Focolare communities are among those struck by cyclone and floods in South East Africa
Last week Cyclone Idai hit South East Africa bringing devastating floods to central Mozambique, as well as neighbouring countries. We are in contact with Focolare members living around Beira and Chimoio, including a team who run a mission for around 500 people. It comprises a hospital, a school, two colleges and the Fazenda da Esperança rehabilitation centre. At the moment, the entire mission compound is completely under water, cut off without drinking water, light or access to food. Fortunately none of the residents were killed by the cyclone, but many in the surrounding areas have died. Caritas and the local authorities are working to reach such isolated areas to supply food and other essentials.
But an even greater challenge is about to emerge once the waters subside. According to Beira’s Bishop Dalla Zuanna: “We’ll have to start rebuilding when the emergency lights have been switched off.”
The Focolare Movement’s international Emergency Coordination team has mobilized to gather funds and to support the local population as it struggles to recover.
Contributions can be made through one of the following:
Azione per un Mondo Unito ONLUS (AMU)
IBAN: IT58 S050 1803 2000 0001 1204 344
Banca Popolare Etica
Azione per Famiglie Nuove ONLUS (AFN)
IBAN: IT55 K033 5901 6001 0000 0001 060
presso Banca Prossima
Codice SWIFT/BIC: BCITITMX