Family Homes Destroyed in Flood

It's monsoon season in West Africa. Yesterday afternoon (July 21st), our family's compound in Brikama, The Gambia, was hit by a very unexpected and devastating flash flood caused by an unusally severe rainstorm.

Thankfully, this happened during the day. There were no serious physical injuries or deaths to people or livestock. However, subsistence crops and fruit-bearing trees have been destroyed, along with many purchased food items, such as large bags of rice that could not be saved in time. Some furniture, clothing and cooking equipment has also been damaged or was washed away.

Although our family's compound was the worst hit, there are actually 4-6 neighbouring compounds affected as well. Many people are affected and displaced, as each compound houses 20 to 40 people, many of whom are children.

At our family's compound, many of the cement walls have crumbled or have become very unstable, as the earth has been washed out from underneath. The roof has collapsed in several parts of the compound and the protective wall around the compound has also been destroyed in several places.  

Because of the instability of the damaged foundation and walls, the entire compound will need to be torn down and rebuilt. We are also waiting for more information about the neigbouring compounds, but it is likely that at least partial rebuilding will be necessary.

We are asking for $30,000 to help rebuild our family's home, as well as for the neighbours who have been affected. It will also be used for replacing necessary items and purchasing food.

Home insurance does not exist in The Gambia, and this freak event has devastated several families. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. 

Laura & Lamin Kassama


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Organizer and beneficiary

Laura Kassama 
Vancouver, BC
Lamin Kassama 
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