Cyclone Idai Appeal

We're reaching children hit by destructive Cyclone Idai

Millions are at risk

Tropical Cyclone Idai has ripped through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing at least 921 people and leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Around 1.5 million children have been affected and in Mozambique alone, thousands of people are still missing. As flood waters start to recede, children are at risk and in need of immediate assistance.

In Mozambique, over 700,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed by the cyclone, affecting the entire country’s access to food. Because of this dangerous lack of food security, Cyclone Idai’s impact will be felt for months – if not years – to come.

Children’s lives have been ripped apart. Many have lost loved ones to the floods or become separated from their families in the chaos. They need the basics to survive — food, water and shelter. But they also need our support in recovering and rebuilding their lives following this traumatic experience.

Stagnant flood water and damages to sanitation systems have created the perfect conditions for disease to spread fast. Children are particularly vulnerable to diseases like cholera and malaria, both of which are on the rise.

Children and their families are not yet out of danger. Our teams are on the ground in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, fighting to protect them as the full scale of this disaster continues to unfold. 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.


As well as donating money, you can help by giving your time or setting up a fundraising event of your own
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.

Working with the DEC

The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: ActionAid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.

To find all the latest information about the DEC visit their website

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