Caring for Families in Need in Mozambique
In March of 2018, one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to impact Africa touched down in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. More than 1,000 people died from Cyclone Idai and subsequent flooding.
The Church of the Nazarene responded quickly to the needs of people affected by Cyclone Idai, giving food and other aid to those who lost their homes and livelihoods. Below are some images and reports from the initial round of aid distributed in Mozambique by NCM volunteer teams directly following the storm.
In Lamego, 300 families from surrounding areas were given food parcels. Local community leaders participated in the distribution and were grateful for the assistance.
In Tica, NCM volunteers distributed food to 161 families in need. The Nazarene church building in Tica was destroyed, as were the houses of 75 families who attend the church.
The local Church of the Nazarene in Nhamatanda was destroyed completely by Idai. As in other towns, local community leaders expressed gratefulness and assisted with the NCM food distribution to those taking shelter after losing their homes.
Prior to the NCM team’s visit, close to 2,600 were housed in the resettlement center. Though the numbers dropped by the time of the food distribution, there were still 231 families experiencing critical need identified by volunteers. Each were given a food package containing rice, oil, beans, sugar, salt, and soap.
This distribution took place at the Panga Church of the Nazarene, one of two Nazarene churches in the community. 150 families were given food packs containing three weeks of nonperishable food.
Other communities where teams distributed aid include Inchope, Chimoio, and Jasse. In total, the first wave of distributions impacted 1,292 families.
The relief for those in need in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi is not complete. As rebuilding begins, many people will need ongoing aid. You can support the compassionate response of the local Church of the Nazarene by donating here.