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Categories: HEADLINES, Housing & Living Conditions
The festive season has passed, but there’s still time to give…
9 January 2013, Cape Town. On New Year’s Day more than 4,000 people were left homeless as fires gutted homes in informal settlements in DuNoon and Khayelitsha in Cape Town. With any disaster of this scale, food security of the victims remains an important issue both immediately and during rebuilding efforts.

“Our initial assessment with the City’s Disaster Management unit and partner NGOs was that City resources would be able to deal with the immediate need for food, with NGOs needing to design a relief effort during the rebuilding phase,” says David Jacobs, acting branch manager for Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa (SHN SA).

On 7 January, SHN SA, together with NGO partners EDR, MercyNet and The Warehouse, began the work of setting up temporary feeding centres near disaster sites to ensure that members of the community had access to a hot meal each night after a busy day of rebuilding. The first of these, in the Du Noon settlement, was opened in the Apostolic Faith Mission hall near the site of the fire on 8 January. A further feeding scheme was opened on 9 January in Khayelitsha.

Pastor Templeton Zweni of the Apostolic Faith Mission: “Around 20 families benefited from the first day of operation. They were all very grateful for the meal and clothes, especially those who are on treatment where it is very important to have a nutritious meal.”

Over 13,000 meals will be made available by SHN SA and its partners during the rebuilding efforts in both DuNoon and Khayelitsha as more temporary feeding centres are set up. Should you wish to contribute to the effort, visit the Stop Hunger Now SA website at www.stophungernowsa.org or email wcape@stophungernowsa.org.

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