lost all to fire (CAD)

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Raised by 248 people in 14 days
Created May 8, 2019
I have had heartbreaking news today and I'm positively devastated. Those who know me well, know the unbreakable bond I have with my grandparents, both of whom I've lost in recent years and it is still something that profoundly affects me on a regular basis. Losing them was like losing the very air I breathe.

Today, we lost their house. As fire ravaged the vestiges of my most cherished and happiest memories of what was always the central grounding point of my soul, I can hardly breathe...the air is gone again. Losing that house, was like losing them all over again.

The Wilmot family homestead is gone and very important people in my life are left technically homeless having lost all possessions.We were very lucky that no one was hurt in this incident. 

My family home is also the home of the Jamnesia Surf Camp.  The birthplace of surfing in Jamaica and home to The Wilmot family of surfers. My Uncle and Aunt have lost everything, My cousin who also lived in the upper portion of the house with his wife and three young kids have lost everything. 

they have opened their home to surfers internationally, and various artists. Music and the spoken word has a place. The family has been a driving force in the neighbourhood. This house was built by my grandparents, who were canadians who have left a historical legacy on the island which my uncle and his family has been carrying on.  you can see information on the following links below, or by searching google to see their contributions to empowering women, giving a home to surfing, working with their community. 

We need you help to rebuild their home.  clothes are needed for the family and the kids, anything you can do to help would be amazing. Donations are in Canadian funds.









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Thank you! Thank you all. The other day a friend (family) visited the compound. Before she left she told me that "...you may not know it but your family is bigger than the people related to you by blood". She wanted me to post on social media, so everyone can be informed of what is being done and the next steps.


UPDATE - immediately, following the fire we focused on SURVIVING and shelter for the seven displaced members. Your support and thoughtful response to our varied needs included, hugs, words of love, clothes, shoes, children's books, toys, food, and cash and, building material, sweat equity, moral support and more.

Then - cleaning up, saving any artifacts we could find, removing the rubble, replacing documents.

Then - Considerationstions for shelter for 7 persons. Ishack, Olivia and the Kids are at Olivia's parents. Billy and I are staying Ivah's room while he is abroad (he has extended his stay to enable us more time).
On the weekend - We began converting the hammock shed into a dwelling for Billy and me. We framed structure (thanks Food for the Poor, thanks Coleen for sending a carpenter, and Asher for donating ply ). I was going to use zinc for the sides until Asher turned up with ply board. With 2 carpenters we put up plyboard walls, Another crew, cleaned, treated and grouted the floor.
Then this week - Began installation of windows. Began foundation for an adjoining shower and laundry area. Installed roof capping.
Today: A day lobourer is coming to backfill the foundation built yesterday. We will salvage 2 pairs of louver blades and some wooden blades from what was the bedroom for Billy and me.
The present needs:
3 second hand exterior doors ( two 32" x 80" and one ,36" x80")

Ishack Wilmot and Olivia Wilmot want us to focus on the rebuilding. They can stay where they are for the present.

My next update will be on the visit of the structural engineers and architects over the weekend.

~Maggie Wilmot
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The structural engineer has approved the remaining structure for restoration. funds are still badly needed as we are considerably short of the goal. volunteer carpenters and stone masons have constructed a temporary structure for Billy and Maggie. I will continue to posts updates as they come in.
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Thanks, everyone who has helped so far. Many have expressed their admiration and have shared how we have touched their lives. We were just being who we are doing things for the love of our family, our friends, our country and humanity. The love that has been shared has been amazing. You have all touched us and we are profoundly grateful. Learning to receive has been a great lesson about humility, thankfulness, faith, hope, charity, and love.

Maggie Wilmot.❤
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Just giving thanks to God that the worst case scenario didn't happen. Disasters happen all the time. There are so many other families across Jamaica that have also had experience of fire engulfing their homes and destroying possessions. Thank you, Lord, for our blessed mango tree that was the main fire break and for family and friends who while the fire blazed kept the vigil and kept wetting the tree and the roof of my daughter's apartment. Had the fire spread to her roof then it would have raced through the whole compound. The water carried by the firefighters was barely sufficient to contain the fire in my home which housed seven of us. When the water in the fire truck first finished my room downs stairs had not caught fire as yet. The people wanted to go into the burning building but with a wooden floor blazing upstairs and the blazing supporting wooden beams holding up the upstairs floor, and fire falling through the burning floor to the ground floor and melted aluminum zinc pouring to the ground made that risky. The firefighters wisely prevented the heroes and heroines from risking their lives.

In the middle of it all, I stood praying and beseeching God to contain the fire in the burning building, and prevent the worst case scenario. We had to let go of all the material things we were loosing. We had to embrace each other and give thanks. God answered our prayers. The fire brigade returned in time with water and prevented the spread to the apartment under the mango tree.

Telling my son he had lost all his material possessions was hard but made easier by being able to start the conversation by saying "The children are alright..."

~Maggie Wilmot
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Raised by 248 people in 14 days
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