Cyclone Idai—the devastating storm that hit south-eastern Africa over three months ago—may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN.

A young family living in Malawi lost everything in the wake of Cyclone Idai. Photo: ACT Alliance

When Cyclone Idai made landfall on March 14, houses and roads were submerged, and schools, crops and livelihoods destroyed. Cyclone Idai caused over 1,000 deaths and impacted almost three million people across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Together, we are responding to meet needs for survival in parts of Malawi and Mozambique.

In Malawi, PWS&D is supporting local partners in collaboration with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to deliver emergency food assistance—monthly packages of maize, beans and oil—to 10,000 people.

ACT members were among the first agencies to bring relief supplies to villages in Nhamatanda District in Mozambique. Photo: ACT Alliance

Crop loss and displacement have left thousands of children facing severe hunger. About 500 families with children under the age of five are receiving packages of Likuni Phala—a nutrient-rich porridge which is critical to help restore the well-being of malnourished children.

Seeds to plant maize, sweet potatoes and other vegetables will be provided to 800 households, so that in the coming months, communities will once again be able to meet their food needs.

Along with generous Presbyterian contributions, this project is undertaken with funds raised through the Humanitarian Coalition’s Cyclone Idai appeal and with support from the Government of Canada.

Rising water levels damaged about 4,000 toilets in communities surrounding the Mulanje Mission Hospital (MMH) in southern Malawi. The loss of toilets in a flood zone is an urgent health priority—when proper sanitation facilities are no longer available, the risk of waterborne disease rises quickly.

PWS&D is working with partners at MMH to rebuild 525 latrines, which will benefit 2,625 families in the hardest hit areas. In the same region, PWS&D is also helping reconstruct two houses for orphans that collapsed in the deluge.

In Mozambique, PWS&D is supporting a response through the ACT Alliance targeting 29,256 families in cyclone-affected zones, delivering food, safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services, shelter and psychosocial and livelihoods support.

As many schools were destroyed by the deluge, partners will help with education infrastructure rehabilitation and support to teachers.

Learn how this support will benefit Amelia Tausene and her three children in Buzi District, Mozambique.

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Your gift will be used to provide life-saving assistance.

You can make a donation 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.”