Cyclone Idai Response
Beginning with heavy flooding in Malawi, Cyclone Idai hit Beira, Mozambique on March 14th, 2019. Torrential rains and powerful winds devastated the surrounding provinces and impacted the lives of 1.5 million people, destroying homes, crops, and infrastructure, limiting access to clean water, and displacing families. Idai continued across land and hit eastern Zimbabwe two days later. Governments of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe declared a state of emergency and the UN reports that Idai has killed more than 1,000 people across the three countries.
In response to the disaster, The ELMA Grantee Relief Fund is supporting three organizations—Africaid and Camfed in Zimbabwe, and Opera San Francesco Saverio (CUAMM) in Mozambique—to meet the immediate needs of impacted communities with a focus on reaching highly vulnerable populations such as HIV-affected youth and women and girls. ELMA support has enabled partners to deliver medical care (including cholera prevention), provide education and livelihood support, and ensure continuity of care to young people living with HIV.
At the community level, five ELMA Community Grants Program partners affected by the cyclone were supported—one in Mozambique and four in Malawi. These include Associação Pára o Desenvolvimento Comunitário Kuwangisana in Mozambique, and Youth for Development & Productivity, Urunji Child Care Trust, Foundation for Community and Capacity Development, and Rights Institute for Social Empowerment in Malawi. The relief response provided by these partners has demonstrated the ability of local organizations to respond to local disasters by meeting the basic needs of affected children and families. The partners have been providing food aid, hygiene and sanitation supplies, temporary shelter supplies, mobile education and health services, as well as psychosocial support to its beneficiaries.