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Rebuild Knysna's Homes

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Knysna’s Family's have been devastated by the fires. Massive funding will help with short term problems. Wealth Migrate wants to ensure that we solve the long term problems of rebuilding family’s homes. There are 390 destroyed, and counting... Let’s use the power of the crowd, technology and crowdfunding to rebuild their houses, rebuild their lives and help them co-create a better future for themselves and their family's!

Here is a documentary about the havoc which was created -

Here is drone footage of the devastation -


Knysna is one most picturesque towns in the country and it is surrounded by mountains. On Wednesday this quaint town was hit by a tsunami of problems. The town braced itself for a 30-year storm and all the schools were closed. There were gale force winds and trees everywhere were being blown down. Then it all went pear shaped. Fires started and spread so quickly. The tiny fire department is normally amazing and used to dealing with a fire in one spot.

However, this fire spread quickly to all the surrounding mountains and was literally burning on all sides. The wind was spreading it faster than anyone could control, the helicopters couldn't get airborne because of the winds and whats app groups were created to desperately try get people to safety. The residents scrambled and everyone was evacuated to close to the water. My father in law had to even be evacuated by boat from Brenton on Lake as they were trapped by fires on all sides. The N2 road, in and out of the town, was blocked. There was no way to escape!

Wednesday night was terrifying and no one knew what would happen next as the wind fueled the flames and there was no rain. People fought for their homes. Others helped. The community came together in a bid to survive! This is the video I made that night.

On Thursday morning, as the sun came up, the extent of the devastation became clear. Although most of the town’s infrastructure is in place, so many homes were literally flattened. Take a look at the picture on the right of this page, which I took it myself.

Every time I walk around my house and look at my sentimental things, I can’t but help feel really sorry for those who have lost their houses. Some will have insurance and be able to replace the material things, but there is so much in a person’s homes which is irreplaceable and no amount of money will be able to solve this. My concern is that many people in Knysna live on very limited means and I guarantee don't have insurance to rebuild their homes. With over 30 homes being destroyed with just parents in my sons Private School, there are apparently over 390 homes lost and 3000 people displaced.

Now it is time for once again the community to solve this grand challenge. This time not just the Knysna community, but the South African and global community who can use the power of technology. Let’s use the power of the crowd to rebuild their houses, rebuild their lives and help them turn their properties back into their homes.

I, Scott Picken, Founder and CEO of Wealth Migrate have been a resident of Knysna for 4 years. We are passionate about crowdfunding and its power to mobilise the crowd to solve the world’s grand challenges. Add to this that this that property is the corner stone of wealth for a family and we want to provide a solution for the people of Knysna who have been affected by the fire to rebuild their homes.

Short term people are raising funds for disaster relief, delivering key essentials and clothes. This is awesome. What I am worried about is when the hype is over, these families will still be without homes. We need to Rebuild Knysna’s homes! This is a long term project, this is my life’s purpose and passion!

Wealth Migrate is one of the drivers of the Wealth Movement. It’s purpose is to create a better and more sustainable planet for all, by providing wealth through technology and property ownership. In simple terms we help people build wealth, both locally and globally, through technology and property. As a resident of Knysna I believe that charity starts at home. Let use crowdfunding to solve this grand challenge for this community. Wealth Migrate and BackaBuddy, leading crowdfunding solutions, both globally and locally respectively, have combined together to enable this. While Wealth Migrate is driving this locally, they will continue on their purpose to empower everyone with access to the Wealth Effect of property through the use of Technology.

My wife, Kelly Picken, who is the volunteer Head Santa Shoe Box for the Garden Route and Eastern Cape will be managing how to support those people who have lost their homes. She has an intricate knowledge of what is actually happening in the community and ensure it is getting to the right people. Kelly and I will be donating R10k, Wealth Migrate will be donating R100k to the project and to ensure that they can kickstart this crowdfunding project. 100% of all funds will be given to those who need them and no management fee will be applied at all. Get the money to the people who really need it! Please help us use the power of the crowdfunding to Rebuild Knysna’s Homes and solve a grand challenge for this community!

