Portugal forest fires - Shiv & Supriya have lost their home

For: Supriya (Natasha) Horn & Shiveshvar (Sebastian) Diez
Portugal
Organizer: Joshana Lovage
Portugal forest fires - Shiv & Supriya have lost their home (Supriya (Natasha) Horn & Shiveshvar (Sebastian) Diez)
£18,535
of £25,000 goal.
Raised by 188 donors
74% Complete

The Story

In August this year our dear friends Supriya (aka Natasha), Shiveshvar (aka Sebastian) and their two young children, Shyamalii, 6, and Narayan, 3, gave up their life in London to follow their dream of living a simple, sustainable life off grid in rural Portugal. Many of you know that they have spent the last 4 years preparing for the move and building a new home from scratch.

Last week they suffered the devastating blow of losing their home – and everything in it - to the forest fires that have ravaged many parts of Portugal since the early summer.

On Sunday 15th October fierce fires began to spread throughout the region as the winds from hurricane Ophelia whipped up ash from the previous week’s fire. The fire spread extremely fast due to the strong winds. Fire surrounded their valley destroying everything in its path.

No fire-fighters came, there were 500+ fires raging throughout central Portugal. Shiveshvar along with other residents used buckets and water tanks to try and slow the fierce fires. It was terrifying how fast the fires spread. There was a moment when they, and many within the community, feared for their lives.

Supriya, Shiveshvar and the kids were lucky to escape but they have lost their home and all their belongings. The home they had spent the last 4 years building was raised to the ground. Absolutely nothing was spared. Nothing.

Many others in the region also lost homes, lives have been lost and our thoughts are with them and their families.

This is a community they love and the family are determined to rise from the ashes stronger and wiser, but they need our help.

This is a fundraising page for our dear friends. The money we raise together will assist them with their recovery and the rebuilding of their home.

They need £25,000 to rebuild the house (this time in stone!) and kit it out with the basic living necessities like mattresses, a cooker, tables and other necessities.

Please help us to pull together and rebuild their lives. Just £25 from 1000 people, or £100 from 250 people would get this wonderful family’s lives back on track.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 1, 2017

Posted on November 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am blown away. We have already reached 60% of our fundraising appeal in just over a week. 

Words cannot express how grateful we are for all your love and support. We feel held and a lot more positive about our future. 

A friend from Benfeita has made this heart rendering video of the destruction around our area. We are on it together with many friends who also lost their homes. In fact Shyamalii and Narayan feature quite a lot . . . 

Link to video: 

https://vimeo.com/240797617 

Please share it with your contacts together with our appeal to help encourage others to give. I know we can do it with all your help.
With deep gratitude for all that you have done already.

Supriya, Shiveshvar, Shyamalii and Narayan xxxx

P.S. The photo here was what I saw when I woke up yesterday morning. I was feeling very grateful for being alive and having my munchkins close to me to make my heart smile


Posted on October 26, 2017

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Posted on October 26, 2017

Dear friends, 

We've reached 25% of our goal within a few days. We can't believe it! We are so grateful and amazed by all your support. Please carry on sharing our appeal with all your contacts, especially those that know us personally, to keep the momentum going. 

The kids have been my pillar of strength in the last days especially since Shiv when back to the UK. This photo was taken last night after they picked up a new toy and discovered how fun it was to free wheel down the hill together. It's there positivity and resilience that makes me sure we can achieve our goal and get ourselves back on track. 

With deep gratitude and love 🙏

Supriya xx


Posted on October 26, 2017

UpdateImage

Posted on October 26, 2017

Dear friends, 

We've reached 25% of our goal within a few days. We can't believe it! We are so grateful and amazed by all your support. Please carry on sharing our appeal with all your contacts, especially those that know us personally, to keep the momentum going. 

The kids have been my pillar of strength in the last days especially since Shiv when back to the UK. This photo was taken last night after they picked up a new toy and discovered how fun it was to free wheel down the hill together. It's there positivity and resilience that makes me sure we can achieve our goal and get ourselves back on track. 

With deep gratitude and love 🙏

Supriya xx

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