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Cyclone Freddy-help rebuild schools in Mozambique

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Parts of rural Mozambique have been decimated by cyclone Freddy
Cyclone Freddy was an exceptionally long-lived, powerful, and deadly storm that traversed the southern Indian Ocean for more than five weeks in February and March 2023. Freddy is both the longest-lasting and highest-ACE-producing tropical cyclone ever recorded worldwide and took the lives of over 850 people - over 500 are still missing. In its wake, Mozambique now faces the worst cholera outbreak in over a decade.

Schools and homes decimated, communities displaced
Entire communities have been relocated to safer places, their homes flooded, crops and cattle lost, and many families still displaced and living in shelters with some areas not accessible due to floodwaters. Some schools were not spared, many were left without roofs.

Thanks to school teacher Orlando and his colleagues, some schools are back in operation and steps have been taken to safeguard classes. However, school kids are not protected from the weather and learn on the ground in the dirt. In some schools, wild animals are a risk with fencing affected by floodwaters.


Every single donation helps. We have a long road ahead in rebuilding classrooms and replacing the basics, like desks.

Temporary shelters have been erected as make-shift classrooms, but the children sit for over 6 hours a day in deplorable learning conditions, hunched over on the floor in the dirt.

Our first step will be to minimise their discomfort and encourage their learning with the purchase of 300 desks.

These desks will be distributed to several primary schools including Vondo Primary School and schools in Jangamo, Morrumbene and the Funhalouro Districts.

We will also be erecting fences to prohibit the entry of animals, before eventually moving on to the bigger and longer-term task of rebuilding classrooms.


A double desk: around 75 American dollars / 110 Australian dollars each.
Each desk will be handmade from local Simbirre wood by local carpenters, further injecting much-needed funds into local business.

Transportation: The Mayor of Inhambane will help us with transportation for all related material to our project as to not affect funds raised for the desks themselves.

Once we reach our goal of 300 desks and securing funding to erect fences for safety, we will update this fundraiser with costs to rebuilt classrooms.

The communities in rural Inhambane just can't seem to catch a break.
We first set up and started fundraising for The Orlando Fund in 2020, raising funds to supply rural Mozambiquan children with basic school supplies like shoes, stationary and backpacks to encourage them to stay in school (a 20km trip on foot one way under the burning African sun).

Shortly after our first successful delivery of supplies, the COVID pandemic hit the world and put these already-vulnerable children and communities at huge risk. We diverted fundraising to supply masks, soap and clean running water to help protect school kids and their communities from the deadly virus - communities that lack the most basic medical care.

COVID passed, then as we were getting ready to start raising funds to build better classrooms for schools in the region, cue cyclone Freddy.

About The Orlando Fund
The Orlando Fund was founded in early 2020 by local Mozambiquan school teacher Orlando Gauene, and cousins Luanne Shneier (Australia) and Ryan Kopman (South Africa). The trio met while Luanne and Ryan were traveling through Mozambique in late 2019 and met Orlando, who opened their eyes to the challenges around education and struggles of communities in rural Mozambique.

Orlando is a father and school teacher, who is passionate about the importance of education and selflessly dedicated to ensuring every child is given every opportunity to learn. He is committed to encouraging school kids to stay in school by providing them with the basic amenities that we in the Western world often take for granted.

The smallest donation goes a really long way - everything is appreciated. If you're not in the position to donate, sharing this fundraiser with your friends and family means just as much, and really helps us get the word out.

If you'd prefer to donate school supplies like stationery and shoes, you can still make a donation to our original fundraiser here



  • Anonymous
    • $300 
    • 1 yr
  • Cheryl Jacobs
    • $250 
    • 1 yr
  • Sheilah Hamilton
    • $21 
    • 1 yr
  • Marcel Obrist
    • $500 
    • 1 yr
  • Kristine Berry
    • $325 
    • 1 yr


Luanne Shneier
Bramley WA

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