In March of this year, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe were hit by cyclone Idai, one of the most devastating tropical cyclones on record. Over 3 million people were affected, with nearly 130,000 people left displaced. The vast majority of those displaced were women and children. Thanks in part to the generosity and prayers of WorldShare supporters, the humanitarian response by our ministry partner Hope for Africa Mission (HfAM) to cyclone-affected districts in southern Africa proved to be very effective. Families were provided with shelter, durable sleeping mattresses and food parcels.
I am lucky to be alive with my two children…
…is how Martha begins her story.
Martha had a one bedroom house and a round hut she and her family used as a kitchen. She had also been left a small piece of land where she had planted some corn, pumpkins and groundnuts. She was expecting a harvest in April. Like all the villagers in Kwirire, Chimanimani, Martha awaited the harvest with much anticipation.
The story of her life changed on the night of March 14th 2019. What started as normal rainfall ended up leaving her homeless and impoverished, with no one to turn to. On the night of the storm, she battled to save herself and her two small children. All she can remember is when the first rock hit her house, she somehow managed to pull her children out of the house with few a blankets and stood under a big tree, which was later washed away. The following morning, she had no house and her fields were gone.
Martha was so grateful to receive a tent two weeks later. At last, she had her own privacy and a safe shelter with her two children, unlike where they had taken refuge before at Kushinga Primary School. Thanks to counselling and moral support from HfAM, Martha has renewed hope for herself and her children. Amazingly, she now says:
I thank God for saving me and my family, even though it’s hard to understand why the cyclone happened. I now have a place to stay. I’m hoping to carry on raising my children and I’m looking forward to seeing my son go to school.
Thank you for all your prayers and donations. You have helped HfAM to continue sharing God’s love in practical ways and transforming the lives of many like Martha’s.