Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
No one wants to have to leave their home, but many of our brothers and sisters have had to flee war, violence and poverty for a better life in South Africa.
The current violence targeting “foreign” nationals dehumanises all parties involved, both those perpetuating the violence and those who are victimised. No one should live in fear of their neighbour or be forced to resort to looting and violence in order to survive.
Xenophobia is a complex issue, and we don't have all the answers. Many of us struggle with whether the deep violence and economic inequality in Mzansi can be used to explain these senseless attacks. But right now we need to respond immediately to the needs of those forced to flee their homes.
Can you pledge to donate food, blankets, toiletries and money to the following organisations? Please pledge your support. We'll keep you updated on the needs.
Gift of the Givers
Toll Free Number: 0800 786 911 or donate online here http://www.giftofthegivers.org/contact-us/online-contributions
Gift of the Givers is calling on donations of the following items: Floor sheeting or mats for the tents, blankets and linen, new clothing and shoes, towels, plastic utensils, sanitary pads and baby nappies, toilet rolls, refuse bags, 20-litre buckets, tinned food such as tuna, beans and jam, toothpaste, soap and deodorant.
Donations can be delivered to the Red Cross provincial office branch at 201 Kenneth Kaunda Drive, Durban North. You can also contact Deshika Daya or Zukiswa Dzatsima on 031 563 2914 or via email for more information.
Denis Hurley Centre
1 Cathedral Road,Durban
Tel: 031 301 2240
The Africa Diaspora Forum
Works in Pretoria, Johannesburg CBD, Yeoville, Hillbrow and surrounding areas
Contact: Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Diaspora-Forum/1403391639915651
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 0114870269.
HE-TIC & AIDS Local Council
Works in Ekurhuleni (Katlehong, Germiston, Benoni and surrounding areas)
Contact: Papi- 0739580896
Somali Community Board of South Africa
Works in Fordsburg, Mayfair, Pretoria and nationally
email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedfordview Methodist Church
Address: corner of Van Buuren and de Wet street, Bedfordview.
011 455 2600
If we've missed an organisation doing great work in your area, please reply to this email and let us know. We'll post additional information on our social media accounts.