Mozambique Disaster Appeal:

LATEST UPDATE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -  27 June 2019
I have been in Mozambique for just three days and am shocked at the  extent of the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai. Now that all the media hype has died away the grim reality facing the Mozambicans who live here is brutally apparent. Thousands of people are living in homes with no roofing or protection from the elements. Many are living in piles of rubble, the remains of their homes. Alfredo is one of the grounds men at the King of Kings School. His home has been totally demolished and he and his family have lost almost every thing. Because of the generosity of our supporters we have been able to continue to pay salaries so all our staff can purchase food and water. However, there is so much more needed. So many of our people are hungry, without power and water. Many of our students have only the clothes they were wearing when the cyclone hit.  Our people affected by the cyclone have no support. There is no government assistance. Many of the aid organisations have moved on. We will continue to provide what help and assistance we can. We are continuing our Disaster Appeal, you can donate by clicking on Donate Now.  Thank you for your support.
Dr Terry King


Cyclone recovery update [ 29 April, 2019 ]:
Many would have heard that another cyclone,  Cyclone Kenneth has devastated parts of Mozambique in the past few days. This has caused much damage and loss of life to people living in the far north of Mozambique. Our school and the city of Beira were not impacted by this latest catastrophe.

All students have now returned to the King of Kings School and classes have resumed. Work continues on the restoration of school buildings and is being assisted by J & J Transport, a trucking company near the school. Power has been restored to the community and work will commence in re-wiring the school buildings.

Classes at the Technical Institute are operating although there are great difficulties in accessing our Mungassa site where the agriculture practical lessons take place. The road to the property has been severely damaged. We have no power to the site as all the power poles & lines have been damaged in the locality.

We have been greatly blessed by a generous donation from Bible Society Australia to assist with the re-building of the three church buildings used for the Literacy for Life Project . Funds are being used to provide food relief for those in the literacy groups and the replacement of resources that were destroyed by the cyclone. The Literacy groups will resume soon as the participants are anxious to continue learning.

We are very appreciative of the generosity of people, businesses and organisations in the donations made to the Disaster Appeal so far. As recovery progresses, there is still much need for additional funds to provide personal support for those in our community who have been greatly affected.

 


Background:

In the first three months of 2019, Mozambique has been hit by two major cyclones Cyclone Desmond & Cyclone Idai). This is unprecedented.


Both cyclones have inflicted heavy damage on Beira, the city where Mission Educate has established the King of Kings School. The school has been running since the year 2000 and has just over 2000 students.


Cyclone Idai hit Beira with the full force of its fury on Thursday 14 March 2019. Within hours, almost 90% of Beira City was extensively damaged by winds of up to 160km per hour and torrential flooding rain. Over 1000 sq km has been covered in flood waters destroying whole villages, crops and livestock.


The King of Kings School suffered extensive damage to many of its buildings. Roofs were blown away with torrential rain damaging buildings and destroying equipment. Whilst none in the school’s community were injured, many school and staff families have lost everything that they own.


Response:
We have had a wonderful response to the Mozambique Disaster Appeal and reached our initial target of $50,000. This will help with initial repairs to buildings, replacing equipment and materials destroyed by the cyclone and give some relief to those in our community.

The news has come through that the school has re-commenced with all classes except Prep and Year 1. This was able to happen because of the dedication of all our staff who worked to replace roof sheeting and remove debris.

As communication is being re-established we are hearing more of the devastation to other members of our community. Three of the four churches where the Literacy for Life Project has been having classes have been totally destroyed, as has the homes of some of our facilitators and many of our Literacy students. There has been damage done to the Technical Institute and the access road to our Mungassa property has been severely damaged. We urgently need to establish a power connection to Mungassa and complete the construction project there.

We are continuing our appeal and raising the target level by another $50,000. There is still so much to be done and we are very grateful for the generosity of so many people.

Further funds are needed to:

  • Repair building interiors and ceilings

  • Make structural modifications to weakened buildings

  • Replace buildings that are unsuitable for longer term use

  • Subsidise cyclone affected families who are unable to pay school fees

Estimated cost: $150,000 AUD


To make your generous tax deductible donation, please give here by clicking the DONATE NOW Button.

For those who do not wish to donate online using a credit/debit card, a direct deposit or online transfer can be made to our bank account. Anonymous donations are welcome. However if you would like a tax deductible receipt please email  finance@missioneducate.org giving your full details: name, email address for receipt, phone number, the amount deposited and the purpose of the donation.

Bank account details:
Account name: Mission Educate Ltd
Bank: ANZ
BSB: 014 679
Account number: 279 608 266

Thank you for your support.



Dr Terry King

Executive Director
Mission Educate


 




Meet some of the people working on the ground in Mozambique (all filmed prior to the current disaster). 




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