Cyclone Freddy has caused a trail of destruction with thousands of families being displaced and hundreds injured or killed as it tore across Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi. Flooding and landslides have swept away roads and houses cutting power supplies and hampering the emergency response.
If you would like to help families that have been affected by the disaster, we have opened a relief fund where you can make an additional donation to Open Arms. Any funds raised will be used to give extra help to the families we work with in rural communities to help them recover and rebuild over the longer term.
There are various organisations coordinating an emergency response to the disaster which is focused on medical care, issuing emergency food, water, blankets, temporary shelter and basic housing supplies. Our Outreach Officers in Malawi have started contacting the children and families that we support in remote communities and will continue to conduct their own impact assessment over the next month or two. This is a challenging job as many areas are still inaccessible and it is still raining.
The most important role for Open Arms at this time is to strengthen existing services to make sure we are there for our 300 re-integrated children and their families, some of whom will need urgent help. These families are some of Malawi’s poorest and many of them will be badly affected.
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