The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal is releasing €10,000 in emergency funds to support relief efforts in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in the wake of Cyclone Idai. Further funds will be added in the coming weeks and Bishops’ Appeal welcomes support from parishes and individuals who wish to contribute.
The devastation has resulted in over one million people being affected, with more than 100,000 people displaced from their homes. Immediate concerns include access to hygiene kits, shelter, safe drinking water, and food. There are also major concerns about the spread of waterborne diseases.
- £12 / €14 could help towards providing much needed clean water;
- £22 / €25 could provide a blanket and clothing to help keep someone warm;
- £50 / €58 could provide a month’s food for a family of five.
Lydia Monds, Education Adviser for Bishops’ Appeal, says: ‘As the waters recede in the wake of Cyclone Idai, the devastation continues to unfold. The death toll has risen to 750 people and 110,000 people are currently displaced and in camps. In Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, people are now bracing themselves for outbreaks of waterborne diseases. Amidst this hell on earth, we can make a tangible Kingdom difference. With your prayers and support, the most affected communities can receive food, shelter, clean water, water purification tablets, and medical support.’
Bishops’ Appeal partners Christian Aid and Tearfund Ireland are on the ground providing life-saving aid. Donations can be made online at https://store.ireland.anglican.org/donations and further details for giving by post, by bank lodgement, or through parish donations are available at www.bishopsappeal.ireland.anglican.org/give
(Photo of storm damage in Mozambique - caused by Cyclone Idai - is provided courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship/Tearfund Ireland.)