“The rain was coming down hard. We sat, soaking wet inside and waiting for our second hut to collapse around us.”
– Celeste, Matsinho Community, Mozambique.
African leader Busie Sityata-Jones, has been on the ground in Mozambique, in some of the communities hardest hit by Cyclone Idai. In the community of Matsinho, Busie visited Celeste and her two sons, Peter* and Lewis*. They lost both of their huts during the cyclone. The family were asleep inside when the first hut collapsed. They escaped to their second hunt which then collapsed around them hours later.
We have begun in Chimoio, Mozambique and Dedza, Malawi to address some of the most immediate challenges, through emergency repairs to homes, providing food security to the most vulnerable families, and ensuring healthcare reaches our children facing increased risk of malaria and other water-borne diseases.
As the situation continues to evolve on the ground, we are walking closely with our Care Workers, the local church, other aid organisations, and government services to help care for the needs of our children and their families and to assist them to rebuild from the current destruction.