PS This is why it is essential we rebuilt their homes and quite frankly give everyone access to the wealth of property:

According to research, children who grow up in substandard and overcrowded homes, have:

  • Poorer physical and mental health,
  • 2 ½ times increase in acute lower respiratory tract infections,
  • Increase of meningococcal disease, tuberculosis, acute rheumatic fever, helicobacter pylori (bacteria that causes stomach ulcers), hepatitis and bronchiectasis which leads to serious lunch disease,
  • Infant mortality increases 400%,
  • Higher blood pressure amongst boys and learned helplessness amongst girls,
  • Stress, anxiety and depression due to a feeling of loss of control of ones situation, and
  • More conflict in the home.  

In comparison, home owning parents raise their children with:

  • Improved cognitive abilities and reduced behavioural problems
  • Sense of ownership of property
  • Great residential stability
  • Greater life satisfaction and self-esteem for adults, who, in turn, provide a more positive home environment for children.

According to a Joint Centre for Housing Studies, Harvard University, children of homeowners tend to:

  • Achieve higher levels of education,
  • Achieve higher levels of income,
  • Own homes sooner,
  • Have larger wealth accumulation.  

This is commonly referred to as the Wealth Effect. 


Name Comment Date Amount
Johann Ahlers Trust that every drop will help towards this noble goal. Jul 05, 2017 R 1 028.20
ITURN GLOBAL Wish knysna recovers soon Jun 19, 2017 R 3 000.00
Nicola Into the darkness you shine, out of the ashes we rise... Jun 15, 2017 R 205.64
Pierre vdB Could easily have also been Sedgefield and my house. Very grateful. We are the lucky ones this time. Jun 14, 2017 R 1 010.00
Steve and Jacky Leo Thanks for arranging Jun 14, 2017 R 5 010.00
BB I grew up there. My friends lost places, fought to help others and if I can help a little through this effort, I'm thankful its possible! Jun 14, 2017 R 10 000.00
Chris & Nats Our prayers are with those re-building their lives in Knysna Jun 13, 2017 R 5 141.00
Harry & Belinda Welby-Cooke Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire community on the Garden Route. May you continue to come together and rebuild an even better future. Jun 13, 2017 R 5 141.00
Anonomyous Peace, healing and blessings Jun 13, 2017 R 1 322.27
Reinette May God be with you Jun 12, 2017 R 1 000.00
Anonymous Hopefully better houses can be built for these people than they previously had. It's sad how those who have so little lost everything they do have. Jun 12, 2017 USD $ 12.62
Lindy and Dave We hope that this will help someone. Jun 12, 2017 R 2 638.03
Mark Gaunya & Jennifer Borislow We are happy to participate. Jun 12, 2017 R 1 283.54
Leisel May your burdens be lightened as we all stand together Jun 12, 2017 R 500.00
Linda Spies Please ensure these funds are used wisely to rebuild the homes of those who need it most. God bless. Jun 12, 2017 R 1 028.20
Anon May your new homes be bkesses with love, good health and prisperity Jun 12, 2017 R 210.00
Nelius & Jadwiga Great initiative and delighted to be able to contribute Jun 12, 2017 R 1 010.00
Wernars family My heart goes out to all those that have lost everything, hope this small donation helps somewhat. Jun 12, 2017 R 5 000.00
African Travel services For our community, Knysna will rise again! Jun 12, 2017 R 1 010.00
Cooper family sent with love and hope Jun 12, 2017 R 5 000.00
Sharon Brits Every little bit goes a long way. God bless you all Jun 12, 2017 R 110.00
Liesl & Flip Lots of love?? Jun 12, 2017 R 210.00
Megan Van Heerden God be with each and every Individual Jun 12, 2017 R 500.00
Tom & Monique Great initiative to help people who lost their homes! Jun 11, 2017 R 10 010.00
Jenny Wallace In thankfulness that my son, his family and home were spared in the Knysna fires and to help in a small way those less fortunate Jun 11, 2017 R 2 539.04
Liz & Terry Each little bit counts to rebuild our community Jun 11, 2017 R 2 056.40
Helen & Amy from Edinburgh, Scotland Albeit a small donation it's sent with huge amounts of hope & love for Knysna to be restored for its people xx Jun 10, 2017 USD $ 63.62
