FOREST, Va. — Following the March 17 devastation left by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe, humanitarian organization World Help has launched an emergency aid response for victims of the disaster.
The cyclone, which had recently torn across Mozambique with 100-plus mph winds, hit Zimbabwe with devastating force, dumping torrential floodwaters and causing deadly landslides. Roads were destroyed, and houses washed away, some with families still inside. Many farmers lost their crops in an area that is already facing a severe food shortage. Following the destruction, Zimbabwe declared a state of emergency.
World Help’s partners are on the ground assessing damage and praying with people affected. They have reported that all of the children in World Help’s Zimbabwe sponsorship program are safe, but there are many other people who have critical needs.
World Help is enlisting the financial help of supporters to provide relief to the most affected areas. A $50 donation provides critical supplies such as food, infant care kits and hygiene supplies to families who are in desperate need.
But beyond sending physical help, World Help is calling on people to also provide spiritual hope for victims.
“People are terrified. They’re wondering if their lives will ever be the same. Please stop whatever you’re doing and pray on behalf of families impacted by this cyclone,” said Vernon Brewer, founder and CEO of World Help.
“Yes, we must provide help so they may survive this disaster, but we also must send them hope through our prayers so they know they are not forgotten and they still have a future,” Brewer said.
To learn more about the relief efforts or to donate, visit World Help’s Zimbabwe relief page.
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World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. Since its inception in 1991, World Help has delivered humanitarian aid to more than 82 million people in 71 countries.