Joint appeal for survivors of Cyclone Idai will ensure more aid to people caught in its deadly path

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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16 March 2019.I the village of Inhamizua the secondary school was used as an emergency shelter for local residents. Approximately 300 people had sought shelter in the school, but several of the school buildings were damaged during the Cyclone Idai as it made landfall along the Central Coast of Mozambique, generating winds of over 200kph and torrential rain. The storm victims recounted stories of losing everything and not knowing what was next. (General imagery of school, flood landed and people standing about) Photos by Josh Estey/CARE.

Our participation in this Humanitarian Coalition joint appeal means that we can be part of a coordinated effort to mobilize Canadians to respond to this disaster in a way that will have a greater impact than any one of us might have alone.

Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius (Photo: CARE/Josh Estey)

Help desperately needed for people affected by severe flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe

Over 2.6 million people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are in desperate need of humanitarian aid due to severe flooding related to Cyclone Idai. Many people have lost their lives. Roads, homes schools, and crops have been destroyed, leaving survivors in need of basic necessities.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is participating in the Humanitarian Coalition’s joint Cyclone Idai appeal, a united effort of leading Canadian aid agencies to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to help people in these three countries. The funds jointly raised will be programmed by the participating agencies.

The local church partners of several Foodgrains Bank member agencies were among the first to respond to the cyclone with the resources they have. The Foodgrains Bank’s share of funds raised through the joint appeal will be used to scale up the efforts of these church partners to provide desperately needed help in the coming days and months.

“In times of crisis, what matters most are the lives of the most vulnerable,” says Jim Cornelius, Foodgrains Bank executive director. “Our participation in this Humanitarian Coalition joint appeal means that we can be part of a coordinated effort to mobilize Canadians to respond to this disaster in a way that will have a greater impact than any one of us might have alone.”

“The Humanitarian Coalition is excited to welcome the Foodgrains Bank as part of our collective Canadian response to the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai,” says Richard Morgan, executive director of the Humanitarian Coalition.

“The Foodgrains Bank and its member churches have a long history of effective work globally, and they bring vitally important capacity and partnerships to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in this region. By working together, we can save more lives.”

The Humanitarian Coalition works together to reduce unnecessary fundraising competition, increase the impact of humanitarian responses, and reduce administrative costs.

The Humanitarian Coalition (HC) brings together ten leading aid organizations to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to help during large-scale humanitarian emergencies.

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