Lions Disaster Assistance

LCIF Disaster Grant

In the small hours of 10/11th March a devastating fire raged through the
informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

10,000 shacks were burnt to the ground, 3 people lost there lives in the
inferno and  at least 15,000 people were left homeless and lost
everything that they possessed.

Fire victims crowded in with family, in public buildings and church
halls etc but the majority were housed in tents on a sports field.

It has been heart warming to see how so many individuals and
organizations both in Hout Bay as well as further afield have come
forward to assist with donations of goods as well as hands on support.

Of course we as members of the Lions Club of Hout Bay as individuals
have been helping wherever we can sorting clothes, chopping and
preparing food and helping with medical services.

As with any disaster of this magnitude It's taken a while to get clarity
on exactly what is most urgently needed.

Lion Liz attended many meetings and communicated with Disaster
Management, Dept of Social Development, the MEC for Health, the Hout Bay
Health Forum, the Ward Councillor etc to try to establish where we could
best serve.

Then we heard the wonderful news that DG Lance Maythem and his team had
applied to LCIF for the Disaster Relief Grant of 10,000 US Dollars and
that it had been approved.

Thanks to this generous funding  we have been able to do so much more.

For the last 2 weeks we have provided breakfast daily for some 200
children living in the tented community.

Many were severely traumatised by the horrific fire and a program was
organised by NGO Lalela and MOBS to help these children during the
school holidays.

We have been able to buy and put together a basic package of household
goods eg pots pans, cutlery crockery, food and blankets.

Winter is just around the corner and thankfully families are gradually
able to move back into their newly erected shacks.

We can't help everyone so we decided to target the most vulnerable
people that we have identified in our community.

Last Wednesday Mayor Patricia De Lille officially declared Imizamo Yethu
a Local Disaster Area in order to expedite rebuilding and to get
essential services up and running more quickly.

We have already made a start and are all very busy buying, packaging and
delivering goods.

Honouring our Bursary Students

On the evening of 14th April, in the Hout Bay Library hall, Hout Bay Lions presented (red carpet treatment) our past and present Bursary students to the Hout Bay public.   These Students, sons and daughters of Hout Bay, bravely got up to the lecturn and exposed their dreams in life, their achievements to date and how they reached these goals.   It was a very emotional evening for those Lions in

Andrea Hespel is the current (2017/17) Hout Bay Lions President

Every year in July a new President and Board is chosen for the following 12 months.

Appeal to help the Children of James Houtse

James House has brought to our attention the dire need to send out an appeal to assist the children of James House with donations of stationary or any other educational items.