in making a reality.  This building is not just a building but a dream made real.   I want to share some history so that everyone doesn’t just look at the building and go “nice building”, this building is so much more than that – this building is a symbol of hope in a time our City and country needs it.

In 2010 I received a call from Hoosen Moolla, from iTrump and Darlene Menzies to say there is a little crèche in Mansel Market that has just received a letter from the Health Department to shut its doors.  The problem is the crèche is an essential service in an area such as this, could we do something?  At that stage I had just given up my job and had no income and had just given birth to my first child – but something needed to be done. So a group came in and cleaned and painted and repaired but we could never do enough to that building to enable it to reach Health department standards. But then the staff of Kentz raised R40,000 one Christmas and donated it to us allowing us to dream that a brand new facility could happen.  PRASA and the Business support unit signed over this piece of land to us and Ocean Architects designed this facility to meet the needs of the community. All we had was R40,000 and enough ignorance to believe that we could do it, so we pushed forward.  Afrisun KZN community development Trust then very generously donated R1,000,000 and we were a step closer.  Ocean architects pulled a lot of the professional team together as well as getting many companies in Durban to donate their stock in order to make this building complete.

We are Durban exists because we believe that the people in Durban have enough talent and resources to solve the social injustices we see in our city.  This project proves it,  all of us together, we are Durban.  We all come from different walks in life; some are public figures some are in the private sector and some are in the non-profit sector. All of us together can bring hope to this city.  Just look at this building, we dared to dream, we dared to hope and now this community can dare to dream, and dare to hope in a future beyond this market.  We are looking to the future by investing in these children,  We believe these children have the potential to be the ones to find the AIDs cure, or be a future president.  We have set a stage for them.  We have delivered excellence in this building its now time to start their lives believing that this is the norm and use what they gain from here as a spring board into a bright and glorious future.

Yes, this may look like a mere building to some, but to those who have had a hand in it and to the kids and this community this is a symbol of hope.

Linda Morrison’s speech from the opening ceremony

A big thank you to all our sponsors and donors for making this a reality:

Company name Donated item
Aecom Pro Bono Professional services – Project Managers
AfriSun Primary Sponsor – Excess of R1,000,000.00
Arup Engineering Pro Bono Professional services – Structural and Electrical Engineers
Assoy Abloy Ironmongery
Bildware reduced cost on ironmongery for aluminium windows and doors
CAPCO external partition materials at cost, and some labour
Cobra Watertech all taps and 1 bottle trap
DCP Signs Signage
Dutton Plastics Toilet seats
eThekwini Municipality Land and wavering of fees
Flowcrete Donated material for internal floor finishes
Franke 2  Kitchen  sinks
Headway Pre-Primary school Cash Donation
Impact Engineering Steel supplier at cost plus and donation of paint
Kentz Cash Donation
McCoys Glass All glazing materials
Ocean Architects Pro Bono Professional services – Architects
Perspex SA Perspex in doors and fencing inlays
Safal Supplies steel to Safintra for roofing and cladding
Safintra Roof sheeting and cladding
Saint Gobain Interior cladding and ceiling
SBDS Pro Bono Prefessional services – Quantity Surveyor
SunInternational Furnishings
Swanlite Lighting
Swartland All doors at cost done through Schantelle at Specifying techniques
T8 Holdings Industrial Roofing Specialist – installation only
Thekweni Reinforcing all reinforcing including additional for slab and foundation errors
Thermowise Supply and installation of a heatpump
Vaal Potteries All sanware
Duromed Education of a teacher

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