Here's How You Can Help the Victims of Cyclone Idai
Thoughts and prayers for Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique are good - don't get us wrong - but action is even better.
The death toll in Southern African countries hit by Cyclone Idai is still on the rise. Many people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi have lost their homes and possessions. There are currently thousands who have been displaced and are without shelter, food and basic necessities. Here are some concrete ways of ensuring they get the help they need.
When countries are hit with a disaster of any kind, man-made or natural, it can feel rather overwhelming as to what one can actually do to help the people affected. So here are a few pointers on how to help the victims of Cyclone Idai.
These are major organizations that are currently working with the global public to ensure relief is sent to the three affected countries:
Doctors Without Borders - Teams are already on the ground in the affected areas and are providing medical supplies water and sanitation.
Project Hope - This organization is on the ground in Mozambique specifically and is providing medical supplies and healthcare services to victims.
Gift of the Givers - They are present in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique providing healthcare services and food.
International Rescue Committee - This committee is on the ground in Zimbabwe and is providing medical supplies, food and dignity kits.
Humanity and Inclusion - Donations will aid in the provision of food, hygiene products to prevent cholera and protection to the vulnerable.
Save the Children - They are present in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and are providing critical assistance to children who need it the most.
ActionAid - Currently on the ground in Zimbabwe and Mozambique and are providing emergency aid.
Disasters Emergency Committee - They have issued a public appeal for donations. The UK government has agreed to match, pound for pound, the first 2 million GBD raised.
Global Giving - Currently on the ground and providing aid to victims in the Eastern parts of Zimbabwe which have been the hardest hit.
World Vision - Providing disaster relief to Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Joint Aid Management - Choose to donate to either Malawi, Zimbabwe or Mozambique — or all three.
Aside from financial contributions, there are other ways to lend a hand. Whether you are in Africa or abroad, there are various organizations that are mobilizing resources at designated spots in the form of non-perishable food items, blankets and clothing as well as medical supplies. Get involved and contribute what you can. Encourage others around you to do the same.
Keep up with updates on the natural disaster so you know what the evolving needs of the victims, track relief efforts and other areas where they may need further help. Most importantly, understand why these African countries have been so hard hit by Cyclone Idai and what any tangible change looks like going forward.
And of course, when you've done all you possibly can, do spare a few thoughts and prayers for all those affected.