£1,260raised of £20,000 target by 37 supporters

Weʼre raising £20,000 to help Zoe and her boys rebuild from the ashes after losing their home and everything they own to the devastating Portuguese forest fires.

Benfeita, Arganil, Portugal

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Our dear friends Zoe and her three amazing boys Phoenix, Oshun and Eden, have very sadly lost everything they own in the latest devastating forest fires in central Portugal.

The fire swept through the property and their whole home has been burnt to ashes, along with all their precious belongings that they didn't have a chance to rescue. The devastation is spread throughout the area, and so many other people have lost so much to the blaze.

 You can watch the story from the valley in the video below (which shows Zoe and the boys, as well as many of the others in the community who have lost so much).

We are so thankful and happy that Zoe and the boys are safe, have the support of an amazing community, and are staying with family and friends for now, but they need our help for the next step of rebuilding their home and life in the valley.

We would love to raise as much as possible to help them with this next phase of their journey. To rebuild their home, replace their solar energy, water and heating sources, to purchase a new laptop, furniture, clothing, education and study materials for the boys, tools to help rebuild the house and replant the land, trees and plants, materials/supplies/equipment for Zoe's natural remedy and healing business, and many other important lost belongings.

So much hard work and love over the years had gone into building their beautiful off grid eco home and creating a special space of land in this peaceful valley - the collective efforts, help and inspiration of Zoe and the boys and of their friends, family, community and volunteers (such as myself and boyfriend Alex who stayed, shared and volunteered with Zoe for a couple of months over this summer). It is a special space, and with your help, we know that it will rise from the ashes even better than before.

Please give whatever you feel you can - every little donation, no matter how small, will be incredibly appreciated by this beautiful family.

Thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts,

Gabby & Alex

"When whole forests burn in you
 leaving only ashes and ghosts, 
remember that you have grown 
deep roots to heal back from"
- Jinan Safko

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  • Gabrielle Smith5 days ago
    Gabrielle Smith

    Gabrielle Smith

    5 days ago

    From Zoe: "We had a beautiful, heartwarming and hardworking day with our community to clean our property from the rubble, metal, plastic and mess. It was so touching and still is, to feel the love and good intentions from others willing to help us through this challenging period. The small steps toward the rebuild were boosted enormously and I'm deeply grateful for all the support. I have moments of strength and moments of overwhelm and the encouragement from you all is received with much gratitude. For every wish, prayer and gesture, thankyou!

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  • Gabrielle Smith8 days ago
    Gabrielle Smith

    Gabrielle Smith

    8 days ago
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  • Gabrielle Smith14 days ago
    Gabrielle Smith

    Gabrielle Smith

    14 days ago

    This video was made for the people of Benfeita, a valley in Central Portugal where 22 families, including Zoe and her boys, lost their home and land. Their spirit however remains untouched. They're not thinking of leaving but are more determined and positive then ever to rebuild their homes, restore their lands and reforest the area into a green, biodiverse and vibrant community! The good news is that you can help them by supporting and sharing their cause. Keep up the good work people!

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1 month ago

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  • Caroline


    Nov 14, 2017

    Wish I could send more x


  • Poppy Manley

    Poppy Manley

    Nov 13, 2017

    All good wishes to rebuild and renew. Love.


  • Hannah Sassoon

    Hannah Sassoon

    Nov 13, 2017

    So sad ...we must help each other, it is time to pull together & build community; time to stop the EU telling Portugal to plant Eucalyptus too


  • Minna Seppala

    Minna Seppala

    Nov 13, 2017

    So much love to you, wish I could do more beautiful sister xxx


  • Amanda  Tyson

    Amanda Tyson

    Nov 12, 2017

    It will come back. People will help. All good wishes.


  • Louise To

    Louise To

    Nov 12, 2017

    I know from TRacy what an amazing community you all have and make together. I hope you raise enough to rebuild your lives. Thoughts are with you all xx.


  • Victoria Dufour

    Victoria Dufour

    Nov 10, 2017

    I do hope that this event will strengthen your community and find the resources to start again your life in Portugal.

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Gabrielle Smith

Gabrielle Smith

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Benfeita, Arganil, Portugal

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