Cyclone Idai and Kenneth Appeal

unprecedented devastation

Thousands are at risk after Cyclone Kenneth struck Mozambique, barely a month after the destruction wrought by Cyclone Idai.

At least 921 people were killed by Idai and now southern Africa is in further danger after Kenneth, the biggest ever recorded cyclone in the southern hemisphere, made landfall on 26th April 2019.

We're assessing the options to respond to this new disaster, with flash floods, landslides and storm surges expected in the coming days.

The impact of Idai

Around 1.5 million children have been affected by Cyclone Idai and in Mozambique alone, thousands of people are still missing. 

Many children lost loved ones to the floods or were separated from their families. They're also particularly vulnerable to deadly diseases like cholera and malaria in these dangerous conditions.

They need the basics to survive — food, water and shelter. But they also need our support in recovering and rebuilding their lives.

Our teams are on the ground in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, fighting to protect children as the full scale of this disaster unfolds. But none of this is possible without your support.  

How your donations can help children now

We’re helping children to survive and recover in the aftermath of this catastrophe. Thanks to support like yours, we’re:

  • Distributing food, tents, blankets and tarpaulin to thousands of families who have lost their homes
  • Repairing and installing water and sanitation facilities in schools and learning centres to help stop the spread of deadly diseases
  • Setting up mobile health clinics, mobilising over 6,000 people so that they can receive cholera vaccinations and providing mosquito nets to protect children and families from diseases such as malaria
  • Working in close coordination with the government and other organisations to reunite children with their families who were separated during the cyclone
  • Setting up child-friendly spaces — protected areas where children can play, learn, express themselves and begin to recover from the distressing experience they’ve been through

Support like this is critical. But much more help is needed. You can make a difference and save lives - please donate now to support those affected in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Cyclone Idai Appeal: Donate now

Eight-year-old Danusha was rescued after she lost her home in the floods. She attends one of our Child Friendly Spaces to help her recover from the trauma she has experienced in a safe environment. Her mother Ines says, ‘When the cyclone was coming, we were under the bed with the children - I had them on my stomach and they were crying all the time. We had the mattress on the bed to stop the bricks from falling on us. I felt helpless because I couldn’t do anything. We were just under there.’

Our Emergency Health Unit

Our Emergency Health Unit - a world-class team of doctors, nurses and logistics experts – have been on the ground assessing the situation and preparing to respond since before Cyclone Idai hit.

Our response is focused on alleviating the suffering of children, ensuring they have access to the basics they need to survive and rebuild their lives whilst protecting their rights and their futures.

You can donate now to support those affected in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

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