Heavy rains in Johannesburg last week claimed 6 lives including that of 3 year old Everite Chauke whose mother, Cynthia, is a participant of the Save the Children book sharing project.
“Evelaide’s passing has shaken the community. We are deeply saddened by her death and send our deepest condolences to the Chauke family and every other family effected by the flash floods,” said Save the Children CEO Gugu Ndebele.
“While we are recovering from the shock of Everite’s death, we are assisting families and children cope with the trauma they have experienced,” added Ndebele.
Save the Children has opened its doors to shelter 14 children and their families at their early childhood development (ECD) centre in Setswetla. The centre provides children with a safe environment to play, experience themselves and receive essential care.
Ndebele explained, “It is important for us to create safe child friendly spaces during times of tragedy and loss. Natural disasters can have a profound effect on children so it is vital that children are given the space and tools to cope with their loss.”
“Our ECD centre in Setswetla, not only provides a roof over their heads but offers safety and support to those who have sought refuge with us”.
Save the Children appeals to the public for aid to help provide much needed supplies, such as clothing, blankets, face-cloths and toiletries to assist families affected by this disaster.
Anyone willing to assist can drop of donations at either the Save the Children Johannesburg office – 53 Von Brandis Street, Albertsville, Randburg or Pretoria office: 1067 Arcadia Street, Hatfield. To make a financial donation visit www.savethechildren.org.za
For more information or to set up an interview contact: Lois Moodley on 0724401519 or [email protected]
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