Provide clean water to those in need

Image Source: WFP

When Tropical Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique on Thursday, March 14, 2019, its powerful winds and heavy rainfall caused devastation throughout the country and moved on to destroy parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Sources say this destructive storm is regarded as one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere as a whole. The storm caused catastrophic damage, affecting more than 2.6 million people and recorded deaths of more than 500 so far with hundreds more missing. (1)

Flooding has caused significant damage to sanitation facilities  and safe water supplies have been destroyed, according to OCHA.(2) Wells and boreholes are assumed to have been contaminated by floods, making drinking water unsafe and increasing the risk of deadly waterborne diseases.

“People will resort to drinking water contaminated with waste and sewage as well as dead bodies which will be discovered as water levels recede,” James Kambaki of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) told Thomson Reuters Foundation News on March 21. (3)

Image Source: TVM (Club of Mozambique)

Global Aid Network (GAiN) Canada is partnering with GAiN USA to help fund the provision of water filters for families affected by the floods. Filters will be shipped to GAiN’s local partner on the ground in Zimbabwe, on the border of Mozambique, and distributed among families and communities in the two specific areas – Chipinge and Chimanimani.

The water filter can clean approximately five gallons of water in 20 minutes, removing bacteria and protozoa to create safe drinking water. These filters can be backwashed and cleaned, lasting for years with the proper care. More importantly, these filters will meet one of the most basic and immediate needs.

Our goal is to provide 1,000 water filters to families who have been affected by the floods and are without clean drinking water.

Would you help reduce the risk of waterborne diseases and prevent more deaths by providing a water filter? Just $50 will provide one filter, ensuring people will get safe water immediately.

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1) CBC


3) Thomson Reuters Foundation News