Water Mission Relief Effort
In early March, southeast Africa suffered severe rainfall from the Idai storm system, which killed more than 100 people and led to serious damage to infrastructure and crops — a devastating loss just before harvest season. Idai strengthened into a powerful Category 3 storm in the following days and made landfall on March 14 in Mozambique before striking both Malawi and Zimbabwe. At least 350 people have died and more than 2.6 million have been affected by the cyclone across all three countries. The United Nations has already reported that Idai may be one of the most devastating natural disasters to strike the Southern Hemisphere.
Clean, safe water remains one of the most important needs for those affected by Cyclone Idai. Existing water sources have been destroyed or contaminated, and access to safe water is critical to help prevent outbreaks of cholera or other dangerous waterborne illnesses. People from Good Samaritan are well-aware of the work that Water Mission does with providing clean water around the world. Over the last eighteen years, they have also gain considerable experience in responding – quickly – with relief for immediate and long-term clean water in emergency situations such as those presented by Cyclone Idai. Almost immediately Water Mission teams have been working along with other non-profit partners, to provide immediate relief especially in Malawi and Mozambique.
You can read more about Water Mission’s efforts on their website.
Also, the New York Times includes Water Mission as an important agency assisting with relief as does another publication Relief Web and a video from Water Mission’s Disaster Response Director, Mark Baker.
The Missions Committee has requested that the Vestry approve a transfer of $5,000 from the Change the World fund (designated for such disaster relief) to Water Mission’s relief efforts with Cyclone Idai. (These are funds donated by the congregation over the years via the little plastic world globes.) This fund has not been tapped recently. The Missions Committee plans to provide more publicity about the fund, its purpose, and establish clear guidelines for situations for its use, methods of access, and so forth.
If parishioners wish to give directly to Water Mission for this specific cyclone relief fund, this can be done on the Water Mission website Make a Donation