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Helping the Killabakh Community after the Bushfires

In Northern NSW, as in many parts of Australia right now, families are facing devastation that is beyond comprehension as a result of the bushfires. Bushfires have burnt more than 8 million hectares of land, over 2,000 homes have been destroyed and at least 25 people have lost their lives across the nation.

One town in Northern NSW, Killabakh, had bushfires that have now dissipated but the task of rebuilding homes and lives has only just begun. Over 40 Samaritan’s Purse volunteers joined together there to work on multiple properties that had been impacted by the fires in the region in December. The volunteers worked in sweltering heat, using chainsaws to chop up fallen trees, removing sheet metal from homes, shovelling ash, and more.

Volunteers clearing properties in Killabakh that were destroyed by the bushfires.

On one property, Samaritan’s Purse volunteers shovelled the ash of what was once a man’s home. He had been living alone and he was still very emotional as he shared that he had just lost the home that he had built with his own hands and raised his daughter in. Our volunteers were caring and supportive as they worked with him to help him come to terms with the loss.

Emotions are raw and property owners are overwhelmed by the task of rebuilding after the bushfires.  The clean up effort for people living on these large properties seems endless. As homeowners deal with destroyed buildings, melted vehicles, fallen trees, dirty water tanks, and broken fences, they can quickly feel overwhelmed.

Samaritan’ Purse’s volunteers helped clear the property of another homeowner who also lost her home. She shared, “we had no idea where to start…there are no words that describes the gratitude and comfort of knowing that we don’t have to do this on our own…this is the start for us…now that this is done we can start to see a bit of light that will encourage us to keep going.”

Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to respond to the unprecedented bushfire disasters this year. Our desire is to help families get back on their feet, providing hope and helping in Jesus’ Name in the midst of this disaster.

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Watch the video below to see the impact of these fires on homeowners and how our amazing volunteers have been able to help.