Anglican Aid has committed to provide emergency assistance to Zimbabwe and Mozambique in the wake of what some are calling Southern Africa's worst natural disaster.
The cyclone made landfall in Beira, a major port city on Mozambique's Indian Ocean coast, on Friday 15th March. Some estimate that 90% of Beira is now underwater.
Many of our supporters will be familiar with our brothers, Tawanda Masango, Antony Dandato and Robinson Gezimati, who are engaged in university ministry and the Honeyworld bee-keeping enterprise. They are from the beautiful Rusito Valley in the eastern Zimbabwean highlands which was hit badly in the cyclone.
According to their report, “In one particular area, where the Rusitu and Nyahode rivers meet near Kopa Growth Point, an entire community was submerged on Friday night. Many have been left homeless and numerous others have either been confirmed dead or are still missing. Rusitu is well known for its juicy fruits but many of the crops, including vast fields of maize, have been destroyed, leaving many without food and the situation will only get worse with time.”
Through local ministres such as FOCUS Zimbabwe and Honeyworld, Anglican Aid is keen to help meet immediate needs like:
- Providing 100 food hampers for families in need
- Restoring community water supply to Ndowerani village
- Donating medicines and water treatment chemicals to Rusitu Hospital and Ndakopa Clinic
- Assisting 10 families to rebuild or repair their home
Further afield, Anglican Aid is hoping to provide assistance to affected parts of Mozambique through local bishops known to us through GAFCON.
Tawanda said, “While there are other bigger organisations seeking to mobilise and send help, the needs are varied and wide. Rusitu is still currently inaccessible due to damaged road infrastructure, and most of the available help is being channeled to accessible areas. Given the size of the catastrophe, there is ample space for various channels of help to work together towards alleviating this disaster.”
Pray for access to destroyed and isolated areas so that aid can reach them quickly and avoid further deaths from this disaster.
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Once emergency activities have ceased any excess funds will be used to assist long term development objectives in the country where the emergency occurred. Emergency funds are not retained for emergencies or activities elsewhere