Durban Floods | uMdloti Sisters pen emotional appeal after losing their family home in an instant

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Janelle (27) and Bianca Barnard (24) from uMdloti, Kwa-Zulu Natal, have launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to restore their family home of 28-years that was destroyed in Durban floods on 21 May 2022.

In the aftermath of the floods, the sisters shared an emotional appeal for support:

“We shared 28 years of treasured memories in our family home that our parents built. In less than 24 hours, that home was destroyed. 

Our hearts are as heavy as the mud that stands up to our ceilings as we write this. An unyielding reminder of the devastation we’ve endured.

It is a surreal sight – red sand engulfed most of our possessions. Most painfully, irreplaceable family heirlooms and albums of the last pictures we have of our parents sit submerged under the mud.

We have lost nearly all of our material possessions, but we have not yet lost hope, even though it is being worn down to its foundations by the weight of wet sand.

We are no strangers to picking up pieces and having to start over. My sister and I lost our mother, our last living parent, unexpectedly in 2019.

The two of us have been trying to hold everything together as best as we can. But we are just two, and the pieces are becoming too heavy to carry on our own” – says Bianca 

SInce the launch of their crowdfunding campaign on 23 May 2022, more than R80 000 has been raised through kind contributions from 52 donors, towards their fundraising target of R200 000.

“We are appealing to everyone to help us gain some stability in what feels like living in quicksand. If we stand still, we will sink. If you are able to assist in any way we are appealing to you to help us move forward. To help us rebuild our family home – the same home our parents built 28 years ago.” – says Janelle

Janelle and Bianca have lost their family home and all their treasures as a result of the floods

While their home is insured, and insurance will help alleviate some of the financial pressure they are experiencing, the Barnard sisters desperately need to find temporary housing, begin clearing the devastation, hire 24-hour security for the shell that remains, as well as replace a few personal items claimed in the flood.

“We have been blown away by the overwhelming support we’ve received not only from our friends and family via BackaBuddy, but also from complete strangers. The immense support is what has kept us moving forward” – says Janelle


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