£1,458raised of £20,000 target by 44 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 Smith1 month ago
    Gabrielle Smith

    Gabrielle Smith

    1 month ago

    Thank-you so much everyone for your continued support, and for all the recent donations that have come through. We would love to be able to raise more for Zoe and the boys in the lead up to Christmas, so please keep sharing the cause and if you have any spare change (perhaps one less Christmas drink!), it would be so great if you could share some festive spirit with this lovely family x

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  • Gabrielle Smith2 months ago
    Gabrielle Smith

    Gabrielle Smith

    2 months 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 Smith3 months ago
    Gabrielle Smith

    Gabrielle Smith

    3 months ago
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3 months ago

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  • Robert West

    Robert West

    Dec 16, 2017

    Really shocked by what happened to you guys and also to Kin and Beth. I know the effort (and love) it takes to build a house so sending you strength and support. xx


  • Gabby Smith

    Gabby Smith

    Dec 11, 2017

    Love always coming your way guys, never far from our thoughts - our family on the other side of the world. Sending the biggest, squeezy hugs from Alex and I xx


  • Niall Turner

    Niall Turner

    Nov 28, 2017


  • Green


    Nov 24, 2017

    Wishing you all loads of love and luck in this next chapter Xx


  • Rowan Fae

    Rowan Fae

    Nov 24, 2017

    Lots of Love Zoe and family and community xxx


  • Sally


    Nov 22, 2017


  • Melissa Wareing

    Melissa Wareing

    Nov 20, 2017


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Benfeita, Arganil, Portugal

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