Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai

by World Central Kitchen, Inc.
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai
Provide meals in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai

Following Cyclone Idai in Mozambique in March, WCK set up emergency food relief efforts for the very first time in Africa, activating #ChefsForMozambique in Beira, Mozambique. Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical storms to ever hit Southern Africa, and when we arrived, more than 400,000 people were displaced and 1.85 million people were in need. 

Immediately following Cyclone Idai, WCK’s Chef Relief Team utilized our model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, to quickly began preparing fresh-cooked meals for families affected by the disaster. In the weeks following, we were serving more than 10,000 meals each day.

Now, 6 months after #ChefsForMozambique began, we have served more than 365,000 meals to impacted communities.

In May, as the recovery process moved forward, and camps housing those displaced were closed, our Chef Relief Team transitioned operations to a local team under the direction of Ruy Santos and his Makobo Platform.

This local team prepared meals out of the kitchen we built in Mezimbite, Mozambique. Mezimbite lies to the north of Beira, where Cyclone Idai came ashore. The community here relies on farming to survive, but the harvest was destroyed in the cyclone, devastating the area.

From the kitchen in Mezimbite, the local team cooked more than 2,000 meals each day. The fresh, nutritious meals were served to children at two schools, Mussassa Escoala Primaria and Mezimbite Escoala Primaria, and at Bom Samaritano Orfanato, an orphanage in the neighboring community of Muda.

#ChefsForMozambique wrapped up when the school year ended this summer, but WCK is looking to continue support for the coming school year with our local partner. 

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In March, the WCK Chef Relief Team landed in Beira, Mozambique just days after Cyclone Idai slammed into southern Africa. What we found when we arrived was devastating. Nearly 2 million people were in need. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced. More than 1 million acres of crops were destroyed. Communities were completely cut off due to flooding.

Shortly after arriving in Beira, WCK activated a local kitchen and #ChefsForMozambique began. Over the following months, our Relief Team served more than 300,000 meals to survivors. We were able to provide more than 10,000 meals each day, operating out of two kitchens. Meals were delivered to local schools, hospitals, clinics, and camps housing those displaced. 

The Chef Relief Team had the help of up to 140 volunteers a day showing up in the early morning hours to prepare meals for their neighbors. By working with the local community, we are better able to learn what the exact needs are, directly from those impacted. We always work to serve meals that are familiar and comforting to those in crisis, and we always purchase as many local ingredients as we can. Buying food locally helps to keep dollars in the impacted economy, which will in turn help speed up the recovery process. Buying local, employing local, and utilizing local expertise are all core to our relief efforts.

Now that camps have closed and people are starting to return home for the long recovery process, WCK has transitioned to supporting the local team run by WCK partner Ruy and his MAKOBO Platform. We have worked with Ruy since arriving in Beira, and with WCK's support, Ruy and the local team is currently serving fresh-cooked meals to children in schools in more rural communities.  

Food service in Beira, Mozambique
Food service in Beira, Mozambique
Food service in Beira, Mozambique
Food service in Beira, Mozambique
Chefs in the kitchen in Beira, Mozambique
Chefs in the kitchen in Beira, Mozambique
Family in a camp in Beira, Mozambique
Family in a camp in Beira, Mozambique

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World Central Kitchen, Inc.

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Samantha Higgins
Washington, DC United States

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