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Cyclone Idai swept through Southern Africa in March 2019, leaving terrible disaster in its wake. Severe flooding and devastation has affected an estimated 2.6 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The current official death toll is 350; that number is expected to rise exponentially, particularly in Mozambique.

United Church Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance, together with local partners, are assessing the impact of the crisis on the ground in order to provide immediate assistance, minimize loss of life, and ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are met.

The United Church sent an initial contribution of $20,000 to partners and is launching an church-wide appeal to respond to massive emergency needs and support eventual rehabilitation and rebuilding. Immediate priorities are basic food items, potable water and water purification tablets, blankets, clothing, soap, medical items and mosquito nets.

From Zimbabwe, Mission &Service partner the Zimbabwe Council of Churches writes: “We count ourselves blessed that The United Church of Canada have us in remembrance as we battle to respond to a crisis that keeps getting worse by the day as the extent of destruction to lives, property and livelihoods becomes clear.”

Please give to immediate emergency efforts. Two photos showing Idai’s devastation on the ground (provided by ACT Alliance) are available under Downloads, below for United Church communities of faith to use for the purposes of sharing this appeal.

  • Online through the secure donation page

  • Phone toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard

  • Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

    The United Church of Canada
    Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
    3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
    Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

    Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Cyclone Idai" on the face of your cheque.


Note: As part of the United Church's Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.