Southern Africa Devastation: Cyclone Idai

We are accepting donations to help Mission & Service partners provide relief to those affected by Cyclone Idai

Thanks to your generosity, as of September, 2019 the Cyclone Idai appeal has received over $205,000 to support Mission & Service partners who are responding to this crisis in Southern Africa.

Cyclone Idai devastation
A woman regards the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.
Josh Estey/CARE

Cyclone Idai swept through Southern Africa in March 2019, leaving terrible disaster in its wake. Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi are in immediate need of food, water, and shelter. At least 830 people have been reported killed by the storm, and a cholera epidemic is feared. With more than 120,000 people displaced, Idai is one of the worst weather-related crises to ever affect the African continent.

Logo: ACT AllianceUnited Church Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance, together with local partners, are working on the ground to provide immediate assistance and ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are met. The infographic available under Downloads, below outlines priorities areas of need for ACT’s response.

Many United Church people have also generously given to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which is helping provide emergency food relief in Malawi.

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Online via our secure donation page.

Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Cyclone Idai" on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church's Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

Please pray for those impacted by Cyclone Idai and give to emergency relief efforts. A bulletin insert and a slide are available under Downloads, below.

Published on: 
June 20, 2019
Last updated: 
January 28, 2020
United Church partners offer relief for the over three million people affected by the cyclone's devastation.
Last updated: 
September 5, 2019

Just a few weeks ago Cyclone Idai hit Southern Africa, causing catastrophic damage and leaving pain and devastation in its wake. Idai is one of the worst tropical cyclones ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, and it is estimated that over 2.5 million people in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe have been affected. The death toll is now more than 1,000 and expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue for the thousands still missing. Countless more have...

Last updated: 
February 21, 2020

A prayer in response to Cyclone Idai by the Right Rev. Richard Bott.


Image icon Cyclone Idai Appeal Slide2.04 MB
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