At 1:00 AM on Friday, 08 December 2018 a committee member from the Quarry Road Informal Settlement informed Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre of a huge fire incident at the settlement which affected and displaced at least 130 residents.
Head of Operations, Abdul Saeed Shaik arrived at the site at first light and met committee members of the settlement, Ms Gloria Mdunge and Ms Thandiwe Mthembu, who requested an urgent need for meals, blankets and clothing for the beleaguered residents.
About 100 informal dwellings were razed to the ground and the affected residents lost all their belongings. Fortunately there were no fatalities or casualties.
The Darul Ihsan Relief Team arrived promptly on site with blankets, fruit and light meals for lunch and supper which were handed over to the residents, facilitated by the committee members and overseen by Mr Sifiso Mhlongo – a representative of Ethekwini Disaster Management.
On Saturday, 9 December, 2018 the Relief team, together with community volunteers, followed-up with the distribution of 300 hot- packed meals for lunch and supper. Crisps and sweets were handed to children at the settlement and an assortment of clothing were also distributed to all affected residents.
The residents expressed their sincere appreciation to the Relief Team for assistance rendered to them over the two-day period.
Settlement committee members Mr Zama Mkhize, Ms Gloria Mdunge and Ms Thandiwe Mthembu also thanked the Relief Team and expressed their appreciation for the assistance and prompt response in their ‘hour of need.’
Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre serves on the Technical Task Team of Ethekwini Disaster Management and is available on call for any civil emergency for which it can assist.
These relief outreaches of the Centre are made possible through the generous contributions and ongoing support of the Muslim community.
Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre