Together we’re making a difference: Cyclone Idai and Kenneth
“Thank you, Castle Water. Your vital support is helping Save the Children reach some of the world’s most vulnerable children.” – Save the Children
We are saying a big thank you to Castle Water customers and employees who are helping us to raise funds for Save the Children’s Emergency Fund.
Already in 2019, Save the Children’s Emergency Fund has helped children in 13 different countries across the world – including in response to Cyclone Idai which caused a trail of destruction throughout Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Thanks to your support, Save the Children has been able to reach children and their families providing shelter, clean water and sanitation facilities. Today, this work continues rebuilding schools and providing water and sanitation systems.
We support Save the Children’s Emergency Fund because having readily available funds saves lives. Not only can Save the Children act quickly but this fund provides essential resources to keep Save the Children on the ground after the initial emergency passes, making it possible to implement long term sustainable resources like water and hygiene facilities for the world’s most vulnerable children.
Thanks to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, with an allocation of £200,000, Save the Children were on the ground in Mozambique, ready to respond before the cyclone hit.
Three months after the disaster, Save the Children are still there.
Save the Children’s work
Following Cyclone Idai and Kenneth, and working across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, Save the Children has:
- Trained over 800 volunteer health workers to screen girls and boys for early signs of malnutrition.
- Delivered food and water purification supplies for those still living in temporary camps so that they are less susceptible to life-threatening water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and cholera.
- Increased efforts to prevent the spread of disease, to keep children safe. Dangerous numbers of children have diarrhoea because of dirty water and damaged wells. We’re raising awareness of good hygiene practices and have given out more than 6,000 hygiene kits and water purification tablets to families.
Three months on, the initial emergency is over. However, Save the Children’s work continues:
- Helping to reconstruct schools damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Idai.
- Establishing 62 temporary learning spaces for over 9,500 children.
- Providing teacher training and distributing learning materials.
- Providing sustainable clean water facilities to make sure that these children and young people can keep healthy while continuing to learn and grow.
Country: Mozambique Photo Credit: Saman Saidi / Save the Children