Please support Mission Direct’s appeal to help our partners tackling the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.
The cyclone hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on 15th March. It is the worst recorded tropical cyclone in sub-Saharan Africa and has affected over 2.6 million people. Winds reached 175 km/h, devastating large areas of land. People, property and crops have been washed away by rock falls, mud slides and significant flooding.
Many already vulnerable groups are even more exposed, including child headed families and the elderly. Thousands of people have been made homeless and are now hungry.
Granny Francesca is an example of one of these people. She has no living relatives and lives in an informal dwelling that, although still standing, does not shelter her from the weather. Her clothes and bedding remain wet.
Mission Direct send mission teams to Manicaland in Eastern Zimbabwe to build school classrooms and to participate in community outreach programmes to the most needy. One of these teams had only just finished their projects the day before the cyclone arrived. We desperately want to provide assistance to the people and communities in which we have served.
Who and what?
Mission Direct believe in supporting local organisations who know the local needs best and who have the trust of their communities. Our main partner in Zimbabwe is the United Baptist Church who are particularly concentrated in Eastern Zimbabwe. They are on the ground providing emergency assistance and have well established infrastructure and capacity to coordinate activities across the whole region.
They have a working response plan that considers immediate to long-term aspects of this crisis. Their immediate plan is to provide food, medication, blankets, clothing, sanitary wear and assistance with burying the dead. This is to be closely followed by temporary housing and counselling services while continuing to provide basic needs. Longer term they will support more permanent rebuilding, crop and livestock resuscitation, and income generation. Long after the TV cameras have left and many western charities will have returned home, our partners will continue to serve these communities.
We urge you to please support our Zimbabwean partners as they meet the needs on the ground. Thank you!
Wil Horwood, CEO