Several organisations have started raising funds and sending aid to Malawi after Cyclone Freddy made landfall for a second time; these are the teams working on the ground.
Blantyre, Malawi (17 March 2023) – South Africans and Malawians are rallying to support victims of Cyclone Freddy. The cyclone, which made landfall a few weeks ago, was swept out to see before returning to land this past weeken and recking havoc in parts of Mozambique and Malawi.
The African countries have been badly hit and are in need to support. It is currently estimated that 200 lives have been lost but that number could rise. Gift of the Givers has responded to the call to send aid. The Christ Presbyterian Church based in Blantyre is also helping local victims recover what has been lost.
These two organisations have been sending out updates so please take a look at how you can support their efforts below.
The Gift of the Givers
Gift of the Givers Malawi has been activated to assist wherever possible; with the support of South Africa, the team will be able to assist and send aid to the most damaged areas. Their first stop was the Phalombe district.
“First stop is Ndungunya Primary School where over 700 families affected by Cyclone Freddy have taken shelter. Our team met Mrs. Nkolimbo, a mother of 5 children, who have lost everything she had in the blink of an eye due to Cyclone Freddy.
“I have lost everything that I labored all my life for, and I only managed to save my 5 children. The water moved into my house so fast in the middle of the night and washed away all my belongings, including livestock,” explained Mrs. Nkolimbo with a somber voice.
Gift of the Givers reached out to the affected families with a donation of assorted relief items comprising of maize flour, corn Soy blend porridge, cooking oil, soya pieces, salt, tinned fish and disposable nappies for the lactating mothers.”
To donate to the Cyclone Freddy disaster response please visit: http://www.giftofthegivers.org/make-a-difference OR direct deposit using the details below.
Gift of the Givers Foundation
Account Number: 052137228
Reference: Cyclone Freddy Malawi
Christ Presbyterian Church in Blantyre, Malawi.
South Africans, international supporters and the Christ Presbyterian Church congregation have managed to raise nearly R150,000 for relief efforts in the region of Blantyre, Malawi. They hope to reach R200,000
“We are reaching out to you today to ask for your help for those we know that are urgently in need of relief aid. We are collecting donations to provide plastic wrap for homes, food, clean drinking water and clothing. Any amount you can contribute will make a huge difference in the lives of those affected.
Your donation will go towards the purchase of essential relief items such as:
- Food and clean water supplies
- Plastic wrap to secure homes
- Sanitation and hygiene supplies
Ann and John McGrath, and the community of Christ Presbyterian Church in Blantyre will be organising the purchase and distribution of supplies on the ground.”
Megan McGrath, who is based in South Africa, will be co-ordinating from this side. Should you wish to support, you can do so via BackaBuddy here. Should you have any queries, you can contact Ann via email here and Megan here.