The organization SEEDS is at a loss after a building on Bústadablettur in Reykjavík, near Bústadarkirkja church, where its volunteers from abroad were going to stay, was set aflame on Sunday evening. Three teenage boys have confessed to the arson, visir.is reports.
SEEDS volunteers at work, cleaning up ash after the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Meir Kfir. Courtesy of SEEDS.
SEEDS works on various environmental projects across the country with the aid of volunteers in cooperation with municipalities and social organizations.
“There is considerable damage and I don’t know what to think or do. Now we have to figure out where our volunteers are supposed to live. Therefore we’d like to ask everyone who has temporary accommodation, just for sleeping bags or whatever, to contact us,” SEEDS project manager, Anna Lúdvíksdóttir, told Fréttabladidsaid (click here for the organization’s contact information).
The house, which is owned by Reykjavík City, was severely damaged in the fire. There was no one inside at the time, but firefighters still entered the house to make sure it was empty.
SEEDS has worked on environmental projects in Iceland since 2005. Last year 800 volunteers came to the country on its behalf and worked on 80 different projects, including ash cleanup in the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption zone.