Duzi Disaster Fund
- By: Tiana Long
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/duzi-disaster
When conservancy members from the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy first saw the Willowton Spill on Wednesday morning (14th August) they went directly to Willowton to confront them and tell them of the immense impact that this spill would have on all river life and associated wildlife and we made a request for immediate help to equip the Conservancy (and other downstream communities/conservancies) to deploy their own river care team to help. When Willowton did not respond to this request or to media requests for a disaster fund to equip local people on the ground to respond appropriately to assist the river and communities in their area, one of our conservancy members, Tiana Long, created a campaign called the Duzi Disaster Fund.
This was done with the knowledge of other NGO’s such as DUCT and Save our Rivers SA. These organisations subsequently met with Willowton to develop a long term strategy for restoration. Willowton then met with Conservancy members on Friday 23rd August to ask them to participate in this long term vision. The Duzi Disaster Fund is set up to link and empower affected communities to take local action within a broader network of support and resourcing for research and restoration along the river. We will be working within a proposed Forum that will see local people involved in this broader strategy from "source to sea" along the Msunduzi River.
Hi I'm Tiana Long (26 years old) and I'm raising money on behalf of the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy. I grew up there and have lived there most of my life.
The Duzi Disaster Fund is a response to the recent spillage of oil and caustic soda in the Msunduzi River. We are counting on donations to help toward setting up an ecological research center to assist the process of rehabilitation of the wildlife, aquatic life and other life along the river in the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy and empowering downstream communities and conservancies to do the same.
We would like to raise the funds within 6 months.
The funds will be used to establish and equip the research center and implement a range of projects including a breeding program for restocking the river with fish, research projects, river restoration projects, education, legal advise, training and development and public engagement in river health.
The Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy will be capacitated to respond to the ecological disaster with a range of projects, education and training and awareness-raising through their conservancy, downstream communities and others. This will bring about a range of positive impacts including job creation, education, training and development, projects and research towards restoring the river.
Please follow our progress here.
*The funds raised will be transferred into the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy bank account.*
- Oct 19, 2019 - R 205.64
- "In honour of Katy Harries 50th birthday" - Wendy Corkin
- Oct 18, 2019 - R 500.00
- "In honour of Katy Harries' 50th Birthday with much love from Julia" - Julia Botha
- Sep 05, 2019 - USD $ 40.00
- "Thank you for your good work, sending support from the US!" - Jill Kelly
- Sep 03, 2019 - R 510.00
- "Protect our water please :)" - Vikash Rikhilal
- Aug 30, 2019 - R 500.00
- "May this joint effort to reestablish the water life in this river happen ASAP" - Brenda Dippenaar
- Aug 25, 2019 - R 507.50
- "This is not the first but every drop counts!" - Anonymous
Donations to dateR 28 452.93
Fundraising targetR 500 000.00
Funds raised offlineR 25 638.00 Donate
Duzi Disaster Fund Cause
The Duzi Disaster Fund is a response to the recent spillage of oil and caustic soda in the Msunduzi river. We are counting on donations to help toward setting up an ecological research centre to assist the process of rehabilitation of the wildlife, aquatic life and other life along the river in the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy and empowering downstream communities and conservancies to do the same.