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Our home of 28 years, gone in 24 hours

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Hi, I am  Janelle Barnard, and I am from KwaZulu-Natal, Umdloti.

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.

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. 

While our home is insured, and insurance will help alleviate some of the weight - helping us fund temporary housing until the situation improves even slightly - we need to start clearing the devastation as soon as possible so that our foundations are not compromised further.

We need to try searching through shoulder-deep mud for our cat. We need to pay for 24-hour security for the shell that remains. We need to begin replacing personal items not covered by our policies to start trying to regain some vague sense of normality.

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.

We have been blown away by the overwhelming support we’ve received from our friends and family via BackaBuddy and from complete strangers. The immense support is what has kept us moving forward. Thank you so much 

Donations

  • Jun 04, 2022 - USD $ 64.34
  • "I grew up with your mum as my neighbour. I’m so sorry to read this. Take care girls " - Sarah Dallas

  • Jun 03, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "There will be light! " - Veronica van der Riet

  • Jun 02, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    I walk around sometimes like everything is fine but deep down, inside my shoe my sock is slipping off

    " - The Dude

  • May 31, 2022 - R 2 200.00
  • "Sending all our love and strength during this very difficult time" - The Hardy Boys

  • May 30, 2022 - USD $ 76.93
  • "Hi Ricky, you and the family will get through this. Love you!" - Ivan V

  • May 28, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Strength to you both! " - Jennifer Olbers

  • May 27, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "We are so sorry for your immense loss. Stay strong!" - Karin and Francois

  • May 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • May 27, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • May 27, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Anonymous" - Snapscan

  • May 27, 2022 - USD $ 127.06
  • "Beeboo, I love you with all my heart and Im deeply sorry! Keeping you and Janelle in my thoughts everyday, sending you lots of strength to rebuild! XX Ill be here if you need me" - Shmartin

  • May 26, 2022 - R 500.00
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    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • May 26, 2022 - R 50.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • May 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Have faith. This too shall pass. " - Mala

  • May 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Sending love and healing ️‍🩹 " - Nikita

  • May 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Baie sterkte!!" - Esmarie

  • May 25, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending love " - Patsy

  • May 25, 2022 - USD $ 191.86
  • "Sending love" - Wanny

  • May 25, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Love you" - Ouma

  • May 25, 2022 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Sending you both the best!" - Catherine

  • May 25, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in this difficult time! Jamie

    " - Jamie

  • May 25, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    You have always had my back, I love you so much!

    " - Bekks

  • May 25, 2022 - USD $ 12.67
  • "God bless " - Kerry Lloyd

  • May 24, 2022 - USD $ 31.67
  • "Hope you get back on your feet soon." - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Sending so much love" - Jen

  • May 24, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "So sorry that you have suffered such a loss. " - Dale

  • May 24, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "No words. Thoughts are with you x" - Ang

  • May 24, 2022 - USD $ 6.33
  • "God bless. " - Joanne

  • May 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Sending you strength and love" - Anon

  • May 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Best wishes." - TRACEY

  • May 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "I’m so sorry for what you have lost one day at a time. Keep your hope alive! " - Jess Chaplin

  • May 24, 2022 - R 2 500.00
  • "It will not bring back your house and belongings, but will hopefully help a little. Sending lots of love and strength xx <3 <3 " - Louise & Paul

  • May 24, 2022 - R 20 000.00
  • "My heart is breaking!" - Aunty

  • May 24, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending so much love and strength to you and Bee my friend. Love you to the moon and back." - Candy Williams-Jones

  • May 24, 2022 - USD $ 12.67
  • "Sending strength. X" - Delport Family

  • May 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Stay strong dear sisters." - Shane S

  • May 24, 2022 - USD $ 95.00
  • "Sending you so much strength and love" - Tobi

  • May 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Sorry for your loss but God will provide" - Anon

  • May 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "<3 <3 <3" - Kath

  • May 24, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "You are in our thoughts and prayers" - Sukhdeos (Tevin’s family)

  • May 24, 2022 - USD $ 100.18
  • "Really hope this helps" - Dean Swift

  • May 24, 2022 - USD $ 316.67
  • "Sending you love and strength to overcome this tragedy! We miss you guys, hang in there, you got this! " - A&J

  • May 24, 2022 - USD $ 31.51
  • "Bianca & Janellle ..thinking if u both from afar ..I wish I was there to help u in person ! I will definitely see u when I come to SA in a few months ..plse reach out if u need anything with love x" - Melanie Becker

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 70.56
  • "So devastating for you - keep strong " - Sandie williams

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 12.49
  • "So sorry for your loss. " - Sukina Butcher

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Sorry for your loss" - Sharon Giani

  • May 23, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending love and light. Tev and Av" - Tevin

  • May 23, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "I’m so sorry for all of your losses. You two sisters have built yourselves stronger before, and you’re going to do it again. Goodluck, here for you with any help we can x " - Jenna

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 126.04
  • "Hoping this helps in some way. " - Sam

  • May 23, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending so much love, hope and prayer. Stay strong ️" - Fathima

  • May 23, 2022 - R 3 000.00
  • "Sending you love and light " - Salooomi

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 22.06
  • "So sorry for your loss and praying for you guys" - Anonymous

  • May 23, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "So sorry this has happened" - Anon

  • May 23, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you strength " - Padayachee family

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 63.02
  • "Heartbroken! Sending you both so much love and strength." - Caraidh

  • May 23, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "There is no amount that can give you peace but I hope it makes your burden easier" - Anonymous

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 12.60
  • "I'm so very sorry Janelle. Thinking of you and your kitty. x " - Alexandra Grieve

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 126.04
  • "Nelly my heart breaks for you and I really hope this helps. Sending you all the love in the world.️🥺" - Dominique

  • May 23, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Janelle and Bianca I am so sorry to hear of all that you have lost. I am glad you are both safe and have each other. Thinking of you. X" - Sam Hogan

  • May 23, 2022 - R 350.00
  • "I am so sorry to hear this, Bee! Stay strong, you've got this. " - Cristina Govender

  • May 23, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Heard of your awful situation through Megs cat instagram page. I am so sorry for your loss and hope this helps a little in getting you back on your feet!" - Anonymous

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 630.20
  • "I know this will never replace what you have so tragically lost, Janelle, but I hope it helps a little l. Please don’t display my contribution or message. Sending so much love to you all xx" - Pippa

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 50.42
  • "Nicole's aunt and uncle in the US" - The Howard Family

  • May 23, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Thinking of you and your sister during this time" - Alexandra

  • May 23, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "May God shower his blessings onto you both " - Sumi Govender

  • May 23, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending you love from the Reddy fam" - Mish

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 63.02
  • "Ive heard your devastating news through Ananda and Ali. Sending prayers your way." - Janet Wood

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 300.00
  • "Sending you so much love and strength to get through this. We love you guys so much. Xx" - Ananda

  • May 23, 2022 - R 350.00
  • "My heart goes out to you guys, hopefully the community will rally in any way possible!" - Lidija

  • May 23, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "So Sorry Janelle. Hang in there" - Prin Kamiah

  • May 23, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "With hope and love. " - Kata, Harvey & Miley

  • May 23, 2022 - R 350.00
  • "Sending lots of love." - Megs

  • May 23, 2022 - USD $ 94.53
  • "Thinking of you and feel so devastated. " - Alison Pieterse

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Hi, I am  Janelle Barnard, and I am from KwaZulu-Natal, Umdloti.

28 years of treasured memories in our family home. A home that was to be destroyed in less than 24 hours. 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.