– July 26 2019
Rebuilding lives after Cyclone Idai
In a community outside the city of Blantyre, Malawi, families are coming together to rebuild their storm-ravaged homes in the wake of Cyclone Idai. Many of the people living here lost everything when the cyclone tore through their community – but they haven’t lost hope.
SOS Children’s Villages is helping 700 families in Malawi to rebuild their homes, their communities, and their lives after the disaster. Our family strengthening programmes are working to restore livelihoods and emphasising good hygiene practices to reduce the risks of children becoming infected by waterborne diseases from the floodwater.
Follow the stories of Lucy, Doris and Yenga*, who we are helping make a fresh start.
*Children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy
Cyclone Idai caused widespread wind damage and flash floods when it struck Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in March. In Malawi, almost one million families were already struggling to recover from an earlier devastating storm, and Cyclone Idai compounded the humanitarian crisis. Our decades-long history in the region means that we have staff on the ground with skills and resources to care for families and children in need. We also have SOS teams in Mozambique and Zimbabwe providing families with:
Family Strengthening programmes to help restore livelihoods and provide emergency relief
Child Friendly Spaces, offering a safe place for children to recover from their trauma and access to childcare and counselling
School supplies and educational resources so children can resume their education. Many schools were damaged, and lessons disrupted after Cyclone Idai
Hygiene and health awareness sessions for children and adults, helping to minimise the spread of waterborne diseases
Help us be there for children and families when they need us most by making a donation or sponsoring a child in Malawi today.