A shelter for gender-based violence in Gauteng has been badly damaged and has lost much-needed supplies after torrential rains hit the area on Friday.
The woman who runs the shelter, who cannot be named to protect the victims, has no money. She runs the day-to-day operations with her own money. Flooding during the rain resulted in all food, mattresses, diapers and other baby care products in the shelter being damaged or lost. She urgently needs more stock now.
The rain damaged everything in the house, including the roof and electrical box, leaving them in the dark all weekend. The roof will not be repaired until Monday.
The flood occurred after the drain overflowed because it was clogged. This caused the water to spill over the driveway and into the house.
Jason Behrens, of the Jason’s Angels NPO, which regularly inspects such shelters, explained that they did not have time to salvage anything in the shelter. “The water came in hard and fast. There was no time to get anything to safety, but all the victims were safe.”
The shelter houses 49 women and 10 babies who depend on the belongings they lost in the flood. They are now asking for help to get them back on their feet.
They need donations such as food, diapers and mattresses. “If there’s anything else you think might help, you’re welcome to donate it as well,” Behrens said.
Food stamps are also welcome, and those who want to donate money will get coupons. If you would like to donate, please contact Behrens on 078 587 6296 or by email at: [email protected]†