Gafcon Networks mobilise for cyclone battered Mozambique
On March 14th Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique and other Southern African countries including Zimbabwe and Malawi. The scale of the destruction is vast and over 500 people have lost their lives, with the death toll still rising due to the outbreak of cholera. Many homes have been destroyed with 90,000 people in temporary shelter in Mozambique alone, while many farmers have lost crops and livestock.
One of the worst affected areas is the diocese of Niassa in Mozambique which is led by Bishop Vicente Msosa who was present at Gafcon 2018 in Jerusalem. Since the tragedy two of the Gafcon networks (Sustainable Development and Prayer) have mobilised to support the diocese and appeals through partner aid agencies have provided practical assistance.
So far some US $30,000 has been raised for Niassa Diocese and the wider region through Anglican International Development (AID) and Anglican Aid Sydney. Rev Dr Dennis Tongoi, leader of the Gafcon Sustainable Development Network, commented: ‘This is an ongoing natural disaster whose impact shall be felt for years to come. The people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi will need the participation of the international community not only to manage the immediate challenges of food, clean water, shelter but also the trauma and re-building of families and communities that have lost almost all their infrastructure’.
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