Immediately after the cyclone in mid March people were devastated and in shock not knowing where they would live or how they would provide food for their families. Together we were able to bring hope when all around was chaos. Agencies provided medical and water aid but no support to rebuild homes for so many that were made homeless. This is what everyone wanted – the basic need – to have a secure place to live.
Initial destruction in the communities was devastating. The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone, the fig trees have been felled but we will replace them with cedars. Isaiah 9:10
All homes in the area were destroyed. Only a small number of brick homes were left standing but no roofs survived.
People made shelters out of whatever they could find.
Mezimbite Primary School, out neighbour and a school we work with. Two of the four classrooms were destroyed along with the kitchen and children's toilet.
The children having lessons outside.
Fransisco is telling Janet about the night of the cyclone, how he and his family fled their home, running for shelter which they could not find. Here he had no home but has since build a new one.
Sarifa works on the Africa Naturally farm, as part of the Tea Tree Oil production team. Here she is outside her home, her family sheltering in the local school along with many others.
On the Africa Naturally Farm For God did not give us a spirit of fear but a sprit of power and love and self control. 2 Timothy 1:7
Janet's tent after the cyclone
Trees were uprooted
Beauty amongst the flooding and devastation.
Rebuilding begins - the essential oil production site
Rebuilding - the kitchen.
The cashew tree used for much needed shelter by everyone on the farm and visitors was uprooted and here is being replaced with a temporary shelter.
Rebuilding - the tree nursery.
Rebuilding homes and restarting the Growing Hope, Africa Naturally and FOM programmes begin!! Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning. James1:17
In May materials for rebuilding houses begin to arrive.
Three of those in the FOM programme on the farm with their roofing material ready to be delivered to where their homes will be rebuilt.
Delivering the housing materials to the neighbourhoods. Many could not be reached the whole way by road.
Anna after the cyclone. She and the others had no idea at this time if there would be help for them to rebuild their homes.
Anna as her house is being completed, with her daughter and mother.
Mario's wife, so thankful that their new home will soon be completed.
Children in Dondo celebrating that their families have received packets of vegetable seed for the Growing Hope programme.
Jose after the cyclone with his wife and baby.
Jose with his new home nearly finished.
Alves built this shelter after the shock of the cyclone.
Materials for his new home arrived in May
Alves, here with his family, was one of the first to complete his new home.
Alves, with his baby, born a month after the cyclone.
Lafsone as he is rebuilding his family's house.
Lafsone with his mother with the finished house.
Munhopa as he is rebuilding the house for his family.
And Munhopa and family as they complete the house with mud walls.
Nelito is a young man, orphaned and lives with his sister. Their house was destroyed.
The team is building a new house for Nelito
Nelito's house will be next door to his grandma, which will be very good for his sister who is only 12.
And a new house for Fransisco and his family
Artur and his wife care for their grandchildren as their mother and father are missing. They built this plastic shelter after the cyclone.
Artur's new house is being built
Artur is thankful for his new home but is very tired.
His youngest grandchild is only 3 years old.
Momade, here rebuilding his home, lives with his wife and two adult grandchildren.
Albano's new home
Antonio's new home
Jose's new home
With your prayers and generosity, we have been able to support all those working and training with us, initially with food and extra funds, and in May to rebuild each of their homes, 23 in total. This would not have been possible without your support. We are all very thankful. We have also been able to support some of the churches we work with to rebuild plus have supported a request for funding to rebuild the primary school in Mezimbite. Sadly, though, we have not yet had an answer to this.
We hope the photos here show the initial devastation and the following rebuild to help bring life back to normality. Sadly, the majority of families living in this area have not been so blessed. With the rains later in the year, usually December – March, there will be much sickness as they are homeless or with no secure roofing. Please continue to pray with us as food poverty, housing insecurity and unemployment continues for many.
We continue with our farming missions; equipping families and churches with Farming God’s Way, producing fruit and vegetable for families and orphans and equipping young and old in small agri enterprises. As very few jobs are available, people need to be entrepreneurs!
If you would like to support our ongoing work to fight food poverty and child malnutrition, equipping with families and churches to improve soil nutrition, farming practices to increase family harvests and to grow vegetables,please click here to find out how to donate