Cyclone Idai has torn through Southern Africa and left fatalities, destruction and desperation in its path. As possibly the worst disaster to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere, the immediate needs are urgent and dire.
Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) is already in country, transporting aid and relief to 100 high priority villages at this very moment. We’re focusing on Mozambique specifically, where the damage and suffering is most highly concentrated.
Before landing in Africa, our team made contact with our partners at LDCN, who provide local expertise and insight into neglected communities. LDCN knows the backroads, the villages and the heartbeat of Mozambique. Read about our updates here:
UPDATE: Conditions are rigorous and many villages have not yet been reached. Thus far, we’ve provided food, water filtration systems and Cholera prevention to a handful of neglected villages. This is an ongoing mission, but we encourage you to follow along with our mission briefs and photos:
Day 1, March 28: Mozambique Roads
Our teams drove thousands of miles to some of the most remote villages in Mozambique. Many miles consisted of damaged roads from the flooding. This provided good insight into why aid often doesn’t get to people in a timely manner after disasters. The hurdles and challenges to get from A to B are demanding.
Day 2, March 29: Water Filtration Delivery
As diseases are multiplying exponentially, thousands of wells are destroyed and rivers are filled with debris. Our first priority is supplying local health clinics, village leaders and schools with water purifications systems to decrease the likelihood of more disease spreading. Each yellow bucket can be filled up to 75 times a day, producing 300 gallons of safe drinking water per day.
Today, we worked in Lamego, Nguineia and Ndeja. Although these towns appear stable, most structures and homes were underwater for over a week. Many families rode out the storm on their roofs with children.
Day 3-4, March 30-31: Remote Village Delivery
The last two days were something for our teams to be proud of. We brought one ton of food and water purification systems to the indigenous villages of Nguineia and Ndeja. These villages are completely cut off from any access. Most of the huts are leveled, leaving families unsheltered in remote locations. Our team weathered swamps, rivers and grass fields for miles and miles. Berta Barros, a Mozambican nurse, joined us on this leg. Her efforts will go far beyond our boots on the ground, as she taught the villagers best practices for Cholera and Malaria prevention. We are the first organization to visit this village, and likely the last.
Day 5, April 1: Construction Materials & Remote Aid Delivery
Today we purchased building materials to rebuild the roof of the Lamego School. We’re happy to report that most kids should be back to school within three weeks of one of the worst disasters to hit the Southern Hemisphere. We also delivered another round of aid to Zimpingue, a traditional and beautiful village caught in the midst of chaos.
Day 6, April 2: Construction Commencement & Remote Aid Delivery
Construction officially started on the Lamego School today, and we completed another remote village delivery to Bairro 25 de Junho.