The recent cold spells that affected Zimbabwe, relief assistance concentrated on the distribution of Blankets and shelter supplies. Kidzcan also donated blankets to its patients from the affected areas suffering from cancer. The poor weather has hampered the delivery of medical supplies to the affected areas and still has not allowed Kidzcan to move into the area to assist with Cancer screening and awareness to the children in the area. As of April nearly 70 000 people in the affected area have regained access to safe drinking water according to the UN. Daily young children narrate horrific, heart breaking stories of how they lost their siblings and parents due to the cyclone. A young boy narrates how he and his five brothers were with their grandmother when the deadly water and rock landslide occurred, burying part of the house. "My grandmother, brother and I managed to escape as we were sleeping in the same room. My three brothers were buried under the rocks. We only found their bodies days later". Stories like these are all too familiar as most households were directly affected by the cyclone. Kidzcan will soon go to one of the temporary housing that has been set up to screen for cancer to the affected families once permission has been granted. The children are extremely traumatized and other agencies like Childline are assisting with psychosocial support and to not allow this incident to scar the children permanently. It is important that we support these families and children with your help we can together make a difference. As more cyclone-affected areas become more accessible and more children are reached Kidzcan will be one of the first to assist where possible.Kidzcan has also partnered with Gift of the givers South Africa, Clowns without Boardes and Zimabawe Theatre Acadamy to Bring Laughter to the children in Zimbabwe. We have started by bringing Laughter in the Cancer Ward.This brings great relief to both children and their caregivers. #nochildchouldbeleftbehind
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