Cyclone Idai causes loss of life and widespread destruction across Mozambique
Cyclone Idai devastated several regions in Mozambique when it made landfall on March 14th. Flooding in the country has caused loss of life and displacement. At this time, 602 people have been reported dead, with over 1,500 reported injured. About 1.85 million people have been impacted. Approximately 128,000 people are sheltering in 154 sites across the region and over one million children have been affected.
Donate now to help vulnerable children and their families affected by this crisis with life-saving essentials like food, hygiene kits and more. Your gift will also help establish safe spaces for children to meet their physical and emotional needs during this crisis.
While no Canadian sponsor-supported communities in Mozambique were directly impacted, World Vision is on the ground providing immediate assistance to those in need. This has to date included, but is not limited to, the distribution of 400 hygiene kits, 400 dignity kits, 800 cholera kits, and hot meals targeting 10,000 meals per day in the city of Beira.
Disasters of this magnitude are especially frightening and traumatic for children. World Vision is working to protect both their physical and psychosocial needs. To date, two child-friendly spaces have been opened in the affected areas. Children will also be at-risk of hunger, injury and death from the devastating floods. We are monitoring the situation and working with local communities to provide supplies to those impacted including non-food items to those families affected. We are also leveraging partnerships with various UN agencies, communities, donors and faith- and community-based organizations to respond to the crisis.
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In 2015, Mozambique was officially declared to be free of thousands of landmines left over from decades of war, meaning farmers can cultivate crops and graze livestock safely. World Vision supports children in Mozambique through agriculture associations where family farmers collaborate on buying seeds and marketing their crops. Goat rearing and fish farming are also ways for families to increase food supplies and earn income.
With one third of the population lacking access to safe water and almost half the population needing better sanitation, this is an area of investment for World Vision. Other priorities are the health and education of young children.