The recent Tropical Cyclone Idai has had a devastating impact on most parts of the Eastern Highlands in Zimbabwe – notably Chimanimani and Chipinge but also Mutare, Mutasa, and Zimunya. There are many fatalities already and more being reported daily. Please help them.
WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR
There is already a tremendous peoples relief effort underway. This fund will contribute to that with a focus on assisting the reconstruction of roads to gain access to villages affected, food, shelter, water and medical supplies. As short-term problems ease the money will be used for the next stages of rebuilding efforts. We will provide regular updates on this.
WHO WILL MANAGE IN ZIMBABWE
We will work with The Chimanimani Tourist Association who are leading efforts on the ground and Webb, Low and Barry, Solicitors in Bulawayo.
HOW WILL THE MONEY REACH ZIMBABWE
We have organised the most efficient and fastest way of getting your donations into money on the ground.We have worked out the payment logistics so that all associates fees will be waived on humanitarian grounds. Some initial funding will go direct to those who have volunteered earth moving equipment to purchase fuel. All the food & supplies will be bought in Zimbabwe and then transported to Chimanimani and Chipinge for distribution.
WHO ARE WE – Accountability and Credentials
My name is Andy Woodruff, I am a British citizen. I first went to Chimanimani in 1996, stayed for a couple of years at Heaven Lodge in the village. I visit regularly, at least once or twice a year.
Webb, Low and Barry, Solicitors in Bulawayo have set up the receiving fund. Deloitte Chartered accountants have kindly agreed to audit the trust fund.
Tempe van der Ruit, Treasurer for Chimanimani Tourism Association will be the local representative on the ground. Tempe was born and bred in Chimanimani. She is known and trusted by all in the community and deeply involved in this crisis effort.
HOW WILL WE ACCOUNT
Deloitte in Bulawayo will audit this trust fund. I (Andy Woodruff) will provide a daily list of all donations received and bank balance and send this Webb, Low and Barry and Deloitte for their records. I will transfer the funds on a minimum of three times a week, and will aim for daily. How funds are spent in Zimbabwe will be accounted for by Webb, Low and Barry and The Chimanimani Tourist Association. They will provide updates that I will publish.
Note and update from Andy Woodruff - Weds 27th March At the request of GoFundMe, I am explaining that the funds will come into my personal bank account and from there will be transferred to Zimbabwe under the management of Webb, Low and Barry. I will make these transfers to Zimbabwe on the same day they are received. I will take screenshots and pass these to Webb, Low and Barry for their records. Every penny this fund receives will be sent to Zimbabwe.