From 2021’s deadly protests to this week’s devastating floods, KwaZulu-Natal has been absolutely wrecked in the last year, and its embattled residents need our help more than ever. Over 248 schools and 6000 homes have been damaged, so far, with death count is well in excess of 300. Thousands of people are displaced and require the bare essentials; food, water, clothing and organisations across eThekwini are doing their best to provide these necessities and provide safe temporary habitation.
In such an unequal world, where wars, disasters and conflict disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable, it is easy to feel guilty or overwhelmed. However, within our relative privilege and in our role as contributing members of society, sometimes taking a step back and looking at what we can do to help, no matter how big or small, makes the biggest difference.
We have compiled this list of organisations to make it as easy and efficient as possible for you to contribute essential goods or donations to where they are needed most. These national and Durban-based organisations need support from the country in their hour of need, or are doing the best they can to assist victims. Most of these organisations require clean water, food, clothing and essential toiletries and good-Samaritans outside of Durban can donate to their bank accounts. It is best to do your research into exactly what these organisations require, so your assistance is used most efficiently. Most of these organisations are engaged in charity work outside of their assistance to the floods, so make sure you reference where you want your money to be used.
GIFT OF THE GIVERS
Gift of the Givers says that hot meals, blankets, bottled water, warm clothes, sanitary pads and diapers are the initial requirements for those in low-lying areas who have lost their possessions.
Bank: Standard Bank
Account name: Gift of the Givers
Branch code: 057525
Account number: 052137228
Reference: KZN Floods.
Umhlanga Women’s Association
The UWA supports the Umhlanga as a non-profit organization, and is a collective of women from all walks of live assisting the community through various ways.
LUNGISISA INDLELA VILLAGE
LIV Village provides long term foster care, their flagship community is based in Durban and is home to 170 vulnerable children and 33 foster mothers. They assist with healthcare, entrepreneurship, schooling and more.
Account Name: Lungisisa Indlela Village
Bank: First National Bank
Branch Name: Umhlanga Crescent
Account Number: 6242 0878 946
Bank: Nedbank – Current Account Account Name: iThemba Lethu Account Number: 130 1240 958. Branch: 130 126.
MEALS ON WHEELS
NPO Meals on Wheels is providing cooked meals at the camps where displaced residents are sheltering, especially the eThekwini municipality, iLembe district and parts of the uMgungundlovu and Ugu districts.
Account name: Meals on Wheels Community Services SA
Account number: 4076236605
Reference: Your Name/Flood relief
ISLAMIC RELIEF SOUTH AFRICA
Islamic Relief, one of the most effective organisations in the world, offers access to essential infrastructure and services such as healthcare, food, water and sanitation.
Bank: Standard Bank Account Name: Islamic Relief SA Branch: Fordsburg Branch Code: 005205 Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ Account No: 005318459
ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION
Co-ordinator of the Robin Hood Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in KwaZulu-Natal, Jackie Psannis, told TimesLIVE there is a need for non-perishable items, clothing and household items.
The six drop-off sites for donations are:
CGA Agencies, 235 Underwood Road, Pinetown, 031 708 1018, 8am-4pm;
Broadway Pharmacy, 5 Swapo Road, Durban North, 031 563 8216, 8am-7pm;
Wool ’n Weave, Lilies Quarter, Old Main Road, Hillcrest, 031 765 2770, 9am-4pm;
Dormehl Phalane Real Estate, Gillitts Centre, Clifton Road, 082 726 1956, 8.30am-4.30pm; and Washwell Granada Laundry, 16 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, 083 299 4008, 7.30am-4.30pm.
Account name: The Robin Hood Foundation
Branch code: 164826
Account number: 1648160948
Reference: Your Name/Flood relief
THE ANGEL NETWORK
The Angel Network NPO in Durban is offering relief to affected communities with clean water and food which can be dropped off at Gate A at Kings Park Stadium, SA Harvest Warehouse, Jackson Road, St Martins Church, 12 Chelsea Drive, Durban north, and Gate 3, 3 Far Lane, Mt Edgecombe.
Bank: Standard Bank
Account name: The Angel Network Durban
Account Number: 10145040508
Reference: Flood relief
NPC, Dokimos Ministries International and the ABC Forum of Churches is working with several churches to provide food, warm clothing, blankets and other resources for those left destitute. They are also offering counselling services and assisting with rebuilding.
Monetary contributions can be sent to:
Account name: Dokimos Ministries International NPC
Account Number: 62734534268
Reference: Your name/ KZN relief
Penny Appeal SA has asked for minimum donations of R100, as part of its Help for 100 project.
City Hope is an NPO that directly assists people affected by the devastation from natural or man-made disasters through a network of volunteers, churches and partner organisations.
LENDING HAND FOUNDATION
Lending Hand Foundation is a public charity organisation supporting vulnerable children with education and other essential services.
SA Harvest takes a revolutionary and sustainable approach to ending hunger in South Africa. The are running a donation drive for flood relief and require non-perishable food, blankets, toiletries, nappies and clothing.
Account Number: 62693490478
Branch Code: 255955
Branch: RANDPARK RIDGE