Project Location: Wupperthal, Western Cape, South Africa
Purpose: To assist fully the Moravian Church and Wupperthal Community in fully recovering from the wildfire which devastated the town on 30th December, 2018.
Beneficiaries: The people and community of Wupperthal.
Goals sought: To restore hope and opportunity back to the people of Wupperthal. Fruitful Futures will be amending the long term sustainable development plan previously written through our interaction with the community to reflect the circumstances created by the recent disaster and to ensure a bright future remains for the town and its residents.
Wupperthal, a rural community nestled in the midst of the dramatic Cederberg Mountains near Clanwilliam in South Africas Western Cape Province, suffered the devastating effects of a wildfire on the afternoon of Sunday 30th December 2018. The wildfire rapidly spread through the tiny thatched village destroying as it passed hundreds of years of history, heritage, 53 homes and much of the local infrastructure upon which the town relied for its survival.
The devastation has gravely affected all within the community – from the 220 school children that have lost their security and accommodation to the entire families and elderly that saw all they have ever owned burned to the ground during the wildfires progress. The events over the New Year period have truly left a profound mark on this special and unique community.
The widespread devastation caused has markedly affected all sectors of society within this vibrant community. Now, given the additional intricacies of Wupperthals remote location and heritage status, the urgent redevelopment and restoration of the town and the lives of the residents presents many challenges.
Fruitful Futures has specifically structured a comprehensive long term redevelopment proposal to not only promptly address the effects the fire has had on the community, but also to provide for future growth and financial stability through a staged project input approach over the coming months and years.
Immediately publish a public fundraising initiative together with extensive online marketing
To provide ‘rapid response’ funding to address immediate and urgent needs created within the community resultant of the disaster.
Determine individually the immediate requirements and long term needs and goals of the community
Through collaboration with the community, the identification of present and future needs creates understanding of overall requirements
Post our initial response, identify short, medium and long term projects and their individual requirements
With a comprehensive understanding gained of requirements, the prioritisation of same establishes a firm foundation upon which to publish an informed long term development plan
Formulate appropriate collaborative partnerships to affect and input successfully the long term development model
To provide an effective and highly capable team with all required expertise to effectively rollout the developed long term model