There are millions of people around the world looking for a means to make a livable income. COVID 19 has brought devastation to our communities. This pandemic is not the only disaster we have faced. Natural disasters by the huge hurricanes and storms that have recently reaped havoc for thousands of people who have lost their homes and all their possessions are heartbreaking. So many have to start over and feel hopeless.
We live in a country and continent where we don’t experience such ferocious weather. We look on as the other parts of the world brace themselves each year. Media warnings go out to evacuate homes and flee the onslaught of approaching weather. We see how earthquakes bring down buildings and cause tsunamis that kill and mane so many loved ones of unsuspecting families.
Our disasters may be small compared to other nations, yet we also have to deal with other unique hardships. During lock-down, I got a call to say that a couple who were from another country had their rented home burnt out within 15 minutes. The husband had left the house for 4 minutes. He turned around once he was at his friend’s house to see his belongings go up in flames. He ran to the house and pulled out his dining room suite, which was about to catch alight, then pulled out the small fridge that was blistering from the heat. He was able to rescue his hose pipe which he connected to an outside tap, then started to hose down the charred remains of all their possessions.
There were a limited number of shops open, but finances were tight for many of us. They did not have the luxury of insurance cover. We needed to act as fast as we could. We started phoning friends. Our church and other churches came to assist with food, clothes and, soon, most of the requirements on our list, were supplied.
With six of us working together, we scrubbed down the charred walls, applied a thin coat of plaster, painted the house out on the inside. My friend and I repaired the roof that had warped badly. Our electrician friend redid all the electrics, and now all the power points were back in good working order. People brought the furniture, a new bed, and more supplies. Our friend’s clothes and wedding suit burned to ashes, but by the end of the week, he had two suits which fitted him perfectly. So many items of clothing came in for his wife. We had to say “Please stop! They have enough.”
Looking back, we stand amazed at how the hearts of ordinary people were moved to assist some needy neighbours. In one week, the couple moved back into their revamped home, which brings me back to the title of this blog, The Bigger Picture. I have seen the heart of Compumatrix members, and we have some of the best of humanity. I believe that our members will not only think of themselves but also have open hearts to help others financially. “People helping people”, by giving a percentage out of our abundance to assist others with a start in life which they may never have had. I believe the unselfish team we have here will be a force to be reckoned with once we are earning and start helping our fellow man.
“The Bigger Picture. People helping people”.
Originally published by Hendrik Pretorius at https://www.compumatrix.ph on October 11, 2020.