Jesuits in Southern Africa launch $3 million Cyclone Idai Appeal

Jesuits in Southern Africa on Wednesday 10 April 2019 launched a Beyond Cyclone Idai campaign ‘towards restoration and reconstruction’ of communities adversely affected by the horrific tropical cyclone in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. 

The three million dollar campaign was launched at Arrupe Jesuit University in Harare in the presence of the Bishops Paul Horan O’Carm who gave a firsthand testimony from the most hit parts of Zimbabwe (Mutare diocese) and Raymond Mupandasekwa of Chinhoyi diocese among other delegates.  

Welcoming the guests the launch, the Provincial of Zambia-Malawi, Fr Leonard Chiti SJ, said the efforts by the Jesuits are a sign of joining with ‘our brothers and sisters affected by the cyclone in their times of weeping and sorrow’ and an action to restore their dignity.

“However we still have a long way to go, our commitment is to restore dignity to those who have lost it, homes to those who have no shelter and basic needs to those who are lacking,” said Fr Chiti SJ.

This response, he said, “is an attempt to put faith in action” as Jesuits in different parts of the world have already taken an initial step in mobilisnng material and financial resources destined for Northern Mozambique, Eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi. 

The campaign is focusing on providing relief in house and infrastructure, faith based centers, education, counseling and health care services. 

Officially launching the appeal, the Chairperson of the Campaign and the Provincial of Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province, Fr Chiedza Chimhanda SJ said, the Jesuits are driven by the love for humanity and the call to serve

“We hope to build a resilient community which will better be able to withstand such a catastrophe should anything recur in the future. Driven by the love for humanity and the call to serve at all times, we put ourselves at the service of 

He appealed for monetary donations (targeting US$3 million) to be able to assist the affected communities in partnership with other organisations and networks such as Caritas Zimbabwe (in Mutare). 

Donations can be handed over to the Jesuit provinces and region in Southern Africa or through the payment systems on the website www.beyondcycloneidai.org which has been set up to facilitate this cause.  

Cyclone Idai has claimed the lives of more than 1000 people and left hundreds of thousands displaced and affected in various ways. 

The tropical storm, Idai made landfall on the night of 14 March on the coast of Beira, bringing heavy winds and rains and affected schools, homesteads, health facilities, road network among other key services thereby leaving hundreds of thousands requiring aid. 

 
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