Over a year ago, the devastating fires in Mati, destroyed several properties and left the people of the area hopeless and in search of a better future. Emfasis always present and standing beside the people in need, stood there with the people, listening to their needs and addressing the issues that occurred from day one.
The employment of two social scientists of the affected area gave us a helpful insight on the situation and showed us ways to ease their pain. Normality is gradually restored, with people gaining their dignity back again moving towards a better built future. We conducted several workshops during this period with multiple topics, work related, self-improvement, wellness based always on their needs and demands.
Life in camps is still a challenge for all of them, however the community has created strong bonds, supporting each other. The long procedure of reissuing their paperwork has almost been completed, with our assistance, and people start to take the social benefits they deserve. Our weekly based meetings with them, have created a strong established relationship between us, which allows us to see through their sayings and address their needs more effectively.
Our goal is to continue our presence to the affected area until the wounds are healed, and people get back to their everyday routines normally. During this period, we have learnt valuable lessons through their experiences and have grown with them, on a journey to self-understanding through challenging times.