In partnership with Smile for Africa, we supported distribution of non-food items in Zimbabwe at the Ndingire and Dzingire primary schools in Kopa, Chimanimani, which was devasted by the cyclone.

Cyclone Idai: Four Months Later

It’s been four months since Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Idai is the most severe natural disaster to affect southern Africa in over three decades.

Your swift response rushed aid to families in desperate need. You are helping them access safe water, stay healthy and replace essential items that were lost.  

Water filters = safe schools, healthy schools

You’re providing clean water to more than 6,000 children in eight schools in Zimbabwe. The schools are now equipped with water filters that turn unsafe water into clean, drinkable water.

You’re also protecting families from getting sick. After a disaster strikes, water can be scarce and disease can spread quickly. You are reaching community members with training about good hygiene and sanitation practices. With your help, cyclone-affected communities are staying healthy.

Temporary shelter and essential household items

More than 400 people in Zimbabwe, whose homes were damaged or destroyed, received tents for temporary housing until they can rebuild, along with mattresses and blankets.

Tom (pictured below, far right) is a teacher in a secondary school in Kopa. He and his family narrowly escaped the flooding by climbing onto the roof of their house, where they remained for an entire day until help came. He says his home was partially destroyed and he is so appreciative the compassion he’s received from people like you.

“I want to thank Lutheran World Relief … for the help you have given us,” he says. “In particular, to come here and listen to our stories. No one else has given us the chance to share out pain. Thank you for being an ear.”

Quilts and Care Kits

Your gifts of quilts and kits reached families in Mozambique. There, the cyclone brought torrential rain and wind, affecting more than 1.85 million people, including a million children. Many school buildings were heavily damaged or destroyed and students lost what few supplies they had.

With your support, we distributed 2,094 School Kits to students, along with Personal Care Kits, and quilts, to people affected by the storm.  

Eliza, 12, and 14-year-old Zefaria narrowly escaped the cyclone’s destructive path. They tried to save their school items, but the flood waters proved too powerful. Both received an LWR School Kit. Eliza says she’s most excited to have “the crayons, the rubber [eraser], the ruler and the scissor.” Zefaria says the notebook is his favorite item.

Your gift of Quilts and Kits allow vulnerable children like Eliza and Zefaria to return to school prepared after disaster strikes. Thank you for your support!

Be a light to the next family in crisis

We can’t predict when and where the next disaster will strike, but your faithful support ensures we are ready to respond, quickly and efficiently. Here are a few ways you can help.

  • Pray for families and communities working to recover from Cyclone Idai.
  • Give to Lutheran World Relief’s “World of Good” fund, which allows us to respond quickly when needs arise around the world.
  • Make LWR Quilts & Kits. These simple gifts of love reach people around the world in their darkest hours, inspiring hope and recovery. Here's how to get started. (Not a quilter? You can still make sure quilts and kits reach people in need around the world with a gift to our Quilt and Kit Shipping Fund.)