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Response to cyclone in Southern Africa
On 4 March 2019, the worst tropical cyclone that Southern Africa has seen devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving hundreds dead and many more without homes, food, healthcare and basic infrastructure.
The worst affected areas are the Diocese of Lebombo, Mozambique, the Diocese of Southern Malawi, Malawi, and the Dioceses of Manicaland and Masvingo, Zimbabwe.
Mothers’ Union members and churches in the affected areas and across the Provinces of Central and Southern Africa are mobilising to provide support and assistance to those in need and doing so in collaboration with the countries’ centrally organised relief efforts to ensure all and any response provided is effective and helps those most in need. ‘From all corners mothers are mobilising resources towards cyclone victims’ (Diocese of Manicaland). Churches have been gathering to pray, assess what can be done, and offer support to those affected. They are responding to the need for those with counselling skills to come forward and assist families, mothers and children who are experiencing loss and trauma. Please unite with the affected dioceses through prayers.
The UK Government has sent over £20million of aid to the affected countries and experienced disaster response agencies such as UNICEF, OXFAM and the International Red Cross are addressing the immediate crisis in collaboration with each country’s government. It is essential any response to disaster of this kind is coordinated and managed by experts to ensure as many lives are protected. After the initial emergency response has ended the communities will then need to reflect and rebuild their lives; Mothers’ Union is ideally placed to support this, not only through longer term recovery planning but also through disaster preparedness, building on our existing relationships and the strengths of local communities to try and ensure when disasters like this hit again the communities are more able and prepared to act.
How can I help?
Presently we ask you to join in prayer with us for all those affected by the cyclone. Pray with us here.