The United Church is grateful to all those who have continued to support relief efforts for the three million people affected by the devastation of tropical Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe in March 2019. Through the generous response of people of the United Church, over $192,000 has been raised to support Mission & Service partners who are still responding to the ongoing crisis.
Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance responded immediately by undertaking rescue operations, as well as providing food, temporary shelter, and medical and sanitation support to combat the spread of malaria, cholera, and other water-born diseases.
There is still a great need for basic supplies and rebuilding efforts. Since Idai destroyed buildings, roads, and crucial infrastructure, the distribution of basic supplies has been difficult. It is estimated that 400,000 people lost their homes; many of the most vulnerable still remain displaced and living in temporary tents.
In Zimbabwe, United Church partner the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) drew the United Church’s attention to the affects of this devastation. In one area, mudslides caused by the cyclone's heavy rains wiped out the dining hall and dormitories of a faith-based school. Seventeen students were buried in the landslide; of those, two students and one staff member lost their lives.
Please continue to pray for those impacted by Cyclone Idai and give to emergency relief efforts. With your gifts, United Church partners can continue to provide lifesaving support to those affected through food assistance, provision of shelter, psychosocial support, and other non-food items.