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Posted On: 25th Jul 2018

Life From The Ashes

Ruvimbo lost everything when her flat burnt down
She has made a booklet
It encourages people to appreciate their surroundings.

When a fire gutted the flat Ruvimbo Munodawafa was living in she lost everything.


Now one year on, the 23-year-old wants people to understand and appreciate their surroundings.


She has designed a booklet to help people focus on what is important in life.


‘Before the fire I placed my worth on the possessions I owned,’ she said.


‘Losing everything allowed me to be in tune with myself. I saw the fire as a second chance in life.’


Ruvimbo was living in her Golders Green flat with her boyfriend when the fire struck at 7am. They were the only ones in the building but were thankfully woken by the screams of people outside.


‘We just left with the clothes on our backs; we lost everything,’ she said.


The psychology student, from Liverpool, explained the whole event left her feeling isolated, not knowing where to turn.


‘I felt pain and anger, but also a sense of relief,’ she said. ‘My experience in the fire was a way for me to help other people.’



The booklet Ruvimbo has created aims to make people realise their voice does mean something.



‘I hope it empowers and inspires people to develop themselves and not wait for tragic events to make them sit up and change.’

Author: Lucy Tatchell


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