We have been working with care so that with integrity, we can make an appeal.
We are liaising with Sean Mullens who is based in Harare. He is someone who we know and trust, has a well proven track record and is well known in Zimbabwe. He is helping lead the relief effort into the Chimanimani region, one of the areas worst affected by the cyclone. Sean is working with Jacque Rowe Anderson who leads Miracle Missions in Zimbabwe and is also Head of Operations for Relief Efforts from Harare. The receipt of all funds we send will be verifiable, the use of them transparent and fully accounted for.
We know that the needs caused by this cyclone are not going to have been met just because the story has dropped off the current news cycle. There is a clear stage of immediate help and rescue that takes place after such an event, but the ongoing process of rebuilding and development will probably continue for several years. Sean has suggested in his discussions with us that SALT’s role in providing a proper charitable framework for them to partner with in the UK will be important in this ongoing process, not just in the facilitation for people to give to the initial relief effort.
Massive torrents of water, mud slides and rivers of debris have smashed through whole communities. Devastating levels of damage have occurred. Many houses and buildings have completely disappeared, as have large areas of crops. Significant sections of many roads have been washed away, in some cases cutting off the communities that are affected.
At least 300 people are feared dead in Chimanimani and Chipinge. The number of others missing is over 200 and thousands have been left homeless.
Some of the items and equipment in Harare for distribution to affected people and communities.
(All photos are used with the kind permission of Miracle Missions)
If you would prefer to give by BACS, SALT’s bank details are:
Sort code: 08 92 99
Account number: 65808771
Please use the reference: CIZ then your name.
If you would like an acknowledgement, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org informing us of your donation.
Or click the MyDonate button to donate through SALT to Cyclone Idai – Zimbabwe.
See the news report from the village of Kopa in Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani District.