Help Heifer Participants in Nepal and Africa Recover From Powerful Storms

Help is needed immediately for several areas where Heifer is working in African and Asia after powerful storms impacted thousands of families.

First, Malawi and Zimbabwe, in the southeastern region of Africa, were struck by Tropical Cyclone Idai on March 15, 2019. Heifer participants there continue to struggle in the aftermath of the intense storm. Then, on March 31, 2019, poweful storms swept across Nepal, leaving thousands of people homeless, including many Heifer participants.

Tropical Cyclone Idai in Malawi and Zimbabwe

Heifer International Zimbabwe is working in the Masvingo province, where widespread damage was reported in three districts — the area where we are implementing a five-year project, Upscaling Rural Livelihoods in Masvingo (URLIM), which will eventually work with 15,000 households. The project’s three main goals are improved farm production, enterprise development and food security for farmers in Zaka, Bikita and Gutu districts.

Read more about the impact of Cyclone Idai on Heifer's work here.

Severe Storms in Nepal

Heifer's team in Nepal preliminarily reported three people lost their lives and 171 were injured. Many more had homes damaged or lost completely. There were also many livestock injuries and deaths, as well as crops that were lost in the floods. Responders are working to prevent water-borne diseases.

Read more about the impact of storms in Nepal here.

Heifer is already responding to meet the need of communities in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Nepal. We need your help to provide resources like cement, corrugated iron sheets, early seeds cassava, maize and sweet potatoes seeds, water treatment chemicals, blankets and plastic water buckets.

HOW WE BUILD RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

Chidembo Ratambwa's home was destroyed by Cyclone Idai.

Though we cannot predict where the next disaster will strike, our Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) training helps families prepare for the worst.

PARTICIPANTS ARE TAUGHT:

  • to secure livestock and feed
  • to harvest crops for food
  • to secure water and firewood
  • to identify evacuation centers
  • to safeguard important papers, education materials and cash

While we are not a relief organization, we have a responsibility to our families to get them back on their feet and ready to rebuild for the long term. Mother Nature can lash out anywhere at any time. That's why we also have our Disaster Rehabilitation Fund.

Disaster position statement

Heifer International works with vulnerable communities in disaster-prone areas. We help at-risk communities prepare for and mitigate the potential impact of disasters.

While not a disaster relief agency, in the event of a major disaster that exceeds a project community’s capacity to respond, Heifer partners with relief and recovery agencies and first-responders on the ground to support the efforts in communities where we work, with a focus on livestock and agricultural systems rehabilitation.

Our role is to provide short-term provisional support—food, water and transportation—with an emphasis on helping Heifer project participants.

And, because so many project communities are located in areas sensitive to climatic events, we raise money for our disaster rehabilitation fund all year round.

Large-scale fundraising will only be considered when there is a significant geographic impact or when a large number of Heifer communities or families are impacted.

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