As many are aware, over 2 million people have now been affected by Cyclone Idai and its aftermath in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. As part of the response to this crisis, ALI Fellow, Roger Dickinson is part of a coordinating team looking to work with stakeholders to respond appropriately and with a medium to long term view. We are currently working with the South African Council of Churches, Hope worldwide, World Vision, World Food Programme, corporate donors, the Malawian embassy and others.
We already have a 40-foot container truck available in Johannesburg that can transport food to either Maputo or directly to Beira. We are waiting on some funding to purchase food packs for families. We have received the required food parcel list from our team in Maputo which will form the basis for the food packs. We have also received 200 water filters for Beira.
We are looking at mechanisms to expand this arrangement to Zimbabwe and Malawi. Support needed includes:
1. Financial support for food packs and water filters;
2. Assistance with connections to high-level government officials in the three countries to ensure the response forms part of the National response; and
3. Input and support on medium to longer term responses to the areas once the immediate crisis has been handled.
Should you wish to help this initiative, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.