Global Care is seeking donations to support its project in Chipinge, Zimbabwe in light of the recent devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.
News reports show that parts of Southern Africa have been left devastated in the wake of Cyclone Idai, which swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Hundreds of people have been killed, and thousands more are affected. In spite of the cyclone hitting over a week ago, the risk of flooding is severe, as it continues to rain. We are particularly concerned about our project in Chipinge, Zimbabwe, just over the border from Mozambique.
Global Care has supported the Houtberg ChildCare Centre in Chipinge, eastern Zimbabwe, for over 20 years, through two decades of economic and political turmoil. Our Centre and the surrounding area has now been affected by Cylone Idai, particularly through flood damage. The centre currently supports 22 orphaned or abandoned children.
There has been no loss of life, for which we thank God. However the latrines have been damaged beyond repair by flooding, and the maize, bean and vegetable harvests have been destroyed by high winds and flood waters. The maize harvest, in particular, is a great loss, as it contributed significantly to delivering greater self-sufficiency for the centre. Harvests across the region have been destroyed, meaning food will shortly become scarce and prices will rise significantly.
The site is also without power. There are two protected water sources, and we are hoping and praying that they are not contaminated, but we do not yet have this information. Without power the pumps do not work, water cannot be accessed for use or for testing. Without power the food in the fridges and freezers, including the chickens bred and killed for sale, have rotted.
We are also awaiting detailed information from our partners about the impact of the cyclone in the wider community around the home. Generally, the story is similar – with flood damage to property and loss of vital crops.
Our partner Pastor Mishack reports there is a high risk of disease from sanitation problems and large amounts of stagnant water, which may breed mosquitos and therefore malaria. He adds: “Most of the aid donated locally is directed to Chimanimani district which was affected more than our district. Since the disaster affected almost the whole country it is hard to think that the government and local donations will manage the problem.”
CEO John White said: “We are very grateful that our children and partners have escaped intact, however the situation is not yet over, and there are challenges to overcome. As an immediate response we need to build new toilets, as this is a sanitation hazard, and support the home and community with feeding needs. We would be very grateful for any donations which enable us to do this quickly.
“In the months ahead we will need to rebuild the agricultural infrastructure which has been destroyed and replant the fields, but this will not be our immediate focus. Please join with us in prayer for the affected countries, and for our team and the children in this situation, and please give generously if you are able.”