MO xxx Jun 10, 2017 USD $ 36.58
Ridley family Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Knysna fire victims. Jun 10, 2017 R 2 030.00
Anonymous77 Lives are more important than material things, but you need money to rebuild Jun 10, 2017 R 10 010.00
Merylin and Sasha Helping to rebuild precious homes and lives Jun 10, 2017 R 1 028.20
Peter . Jun 10, 2017 USD $ 243.83
Lelani May something positive come from this - people still care for others Jun 10, 2017 R 514.10
Jenny Stone To all in Knysna Jun 10, 2017 R 339.54
Ashraf Sad for all Knysna residents who have lost homes. May this be a reminder to all of us of every South African's need for formal shelter. "If everyone helps his neighbour, then who will need help?" Jun 10, 2017 R 102.82
Dirk May God be with all that's been affected Jun 10, 2017 R 10 010.00
Heather To new beginnings Jun 10, 2017 R 500.00
The Bayvel's Lots of prayers to the people in Knysna Jun 10, 2017 R 10 000.00
Charl Every little helps...thoughts and prayers with those affected by these terrible fires. Jun 10, 2017 R 1 028.20
Anna If you want to go far go together. Thank you for the platform to go far and to go together ?? Godspeed to all affected. Jun 10, 2017 R 2 056.40
Mathee Dental Studio People of Knysna, you are in our prayers. Jun 10, 2017 R 1 010.00
Marc Lunau (Houses4Rent), Cape Town As a property man I hope this will help someone to replace his/her. Jun 10, 2017 R 1 028.20
Jessica Penny Felten May this little bit help those in need. Jun 10, 2017 USD $ 69.43
Michelle More Wishes for an abundance of blessings for all affected to rebuild their homes and their lives Jun 10, 2017 R 1 028.20
Daniel dos santos We're all praying for knysna Jun 10, 2017 R 20 564.00
Tash Love and strength to the people affected by the fires. Jun 10, 2017 R 1 000.00
Fatima Praying for a swift rebuild of Knysna Jun 10, 2017 R 1 028.20
Trevor D We love our fellow South Africans Jun 10, 2017 R 1 028.20
Katharine Barnett My prayers are with you all Jun 10, 2017 USD $ 40.64
Elize van Sandwyk Our hearts go out to those affected - from Perth, Western Australia Jun 10, 2017 USD $ 40.64
Claudia Erben, Germany Always spent lovely holidays in SA - hope Knysna will recover soon ! Jun 10, 2017 USD $ 81.28
Cecilia with love to the people of Knysna. Jun 10, 2017 R 205.64
Janine Foster You will rise from this place of destruction and rebuild the homes and city of the place we love! Strength, courage, faith and perseverance to all! With love from Florida Jun 10, 2017 USD $ 52.64
Herbert Legal Group Our hearts go out to your community. Jun 09, 2017 USD $ 162.68
Warren Blessings from KZN Jun 09, 2017 USD $ 406.71
MICHELENE TOMS My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this devastating and traumatic time. Jun 09, 2017 R 10 010.00
Tim and Mandy Merryweather Good luck with this great initiative! What a devastating tragedy Jun 09, 2017 USD $ 813.43
KB Please make sure this goes to those who need it most. Jun 09, 2017 USD $ 162.68
Ian Hawthorne I hope this will help towards getting somebody back on their feet. Jun 09, 2017 R 5 000.00
Anonymous Not much, but every bit counts Jun 09, 2017 R 60.00
Dobs I've seen the damage and desperation that these fires have caused in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay. It's devastating for all affected. Jun 09, 2017 USD $ 100.00
Jurie Groenewald My ?? Goes out to everyone effected by this disaster Jun 08, 2017 R 1 028.20
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Donations to date

R 278 210.50

Fundraising target

R 1 000 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 100 000.00

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All funds raised through Scott & Kelly Picken and Wealth Migrate's Rebuild Knysna's Homes Campaign will be held until such time as an appropriate organisaiton is identified that will focus exclusively on rebuilding the homes of those who lost them in the fires. Kelly Picken, Head of Santa Shoe Box for the Garden Route and Esatern Cape will facilitate this. 100% of the funds will go to the people who need it!