A teen who lost everything in a devastating fire that almost killed his grandmother says he has been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers who came  to his aid.


Nurdeen Joshua, 18, from Steenberg High was at school when his home went up in flames last month, destroying his study material, sports accolades and coursework.



Islamia College in Lansdowne and residents of the area heard about his plight and decided to extend a helping hand.


He was given several boxes of study guides, which covered every subject, and stationery – including calculators and books – so that Nurdeen and his 16-year-old sister, Nawaal, could continue with their studies.


A local dentist, Dr Husain Brey, dropped off some clothing and a cash donation for Nurdeen and his family early last week.


The Bellville Athletics Club donated clothes, because Nurdeen is Steenberg High’s star athlete.


Riedewaan Gafoor, one of his teachers said “The school waived his school fees for the year – R1 700 for him and his sister,” .


Nurdeen was overcome with emotion on receiving the much-needed help. He said: “I am overwhelmed by everybody’s generosity – especially the kindness of complete strangers. If only they can see how every cent or donation helped.


“It will take months before the council will fix our flat but in the meantime we are slowly rebuilding our lives in our temporary home. I am very grateful and can not thank people enough.”