My name is Yaseen Essack. About a month ago on the 2nd of March 2016 my home got burnt to the ground. I will never forget the day. I came home after a college around 5pm. I decided to go take a nap. My uncle came to visit, thus I woke up to open the door for him. That is when I saw the smoke coming out of the top of my parents room door. I opened the door only to see fire everywhere. I immediately closed the door and screamed the names of my sibling and my mother. We were all at home. I grabbed my bird and my mother and got out of the house while my brother grabbed my sister and cousin. We all ran out of the house. My mother made me aware that car keys were still inside the house. I ran back in to get it but by then dark smoke had covered the entire house. My eyes could not handle it. I grabbed the first key I could find and ran back outside. We grabbed my two dogs and headed for the front gate. The gate did not open as the fire had burnt all the electrical systems. My uncle grabbed a hammer and smashed the manual lock open. We opened the gate to find a large crow standing outside our house, frantically calling the fire brigade. I live in South Africa and the services are quite poor here. We stood outside our home and watched as glass shattered, and the roof came tumbling down. Within seconds everything we had built was slowly burning away. The fire brigade pitched up 30-35 minutes later and it took them a further hour to put out the fire.
My father came home from work during while the chaos was happening. He was truly devastated. Everything he had worked his whole life to provide for us was suddenly gone. We do have insurance on the house but as you know they are not paying us out the full value of our house and contents. We are still busy with the paper work, inspectors, etc. We approximate that they will pay out about $300 000. The value of our house was sitting at about $650 000. Now I do not expect to recover that value. I would like to help my father out. That is why I am asking for your kind donations. Any Little amount will go a long way. There have been so many generous people in our area alone. They have offered us their homes to stay in, bought us clothes, cooked for us and I am sure there are many many more kind people out there.
I Will answer any questions that you might have and send you pictures as proof that my house burnt down.
I thank you in advance for your donations and support during this period.