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ISKCON South Africa and Food for Life Rushes Aid to Tornado Victims
By Atma Tattva Das, ISKCON News Staff Writer   |  Jun 06, 2024

Gomatila Dasa and his Food for Life team distributing prasada in affected area.

A tornado has caused significant damage in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, resulting in the loss of eleven lives and injuries to more than 50 people. The town of Tongaat was one of the most affected areas, with numerous homes suffering extensive destruction.  In response to the disaster, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) South Africa and its charitable organization, Food For Life (FFL), promptly launched relief efforts to assist the affected residents.

One day after the destructive storm, volunteers from ISKCON, led by Gomatila and supported by the FFL South Africa team, commenced the distribution of prasad to the survivors. Bhakti Caitanya Swami, ISKCON GBC of South Africa, took part in the food distribution, providing wisdom, encouragement, and support to the volunteers and recipients.

Bhakti Chaitanya Swami serving prasadam with other volunteers at the tornado ravaged Tongaat – KZN.

Krsangi Radhe Dasi, ISKCON South Africa’s communications officer, reported that Food For Life South Africa established operations at Fairbreeze Secondary School in Tongaat. With the help of donors and volunteers, they provided hot, nutritious meals to those in need. The school’s principal, Crystal Pillay, expressed deep gratitude, saying, “I’m just so blessed that Food For Life got here. I feel truly blessed that you are here.”

Food For Life South Africa is actively seeking donations and volunteer assistance to continue its relief efforts. For more information or to contribute, please visit their website or email  A special thanks to Smita Krishna Das for providing photos at the scene of relief efforts.

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