Cyclone Idai swept through Southern Africa in March 2019, leaving terrible disaster in its wake. Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi are in immediate need of food, water, and shelter. At least 830 people have been reported killed by the storm, and a cholera epidemic is feared. With more than 120,000 people displaced, Idai is one of the worst weather-related crises to ever affect the African continent.
Th United Church of Canada is accepting donations so that Mission & Service partners can help and provide relief to those affected by Cyclone Idai.
The Canadian government is matching donations for Cyclone Idai emergency relief (up to a maximum of $2 million) made to members of the Humanitarian Coalition (HC); the United Church is connected to the HC through its membership in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Your gifts made to the Cyclone Idai Appeal between March 15 and April 15, 2019 can be doubled. More information about how government matching typically works is available here.
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PHONE IN YOUR DONATION: 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738
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The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
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Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Cyclone Idai" on the face of your cheque.
JOIN IN PRAYER:
When the rains come down,
and the winds circle around,
it can be cause for joy,
God of all creation.
But, when the winds are so high,
that they rip roofs off of homes,
and the water pours down in torrents,
there is no joy,
We pray for those killed
when Cyclone Idai battered
Mozambique, Malawi & Zimbabwe.
We pray the survivors,
clinging to trees and high places,
away from the high waters,
waiting for rescue.
We pray for those who are doing
all that they can,
with the resources they have,
to save as many as they can,
knowing that they need more,
to help more.
We pray for those grieving,
the deaths of those they love and
the loss of livelihood and home.
May help come, and may it come quickly—
that safety would be found,
and rebuilding would begin.
We pray, loving God,
that we might respond,
with all that we have, and who we are,
out of our security and our abundance,
to be a world that helps,
and in the days to come.
We pray for Mozambique,
We pray for Zimbabwe,
We pray for Malawi
—A prayer in response to Cyclone Idai by the Right Rev. Richard Bott.