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.