Cyclone Idai Relief Fund
- By: Kenneth Schofield
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/cyclone-idai-relief-fund
_Update_The hotel is providing food and shelter to as many as it can possibly accommodate in rooms and common areas. The shock of events and total destruction of whole areas means it will be some time until new areas to live can be identified and built. Emergency supplies are starting to get in with 4x4 access being cleared but the road into Chimanimani will have to be rebuilt elsewhere as the current road has been destroyed in places. All assistance is enormously appreciated with organisation around immediate .. medium term and then the long hard road to rebuild." Mandla Mataure - General Manager, Chimanimani Hotel BBC article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47640336 _____________________________
Cyclone Idai has catastrophically damaged the Eastern Districts of Zimbabwe with the focus of the storm on Chimanimani and Chipinge.
As with all efforts to help, speed is of the essence and I ask all Zimbabweans around the world to help. Ask your friends - and their friends.
To start with, let’s focus on getting funds to The Chimanimani Hotel where they have opened their simple doors to all who need shelter.
No doubt the community will all come together and schools, clinics and homes will need to be rebuilt. For now - food, warmth and water.
The objective is:
- Funds to the Hotel
- Assess after a week
- Target Rebuilding/restocking Clinics in Chimanimani
- Target building materials to rebuild schools
- Target providing building materials for homes to be rebuild
I cannot tell you how much is needed. Ask rather what you can do to help.
As ex-chairman of Border Timbers & Radar Holding Ltd in Zimbabwe I dealt directly with Cyclone Eline in 2000 and have a clear understanding of the issues facing Chimanimani where Borders key forests and sawmills are situated. I’m deeply aware of the shocking scale of the devastation wrecked by this storm now. As we focus on the immediate aftermath and getting help to those in the ground in whatever small way we can, the real task will be rebuilding - perhaps an opportunity to rebuild a long term strategy for the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and its amazingly resilient people.
Press release from The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC):
(The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.)
Beira/Nairobi/Geneva, 18 March 2019 — The scale of damage caused by cyclone Idai that hit the Mozambican city of Beira is massive and horrifying. This is the initial assessment of a team of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) aid workers that reached the devastated city yesterday.
Cyclone Idai then hit Zimbabwe as a Tropical Storm, wreaking havoc in several districts in the eastern part of the country, with Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Manicaland Province being the hardest-hit. At least 31 deaths have been reported and over 100 people are missing in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is the latest country in Southern Africa to be hit by heavy rains and violent winds, after Malawi and Mozambique. The death toll in the three countries is currently estimated at 150. But this number is likely to change as the full extent of the damage becomes clear. More heavy rain is also anticipated and this may lead to further devastation.
Given the scale of the disaster, more resources may be needed to support Mozambique Red Cross efforts on the ground. Already, the team in Beira has identified shelter, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene as priorities.
*Funds raised will go directly to The Chimanimani Hotel*
- May 07, 2019 - USD $ 181.67
- "Well done Ken and thanks for organising this" - Grenville Hampshire
- Apr 12, 2019 - R 5 075.00
- "Thank you for helping " - Samir Shasha
- Mar 26, 2019 - USD $ 367.40
- "Thinking of the victims of this catastrophy" - Christoph & Ilaria
- Mar 26, 2019 - USD $ 36.74
- "Sending love " - Libby
- Mar 26, 2019 - USD $ 69.41
- "A little token to help along the way ????" - JNJM
- Mar 25, 2019 - R 2 056.40
- "Just a drop in the ocean, but hopefully life changing for at least 1 survivor of this horrible storm." - Lian&Monique;
- Mar 25, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
- "Great initiative!" - Carlos Branger
- Mar 25, 2019 - R 51.41
- "We feel so helpless when looking at the devastation and pain." - Anonymous well-wisher
- Mar 25, 2019 - USD $ 34.43
- "Beyond words...... " - Remo
- Mar 23, 2019 - USD $ 145.20
- "Our thoughts are with everyone" - Riccardo and Britta
- Mar 23, 2019 - USD $ 326.69
- "With our life and prayers for you all. X" - Zoë and Olivier de Givenchy
- Mar 23, 2019 - USD $ 118.95
- "A helping hand x" - M
- Mar 23, 2019 - USD $ 52.86
- "For the wonderful people of a wonderous country" - Richie and pickles
- Mar 22, 2019 - USD $ 14.07
- "Sending love and Light to our neighbours" - Anonymous
- Mar 22, 2019 - USD $ 147.98
- "For Zimbabweans. " - B Morelli
- Mar 22, 2019 - R 310.00
- "Thoughts with the affected." - xx
- Mar 21, 2019 - USD $ 221.28
- "Our prayers are with you all" - Harry
- Mar 21, 2019 - USD $ 70.11
- "Our thoughts are with you Zimbabwe" - Barrie & Denise Coombe
- Mar 21, 2019 - USD $ 36.88
- "Our thoughts are with all the victims of this terrible event." - Latz Family
- Mar 21, 2019 - USD $ 286.77
- "Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the victims" - Theresa & Nic
- Mar 20, 2019 - R 514.10
- "Sending thoughts to all those affected. Please spread the love and donate! " - Anonymous
- Mar 20, 2019 - USD $ 103.44
- "Heartache indeed. " - Brian Jackson
- Mar 20, 2019 - R 2 056.40
- "We thinking of you all" - M+G
- Mar 20, 2019 - USD $ 137.92
- "XX " - Justin and Sadie
- Mar 20, 2019 - R 5 000.00
- "Our thoughts are with you constantly " - Timberbay
- Mar 20, 2019 - USD $ 50.00
- "Zimbabwe ??" - MG
- Mar 19, 2019 - USD $ 145.75
- "For whatever needed" - Kenneth
- Mar 19, 2019 - R 507.50
- "Thoughts and prayers " - The Rabbi