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Provide Relief Items in Mozambique - Cyclone Idai

by Peace Winds Japan
Provide Relief Items in Mozambique - Cyclone Idai
Provide Relief Items in Mozambique - Cyclone Idai
Provide Relief Items in Mozambique - Cyclone Idai
Provide Relief Items in Mozambique - Cyclone Idai
Provide Relief Items in Mozambique - Cyclone Idai
Provide Relief Items in Mozambique - Cyclone Idai
PWJ delivers safe water supply system
PWJ delivers safe water supply system

Over one year has passed since the tragedy in Mozambique, when Cyclone Idai swirled above the Mozambique Channel bringing death and destruction to the nation. A Mozambican staff of Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) looks back on his experience, when he found himself on his bed floating on flood water at 3AM with his family shouting for him to wake up. 

 

“I escaped to a roof with my family and neighbors, but saw a man and a child clinging onto a tree across the flooded street. I swam over to the tree and first grabbed the child, and helped the panicking man with a rope. There was another man pleading with me to save his child so I went across the fast stream which was quickly rising to my chest. I managed to bring the child from the flooded area to the highway bund, and the father was also able to follow me to safety.”

 

However, when they later tried to evacuate 50 small children by boat, some desperate women forcefully climbed on board. As a result, the boat overturned and all the children who went overboard lost their precious lives. The PWJ Mozambican staff said that he can never forget what he had witnessed. 

 

Now the challenge for PWJ is to deliver safe, adequate water to the living survivors of the disaster. Together with funding from GlobalGiving and Japan Platform, PWJ has been operating a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assistance project in Nhamatanda and its surrounding districts in Sofala Province. Thus far, the project has provided safe water to 1,367 families (6,835 individuals).

One week after the cyclone
One week after the cyclone
One month after the cyclone
One month after the cyclone
Child getting water two months after the cyclone
Child getting water two months after the cyclone
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Ndenja resettler
Ndenja resettler

Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) has been supporting people affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique since April 2019. An estimated 400,000 were displaced from their homes immediately after the disaster.

PWJ’s emergency response team visited and interviewed families, community leaders and local governments in Sofala and Manica Provinces that were hardest hit by strong winds and floods. Based on the results of these visits, food (rice/corn flour), non-food items (mosquito nets and laundry soap), and materials for housing (nails, hammers, hatchets, etc.) were distributed. The survivors were able to eat daily and rebuild their homes, with neighbors supporting one another.

From May to August 2019, PWJ moved from distributing emergency relief items to seeds and farming equipment (seeds of maize, beans and vegetables; watering cans, hoes, and knives) to more families, so that beneficiaries could restart farming and expect the earliest possible harvest. Staff from PWJ’s partner NGO, Christian Council of Mozambique, trained the beneficiaries on how to prepare good soil and prevent worms from harming the crops. The staff also visited their fields to ensure that the farmers had gained sufficient knowledge and skills.

Together with funding from GlobalGiving and Japan Platform, PWJ was able to reach a total of 3,386 families with the aforementioned items and technical support for farming in Nhamatanda District, Sofala Province.

Thank you to our supporters for helping us implement this project. We look to your generous support to continue our assistance activities in Mozambique.

Farming training session
Farming training session
Using shelter tool kit
Using shelter tool kit
Ndenja resettlers
Ndenja resettlers
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Metuchira Resettlement
Metuchira Resettlement

It has been 6 months since Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique. In order to enable people who were affected by the cyclone to resume their lives, Peace Winds Japan distributed agricultural materials to 1,987 families. How are the agricultural materials being used now? We went back to the Metuchira resettlement area in Sofala Province and visited 13 families who received materials from us.

As we traveled from house to house, we saw that there was a small garden in front of one of the houses. The owner told us excitedly that the seeds were planted and some of the stems were starting to sprout. One farmer told us, “We will plant the vegetable seeds after harvesting the corn we are already growing,” while another farmer said, “We are now preparing a garden in order to plant the seeds.” All the households were carefully using the hoes and the watering cans provided to them and unused seeds were being carefully preserved in order to plant them the next rainy season.

In August, we revisited Metuchira resettlement area. Crops are a valuable source of revenue. In order to be able to cultivate the seeds that are handed out and ensure a livelihood, the proper cultivation methods must be taught. Therefore, the Peace Winds Japan coordinator for agriculture held a lecture in which he answered questions the residents of Metuchira had regarding agriculture. The participants listened to his answers carefully and increased their understanding of the subject.

We visited the house of Mr. Lucas who was listening intently at the front row during the lecture and he showed us the garden he was growing. Mr. Lucas lives with his wife and four young children in a tent in the same way as other families live. He and his wife take care of the garden and the seeds that were provided were immediately planted in their garden and another garden near the river. He told us that he’s growing lettuce, tomato, kale, cabbage and onions and proudly told us that he was able to eat the kale he grew recently.

Since there is no irrigation system at the resettlement area, there is a lack of water and many gardens do not receive enough. As the sun slowly went down Mr. Lucas told us with hope, “It’s difficult now, but once it’s rainy season more vegetables will grow.”

In the Metuchira resettlement area, many households are now growing their own gardens. It is a lot greener in the once dusty settlement. We will continue our monitoring to see the impact the seeds distributed has on the locals. This project was only possible through the generous donations from our supporters. We would like to thank our supporters and we look forward to your continued generous support and cooperation.

Man carefully packing up farming equipment
Man carefully packing up farming equipment
Woman with a provided farming tool
Woman with a provided farming tool
Agriculture lecture
Agriculture lecture
Farming tools provided by PWJ
Farming tools provided by PWJ
Mr. Lucas' garden
Mr. Lucas' garden
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Since March 2019 when Cyclone Idai brought turmoil to Mozambique, many people have been displaced and were forced to resettle to previously unsettled areas. Because the resettled people had few belongings to restart their lives, Peace Winds Japan distributed seeds and agricultural tools to support the livelihoods of the displaced people.

Sr. Mausse is responsible for 24 family members including his grandchildren in Nhamatanda, Sofara Province. “I am very glad," he said. "It is the first time to get seeds and a garden beam after the cyclone. Our house was near a river and flooded due to the cyclone. Our farmland was affected by flooding and we felt lost. Thanks to your assistance, now we can make our farmland and start sowing seeds.”

Peace Winds Japan and our local partner continue working to help restart the lives of the people severely affected by the cyclone. Thank you very much for your continuous support of Mozambique. Your kind support helps bring joy and a bright future to them.

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Peace Winds Japan

Location: Jinsekikogen-cho, Hiroshima Prefecture - Japan
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Rika Yamamoto
Jinsekikogen-cho, Hiroshima Prefecture Japan
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