How to effectively help survivors of Cyclone Idai

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One week has passed since Cyclone Idai — according to the UN, one of the worst tropical cyclones to ever affect the Southern Hemisphere — made landfall near Beira, in Mozambique. However, the true extent of the damage and the exact number of people who died in the disaster is yet to be determined.

Some 1000 people may have perished and more than 2.6 million have been affected, while around 15000 people still need to be rescued.

The cyclone struck in Mozambique but Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar have been affected as well.

Images and reportages from these areas can be extremely upsetting and heartbreaking and even inspire a sense of desperation. How can we avoid getting overwhelmed by the news and instead effectively contribute to a solution?

One way could be donating to effective organizations operating on the ground at the moment. We’ve then collected 4 Kinder-vetted charities you can consider making a contribution to:

  • World Vision UK staff are on the ground responding across the region to wherever there is an urgent need for food, water, and shelter. More specifically, World Vision is providing maize flour and soya chunks, and tarpaulins and plastic sheeting to the many vulnerable children and their families.

  • UNICEF is on the ground too, assisting those displaced by the flooding providing critical emergency supplies to camps and communities.

  • Welthungerhilfe, a German NGO working in the fields of development cooperation and emergency aid, is at the moment supporting smallholder farmers in the Chikawa district, in Malawi. For medium-term recovery, Welthungerhilfe plans to rehabilitate boreholes that have been destroyed or damaged and to distribute seeds or sweet potato vines for winter cropping, as most of the maize harvest has been destroyed.

  • Oxfam Novib is part of the COSACA consortium, a network of major international organizations that are working in close collaboration with the Mozambican government to bring emergency relief in the country. (In Dutch)

Can’t decide? Donate through our widget and we’ll divide your contribution equally between all five organizations 👇

In all of this, let's not forget that disaster relief is crucial but it risks to make us complacent about ongoing, everyday disasters such as poverty and disease.

As climate change brings harsher and more frequent natural disasters to all corners of the planet, we better be prepared for when they hit, not in desperately saving lives, but containing the damage. Developing countries with poor infrastructure struggle much more than the developed world and they need funding, not only after the disaster strikes, but also before.

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