£2,065raised of £2,000 target by 73 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,000 to help get Quinta do Vale back on its feet!

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We have set up this page because we know our mum has spent almost every penny she has getting her beautiful Quinta to where it was.

She was ready to begin teaching all things self sufficient on it next year, thus bringing in an income after spending the last 7 years getting it to this point.

She has put her everything into her land, along with the help of many skilled friends to get it to where is it now.

To see her lose so much although amazingly not everything is devastating for us. If we had the money or resources we would fix everything for her in a heartbeat.

Here is mums account - "Two nights ago with the wind from the hurricane, the fires started up again. They came from two directions at the rim of the valleys and completely enclosed us. No way out. So we stayed. As the two fronts came to converge in Benfeita, we barricaded the children in the church while anyone who was able fought the fires in the streets. Several houses in the village burned. The whole of Central Portugal was burning. The bombeiros were stretched impossibly thin, so we fought the fire ourselves alongside the local people. Our two presidentes, incoming and outgoing, were unbelievable - constantly at the front line, back burning where they could, never stopping. We have no power, no phones, no internet, except at the very tops.

Some of us have lost everything. Some of us have lost some, but not all. Nobody is unaffected. The fires consumed everything.

At the quinta, I was able to water some areas down before we evacuated and set sprinklers on the yurt. Our exit was blocked by fire so I had to leave the car behind and we left on foot carrying the cats in baskets. The chickens and geese had to fend for themselves. At some hour of the night I sat in the village and watched the wee house burn. It and the geodome greenhouse are gone. The main building and the yurt survived unscathed. The cob bathroom is part burned where the woodstore next to it went up. Amazingly, the geese and chickens are OK and unbelievably the car survived with only slight melting of the rear lights and registration plate. Water lines are burned and electrical wiring melted but the solar equipment survived although some of the panels are toast. The entire landscape is black and smoking. Even after last night's rain, trees roots are still smouldering and the air is still smoky.

Last night we got together in the house of friends who's house and power system survived to charge phones and talk. One long-time resident, the first foreigners here, looked up from contemplating the total loss of everything he has, punched the air with his fist and said "We go on!" For me, that was the defining moment. We go on."

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  • Emma Mcdonald14 days ago
    Emma Mcdonald

    Emma Mcdonald

    14 days ago

    Here is a video featuring Wendy and friends also dealing with the aftermath of the fire damage.

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  • Emma Mcdonald18 days ago
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    Emma Mcdonald

    18 days ago

    The posts below are from mum, I'm limited to characters so have had to post them in segments! Em

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  • Emma Mcdonald18 days ago
    Emma Mcdonald

    Emma Mcdonald

    18 days ago

    This is the difficult time. Early determination to rebuild something better is still there, but in danger of being eclipsed by the sheer enormity of the work to be done. Well mostly redone. So many of us we're just reaching the completion stages of our projects. We're exhausted and no longer have the adrenaline to keep us fueled. But we will go on!

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  • Nat Topa

    Nat Topa

    Nov 12, 2017

    Wish I could do more! My very best wishes to Wendy and the team on the whole process of healing and building back stronger and more resilient. Lots of love from Kenya!


  • Katie Garner

    Katie Garner

    Nov 9, 2017

    So sorry to hear what happened, but I know this will be just a small blip in an amazing project!


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    Nov 8, 2017

  • Lisbeth Rose

    Lisbeth Rose

    Nov 6, 2017

    Never give up <3

  • Peter Goode

    Peter Goode

    Nov 5, 2017

    We have loved watching your Mother's efforts and hope to visit one day, we have a little bolthole in Mata Fajao and visit it when we can we came there just after the fire and saw it for ourselves.


  • Celia Leverton

    Celia Leverton

    Nov 5, 2017

    We go on. I wish I had this phrase after I lost my farm 4 years ago to a bush fire in Tasmania, Aus.I did go on and have rebuilt. I wish you vision, courage, love and heart and the energy to prevail.


  • Luísa Mano

    Luísa Mano

    Nov 1, 2017

    Never give up!


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