Kwadacha, BC {Fort Ware}

A week or so ago, one family living in two residences lost everything to a fire.  All of their belongings were burned in an instant.  Not only that, the father was badly burned in the fire and is now in the hospital undergoing treatment.

This family lives in Kwadacha, British Columbia, which is also known as Fort Ware.  Already struggling with food insecurity, this family now has nothing.

Enter Helping Our Northern Neighbours.  When it's founder, Jennifer Gwilliam, posted about this family on the Facebook page, I couldn't help but get involved.  And so I, along with you and the rest of the Welcome To The Zoo readers, are now co-sponsoring this family!

High food prices in Northern Canada make buying enough food to feed a family very challenging.  Buying food here in Southern Ontario and shipping it to Kwadacha is actually cheaper than buying it there.   I posted some price comparisons in this post and on this page.

Kwadacha is accessible by plane and by a logging road that requires passage heavy duty vehicles.  The Prince George Citizen printed this article about the remoteness of Kwadacha.

[caption id="attachment_7584" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Kwadacha/Fort Ware on Welcome To The Kwadacha is only accessible by air and by logging road. It is located north of Prince George, British Columbia.[/caption]


Our family consists of several members, but we'll be specifically sponsoring the Grandmother, the Father (who is in the hospital) and his 11 year old son.  The family also includes a Mother and 2 more children.

There are several groups and individuals providing for our sponsored family in the way of clothing, household items and other things.   We will be sending them a box of food once a month for a year.  The first box has already been sent, and will arrive in a week or two.  I've already got most of the food ready for our second box too, and I'll be sending that out at the beginning of March.  If you'd like to help with the cost of shipping, you can donate here.

[caption id="attachment_7583" align="aligncenter" width="563"]Kwadacha/Fort Ware - Kwadacha/Fort Ware is 23.5 hours north of Vancouver, BC.[/caption]

Here are the fundraising numbers so far:

Donations: $188

Food Costs for Shipment #1: $63.30

Shipping Costs: $113.24

Total Costs for Shipment #1 - $176.54

Remaining Balance: $11.46

Our second shipment will go out in 2 weeks at the beginning of March.  The food is bought and ready to go ($68.15 worth).

[caption id="attachment_7589" align="aligncenter" width="408"]Here's almost all of Shipment #2, ready to go!  (not everything is in this picture) Here's almost all of Shipment #2, ready to go! (not everything is in this picture)[/caption]

Assuming the shipping costs will be about the same, I'll need another $100 or so to cover it.  That's where you come in!

Would you consider donating $5 or $10 to help feed this family?  You can donate cash by email money transfer to or by Paypal or credit card by clicking the link below.


Every little bit helps!  I know our sponsored family will appreciate the help that they get as they start over and deal with their father's recovery.




  1. How great that you are helping that family. It sounds like they really need the help and I am sure they truly appreciate it.

  2. That's really good of you to post this to help a family in need. That's very kind to send a box a month for an entire year too! I've never been up there even though it's in my (well not really "my") province, I can't imaging how hard it is to get supplies to them!

  3. I love to read things about helping others. Thank you and good job!

  4. I am utterly amazed by your compassion. I will be praying for this family and for you. Thank you for sharing.

  5. How horrible. That is so amazing of you to help this family. I hope that they are able to get on their feet soon.

  6. I have never heard of this remote area of Canada. What a wonderful thing you are doing here, Megan...a perfect example of loving your neighbor.

  7. Kudos to you for jumping in when help is needed! I will be praying for them!

  8. Wow. I had no idea how remote is still is out there. Glad there is help

  9. That is so heartbreaking to hear they lost everything. I think it's wonderful that you're helping them and making a difference!

  10. I know how hard it is to deal with a fire. My parent's had a house fire a couple of years ago…and thankfully, no one was hurt. I just can't get over those shipping costs for this area.

  11. You are amazing to help like this. I cannot imagine losing my home in a fire- just such a painful idea of loss.

  12. That is so nice that you are helping them out and that others can help out too. Such a difficult thing to go through.

  13. I'm hoping the family can get everything they need. Shipping that food to them is super expensive, wow. how scary to go through that.


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