Respond to Cyclone Idai Devastation
After recently visiting Mozambique as part of the Microsoft MySkills4Afrika volunteer program, I intended to raise money to help meet essential needs for young students. However, tragedy has since struck in the form of widespread destruction caused by Cyclone Idai.
The organization I visited, ADPP Mozambique, is a non-profit running 19 school including 11 teacher training colleges, 3 professional schools, an institute of higher education and 4 primary and secondary schools. For decades these schools have not only helped scores of Mozambique’s youth acquire an education and a chance for a better life, but have exerted a positive influence in the surrounding community. Students reach out to villagers in the community with training classes in adult literacy and other activities, and schools help the poor gain needed skills to improve their situation in these remote regions.
Cyclone Idai changed all of this in minutes, destroying two of these schools, displacing 297 students, 32 teachers and 28 support staff in Sofala, Mozambique – students who impact the lives of 33,480 community members annually.
While all students and teachers survived the disaster, it was a harrowing experience. One student shared what happened the night the storm hit, “When we saw that the water was entering our dorm, we tried to pack our things and put them in a high place. Our dorm door wouldn't open because of the water, so we had to go out the window. We ran and climbed over the roof of a house, but because of the weight it collapsed and we all fell inside. It was very tense and for a few seconds I thought I was going to die. We stayed for 9 hours until someone arrived. They tied ropes, which we held until we reached a safe place.”
Another said, “During the cyclone, in an attempt to escape, we climbed a tree. There I stood face to face with a snake. I saw a lady who had a baby in her lap, but suddenly the baby disappeared. When I climbed a rescue boat, it turned due to the power of the waters. It was very sad. I saw many deaths.”
The tragedy has indeed been terrible and has served as an immense setback for the work being done in the area. ADPP has worked in Mozambique more than 37 years and benefits 2 million Mozambicans annually. To date, ADPP teacher training colleges have produced nearly 20,000 primary school teachers who invest in the development of the poorest and most marginalized communities. Students are 15-25 years of age. Those who attend school in Sofala are left without permanent shelter and solely dependent upon sister schools to meet basic needs – some of which lack a basic functioning water well. Roofing is destroyed over schools and dorms that once provided a home for these children. Equipment and furniture are damaged and were carried away by water. Food sources are devastated (including a vegetable production irrigation system, a stable for cows, and an agricultural store room). Vehicles and tractors were submerged in water and will need extensive repair.
Prior to the cyclone, I wanted to raise funds to build a water well for students forced to walk approximately 30 minutes to obtain water from the nearest water facility. Given the dire situation at hand, I am expanding this request to ask for your support in providing roofing, equipment, furniture, food, a water well, and other essential needs. The emotional suffering is already overwhelming, and now their education is at stake.
Your gift will help rebuild ADPP Polytechnic College of Nhamatanda in Sofala, establish a water well in Nacala, and ultimately allow 96 students to study and learn in a secure environment where basic needs are met.
Our campaign goal is $511,929. This will be used in the following ways:
· Rehabilitation of buildings, outdoor areas, trees, gardens, sporting grounds and water system (estimated at $252,700)
· Replacing equipment, furniture, bedding, vehicles, generator, etc. (estimated at $163,715)
· Agriculture production repair – irrigation system, tools, seeds, stable and animal shelters (estimated at $7,600)
· Maintenance materials (estimated at $4,850)
· Running costs including salaries for maintenance team, construction engineer; communication and office materials, and transportation (estimated at $23,280)
· Visibility costs for results documentation (estimated at $5,000)
· Water well in Nacala (estimated at $15,845)
· Administrative costs (estimated at $46,539)
Thank you for your support and concern. We appreciate any help or contribution, no matter how big or small. If possible, please share our campaign link on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and with your friends. We will keep you posted on the use of funds and progress going forward. If you have any questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org