Hundreds of thousands are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance after Cyclone Idai made landfall in southern Africa on March 14. Widespread damage in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe has left many displaced and in need of food, shelter and water and sanitation services.

The number of people in need continues to rise. Please continue to keep the people and communities affected by the cyclone in your prayers.

ACT members in Malawi have distributed tents and food to thousands of affected people in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
Photo: NCA

In Malawi, many districts in the south have been severely impacted, leaving damaged infrastructure and limited access to electricity and water supplies. Water sources have been contaminated and water-borne diseases, as well as cholera and malaria outbreaks, are posing serious health risks.

PWS&D is in close contact with partners in the affected area who are monitoring the situation and coordinating a response. PWS&D will continue to work with local communities to assess damage and meet the most immediate needs.

ACT Alliance members have identified food security, nutrition, psychosocial support, and water and sanitation as the priority areas of need.

International Ministries staff, the Rev. Dr. Blair and Vivian Bertrand, are serving in southern Malawi and providing updates on the situation.

PWS&D is accepting donations to help bring relief to those suffering in the wake of the cyclone.



You can make a donation to PWS&D through your church, mail a cheque to the office, donate online or call 1-800-619-7301 x 291. Please mark donations as “Cyclone Idai.”

In collaboration with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWS&D is participating in the Humanitarian Coalition Cyclone Idai appeal.

What is the Humanitarian Coalition?

The Humanitarian Coalition is a collaboration of ten leading aid organizations, including Canadian Foodgrains Bank, that come together to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to donate during international humanitarian disasters. Humanitarian members are all reputable registered charities in good standing with the government and their donors who work together to raise funds in order to reduce costs so that donor dollars are well-spent and the money goes to where it is needed most.

To learn more about PWS&D’s membership in the Humanitarian Coalition through Canadian Foodgrains Bank, click here.