Heal Our Land (HOLi) is a registered non-profit organization based in South Africa. It emerged in the aftermath of the July 2021 arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, which sparked widespread civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. These protests compounded existing economic strains from COVID-19, leading to rioting and looting, resulting in numerous casualties and arrests.
HOLi was born from the Kwa-Zulu Natal riots, recognizing the pressing need for coordinated disaster prevention and relief efforts. We unite civil society, bridging connections among organizations, individuals, and entities with a shared mission to develop sustainable solutions for societal issues.
In many cases, well-intentioned aid initiatives lack coordination, leading to inefficiencies like high overhead costs, needless logistics spending, and redundant relief efforts in specific regions. HOLi addresses these challenges by organizing suppliers (wholesalers, farmers, manufacturers, non-profits) and logistics to provide sustainable, effective relief to areas in need.
The South African police took former President Jacob Zuma into custody for contempt of court on 7 July 2021. Zuma’s arrest sparked nine days of civil unrest in South Africa’s provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, from 9 to 18 July. The sociopolitical instability these protests created, against the backdrop of exacerbated economic stresses caused by COVID-19 created an opportunity for groups protesting broader social ills to join the fray. The protests degenerated into rioting and looting, resulting in 342 deaths and 3,407 arrests. These nine days of unrest were the most violent in South Africa.
To address this need, Heal Our Land has brought together 20 ambassadors who were instrumental in the disaster response, and are experts in the area of disaster relief. Thes consensus between them is that South Africa needs systems for disaster response, as well as proactive disaster prevention. Heal Our Land believes that resilient communities are foundational to disaster prevention.
Together, we can heal our land and build a brighter future. Whether you choose to donate, volunteer your time, or spread awareness, every contribution makes a significant difference in the lives of those affected by disasters.
There is a need for ‘COMMUNITY RESILIENCE’ and a national alignment of established organisations, NGO’s and people who have been operating in this space so that accurate and measurable results can be reported to secure sustainable funding.
Disaster Response: The Heal Our Land initiative is committed to promptly addressing disasters by leveraging our expansive network of community-based partners who share our vision. In order to enable swift resource mobilization during crises, it’s essential to have proactive relief funding in place to effectively manage the situation’s impact.
During disaster events, the Heal Our Land Initiative takes a comprehensive approach. This involves coordinating the distribution of critical resources such as financial grants, emergency food provisions, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) kits, enhancing community security measures, improving housing infrastructure, providing essential appliances, and offering vital psychosocial support, among other interventions.
To ensure an organized response, we employ a well-defined Standard Operating Procedure and a Needs Mapping Tool. We also collaborate with Ambassadors and heed government directives to comprehensively analyze and understand the specific assistance required at that precise moment. This multi-faceted approach allows us to effectively provide aid where it is most needed.
Develop and implement a strategic-operational framework for community safety nationwide. To train communities and community members in safety and security and how to respond when disasters strike.
We facilitated a process for 3 857 people were housed in Mozambique were housed inside the church and provided with meals.
Turkey Earthquake and Supplied medical equipment and medicine, blankets, hygiene products, food and water.
We invite you to be a part of this journey with us. Whether you’re an individual looking to make a difference, an organization seeking meaningful partnerships, or a community longing for positive change, there’s a place for you within Heal Our Land. Together, we can rewrite the narrative of South Africa, one chapter of unity, healing, and collaboration at a time.
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I lost my entire business, during the KZN looting in July 2021. As the only income earner and a small business, this was not only detrimental to my business but affected her entire family and their livelihood…
Our initial meeting with HOLi has developed in a trust relationship which is based on making time to share vision, talk strategy, what worked and what didn’t in specific incidents..