WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... CYCLONE IDAI?
Cyclone Idai tore through Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and surrounding areas last week, claiming hundreds of lives. Mudslides and floods have significantly impacted accessibility for aid groups, leaving many communities without support.
As relief efforts work their way to the regions in need, we can help make sure no one is left behind.
Send in reinforcements
Gorongosa National Park is deploying their own helicopters and rangers to reach neighbors in remote and inaccessible communities. You can pitch in to their mission and help cover the cost of food, water, and relief expenses to reach victims.
You can find more verified aid organizations working in the area through Charity Navigator.
Share like you're there
Do you feel like you're not seeing much about the disaster coming from the residents of the affected regions? That's because much of their power, cell service, and wifi have been knocked out, so communication is extremely limited.
Be their voice to ensure they receive aid and attention. Share links to updates, relief efforts, and individual stories to shed light on the developing situation.
TIP: Don’t pack those boxes
Mark your calendar
Receiving and sorting through donated items can be a logistical challenge and requires extra manpower for aid workers after a major disaster. Learn more about how even the best intentions can do more harm than good in some cases.
Double-check with the organization or recipient directly to confirm if they did request items or that they are still in need, before shipping anything out. At this stage, most organizations are requesting funds, as goods cannot be transported or managed.
It’ll take months, if not years, to completely recover after Cyclone Idai.
Put a reminder on your calendar for a few months from today to check in with disaster relief organizations to see how you can help. At that point, you can considering donating money, collecting goods, or offering your time as a remote volunteer to participate in the long-term recovery efforts.
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