Click here (to SERVE.IE) to get news of the Cyclone Idai, that has hit Mozambique and neighbouring countries, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The storm lasted for nearly four days, and the rains continue. According to news reports on March 19th, it may be the most severe storm ever to hit the southern hemisphere.
The Irish Redemptorists and Argentinian Redemptorists work in Mozambique, the Irish in the north since 2012 in Furancungo in the diocese of Tete, the Argentinians in the south. New Mozambique Redemptorist students live in a community in the city of Maputo.
SERVE, an Irish Redemptorist-linked initiative, has been involved with young adults in Beira, which is now the worst-hit part of Mozambique, with huge flooding. The training centres and living accommodation in Beira and in Dondo have been destroyed.
Keep up-to-date by checking the website of SERVE.IE. Any contributions towards SERVE will be gratefully accepted and will go immediately to help these young adults, men and women. Thanks.
From the SERVE website:
Over the weekend, Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. 90% of the city of Beira in Mozambique has been severely damaged or destroyed, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, and the death toll continues to rise as relief efforts take place on the ground.
We are aware that both the Young Africa Manga campus in Beira and the Dondo Agri-Tech campus have been severely damaged during this weather-related disaster.
Update 18th March 2019
- The roofs from the girls hostel, the school and the creche on the Manga campus have been completely destroyed, walls have fallen and the campus is submerged in flood water.
Update 19th March 2019
- Dondo has also been severely affected. The Dondo Training Centre has lost its roof and windows, destroying all computers, the library etc. with just the walls remaining.
- Dondo is running out of food. All roads are blocked due to fallen trees and destroyed roads. There is an urgent need for food, water, water purification pills, cholera medicine and anti-malarials.
- Young people attending the Young Africa Agri-Tech campus have been unable to leave Dondo due to poor and dangerous conditions.
- The school block and hall on the Manga campus are badly affected
Beira has been home to Young Africa and SERVE volunteers for over 10 years. Young Africa has been supporting young people in Mozambique to live independently through practical and life skills training for over 10 years. Please donate what you can to support the relief efforts to allow Young Africa to rebuild and continue their life-enhancing work with young people in Beira and Dondo.
Account Name: SERVE in Solidarity Account
Account Number: 09889023
Sort Code: 93-10-71
Account Address: AIB, 9 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin 6
Account Name: SERVE Account
Account Number: 20038423
Sort Code: 95-01-26
Account Address: Danske Bank, Donegall Square West, Belfast
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