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Cyclone Idai Emergency Appeal

• Our local partners the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe are responding to the crisis through their relief agency MeDRA.

• More than 300 people have been killed in a massive cyclone that has brought destruction to Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

• Over 100,000 people are stranded from massive flooding.

You can help get food and emergency supplies where they’re needed most. Donate today.

Image via ACT Alliance (2019)

The United Nations calls it “one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.”

On 15 March, Cyclone Idai struck the east coast of Africa with winds of more than 177 km/h, leaving a trail of devastation from massive floods.

Whole communities in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been devastated. The poorest have been hit hardest, living in lower areas in less resilient houses.

In Zimbabwe, 200,000 people have been affected, with most of the damage occurring near the Mozambique border.

Our partners are responding with emergency assistance and you can help.


Your donation will help our partners provide immediate assistance to people affected by Cyclone Idai:


• Emergency food and water to families in Chipinge and Chimanimani districts, places hit hard by the cyclone

• Immediate food, water, blankets, kitchen sets, sanitary towels and supplies for those displaced by by flooding and loss of homes

• Priority will be given to those with vulnerabilities such as chronic illnesses, pregnant and lactating mothers, children and people with disabilities.


Please donate to support our partners as they respond to this emergency.


Other ways to help

• Pray for all people impacted by Cyclone Idai, including families and friends of victims. Pray for the safety of first responders and emergency personnel, including our church partners and their important relief work.


• Share this appeal on your social media and church networks. The media cycle often doesn’t reflect the true magnitude of a disaster like this. By amplifying it you can help show solidarity with our neighbours and courageous partners in Zimbabwe.


• Please do not collect physical items to ship to impacted regions. The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) advises that the most efficient and cost-effective way of helping those affected by a disaster is with your donation. We ask you to please refrain from sending physical items, for more information please visit: https://reliefweb.int/report/world/challenges-unsolicited-bilateral-donations-pacific-humanitarian-responses


Other ways to donate


Direct Debit:

Bank: Westpac – King St, Sydney NSW

Account Name: Uniting Church Overseas Aid Account

Account Number: 182657

BSB: 032-014

Description: Cyclone Idai



For mail, please forward your cheque, money order or credit card details to:


PO Box A2266

Sydney South NSW 1235

Please add a short note which outlines to where the funds are to be directed, to whom the receipt is to made out to and the relevant contact details for same.



A member of our team can assist with taking your donation by credit card over the phone, for this option please call: 1800 998 122

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible. Please give generously.

Funds raised for the Cyclone Idai Appeal will be applied to the emergency response and for rehabilitation activities in the affected areas. In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the amount needed for this appeal, they will be used for UnitingWorld’s emergency fund, allowing us to respond to other disasters.

UnitingWorld is accredited by the Australian Government and is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). As signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, we are held accountable to the highest standards of governance, financial transparency and effectiveness in our work.

To make the best use of our supporters’ donations and to get the best outcomes for our partners, we invest in good management practices, ensuring the careful planning, oversight and evaluation of our work, as well as clear transparent and accountable use of all funds. UnitingWorld uses 10% of funds raised to pay for the administrative expenses of running a fundraising appeal and coordinating disaster response with our local church partners.