You must have seen pictures of the utter devastation in Beira and surrounds since cyclone Idai hit Mozambique last week. Although relief efforts are starting to get to Beira, we are raising funds to help hundreds of people near Chimoio who are outside of the humanitarian effort zone and therefore are not getting help except from the local farmers and their contacts.
One such farmer is Nick. While he was initially providing food and shelter to 567 people without any relief support or assistance, this number is rapidly growing in his immediate vicinity amidst deteriorating living conditions. These people have lost everything and are sick and injured. Babies are being born into this terrible environment. Today, he was only able to provide a cup of beans per family and two biscuits to each child.
We have already managed to raise funds and get donations for a large rice supply. This will not sustain these people for long. With your donations, we hope to secure a dedicated, reliable truck with cross border experience to get the generous donations we have already received directly to Chimoio as quickly as possible. There, local bakkies will then be used to transport supplies to the farm.
We are grateful to the DMX Carriers who has offered four pallets a week – now we need more and faster. Unfortunately it does not make sense to simply send money to buy supplies as there is a roughly 300% mark up on goods (and that's when they are available).
DMX Carriers, who has experience with this route which provides us comfort that our goods will get there safely, has given us a quote for one dedicated load is US$4500 (+-R65,000) and we would like your help in raising this amount. It’s expensive as with all north bound loads into Africa, the cost is higher than south bound owing to demand/supply. Anything over and above this amount will be put towards the next load or the procurement of food and medical supplies.
Please donate. We are so grateful to the registered NPO, Making a Difference South Africa NPO for their help. Their governance processes, we hope, will provide donors with the assurance that these funds are being properly administered.