Cyclone Idai Donation

Cyclone Idai Donation

From Heather May

At the end of September, I will be volunteering in a 3 day medical mission in the Chipinge and Chimanimani region of Zimbabwe. Please help us raise money for the basics medical supplies needed.

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In March 2019, Cyclone Idai destroyed Zimbabwe farms, further deepening the food crisis. Farmers in the worst-affected villages of Chipinge and Chimanimani (more than 500 km southeast of the capital, Harare) said Cyclone Idai tore through the region on the eve of harvest, wiping out an already poor crop hit by an El Nino-induced drought.

The United Nations described Cyclone Idai as "one of the worst weather-related catastrophes in the history of Africa"! The cyclone made landfall in Mozambique on March 14, before slamming into Zimbabwe and Malawi. Nearly 500 people have been killed and more than 600,000 displaced in hard-hit Mozambique. Malawi has reported 60 deaths.

In Zimbabwe, the storm has killed at least 185 people and left 270,000 in urgent need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). In February, a month before the destructive storm, the UN said more than one million people in Zimbabwe were "facing emergency levels of food insecurity" because of drought early in the year and the country's prolonged economic crisis.

Our group will be providing medical care such as wound care, antibiotics for infections, and refill medications. As our union expands its reach globally, we are also expanding the services we provide.

Please help us raise money for the basics medical supplies needed. Each volunteer pays for their own flight, accommodations, and use their personal time to participate. The money raised is solely used for medications and supplies. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated!

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