Help SA Water Warriors help communities

2019-10-10 06:01

WITH little to no rain, the water crisis across South Africa, including Kouga, continues to worsen – with the Kouga Dam nearly empty.

South African Water Warriors – a non-profit organisation established on February 26, 2018 by Deon Smit – is doing all it can by donating thousands of litres of water and food to those affected by the drought.

But they cannot do it without the continued support of residents and businesses.

According to Patensie Water Warrior, Gerda Swart, the drought over the past five years is leaving devastation on so many levels for the farmers.

“Their livestock are dying every day; the farmers are in despair and financially strained,” she says. “They are no longer able to produce anything in their lands; they are not able to feed their animals and great losses also leave farmers to do away with workers. Some only have one worker family left, some none.”

According to Swart, the organisation is in dire need of water, fodder, non-perishable food, toiletries, fresh vegetables and pet food.

Donations will be distributed, free of charge, to farmers in need across South Africa in aid of farmers’ animals, their families and their worker families.

“Please support our cause to prevent our farmers from giving up, or more, to taking their own lives,” says Swart. “We can support them; we can carry them through this time, but only with your help.”

More information

The eight members of SA Water Warriors are based in Eastern Cape (Patensie), Southern Cape, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Meyerton, Vaal Triangle and Thabazimbi.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the South African Water Warriors can visit their fundraising page at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/south-african-water-warriors. They are also on Facebook.

Donations can be made to South African Water Warriors at First National Bank, cheque account 62785215148, branch 200410.

For more information, contact Gerda Swart at 082 560 3636 or send an email to gswart335@gmail.com.

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