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let's keep cyclone IDAI survivors alive

$25,860 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 411 people in 5 months
Created March 21, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Yuma Hanane
Dear friends and family,

This is Naira Abdula. 

Tears fall from my eyes as I am writing this. Beira in Mozambique, the city where I am from and where most of my family lives were hit by a cyclone (hurricane) last Thursday. Since then, there is no electricity, drinking water, food, and phone service. I stayed for five days without knowing the true state of my family. Today, I was able to speak with my mother, and she told me that part of the roof of my house is gone. To add to all of that, it is still raining very heavily in the city.

My friend Estela could not locate some of her family members for six days since their house collapsed, and they were not in the government camps. My friend Yuma also could not get hold of her family, and her family’s house is also in devastating conditions.

The three of us are probably the least affected ones out of the 1 million people who were impacted by the catastrophe. Most of them completely lost their houses and are currently living in roof-less schools with no condition for survival. Part of the Hospital of Beira, one of the biggest in the country, collapsed and the surgery bloc is still not working properly. Besides that, there are no stores, pharmacies, banks or any other essential facility that is functional. It is as if Beira no longer exists.

We are here today to ask for your help. On Friday, I will fly to Maputo, and on Monday I will head to Beira. Yuma, Estela and I have been mobilizing friends in the US and in Mozambique to help our fellow countrymates. This is our plan:

I will fly to Mozambique and I will mobilize young people from our hometown to get together to help to organize families that are staying in local schools, spreading information about resources in the city (since there is no information source), and cleaning the city. In addition, these groups of volunteers will also help to receive and to distribute food and other supplies to families in need.

We have contacted the World Food Program and the Peace Corps, and we will be executing our activities under their supervision.

Yuma and Estela will stay back. However, they will be in touch with me so they can get updated information about the situation on the ground. Then, they will reach out to different organizations to seek for help and update you about how we have been using the donated funds.

For now, we JUST WANT THE FAMILIES TO SURVIVE.

Anything will be of huge help. We will be using this money to buy:

Water purifiers
Food
Basic medicines (especially to prevent cholera and malaria)
Mosquito nets
Solar lights
Equipment for the team cleaning the city

Here is our contact info:

Naira Abdula: nabdula@skidmore.edu

Yuma Hanane: yuma.hanane1@marist.edu

Estela Naula: eclamida@gmail.com

A simple donation can keep a family alive. I am leaving tomorrow and I am handing this cause to you.

Please, find more information about the cyclone below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPzYZEiijDc&feature=youtu.be

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/03/19/cyclone-idai-destruction-mozambique-sc-lon-orig.cnn/video/playlists/around-the-world/

https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/htguhkmn
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Dear donors,

First of all, we would like to express our gratitude for all your thoughts, prayers and donations. There are not enough words to explain how much it means to all of us.

We were initially planning to collect only 10 thousand USD, and because of your generosity and support we were able to reach up over 25 thousand USD.

We also wanted to update you on our new team member, Alfredo Cumbana. He is from Mozambique and goes to school in Rochester. Touched by the situation in Beira, he started a fundraising at his university. We will combine our funds and use it to help Beira.

Naira flew to Mozambique on March 23rd. She then had the opportunity to participate in meetings with local authorities and non government organizations to understand what they had already done, and hence use the funds we raised to complement their efforts.

We had initially planned to use your donations to provide basic supplies such as food, clean water, medicines, etc to the families affected. However, in those meetings, we were advised to focus on other areas since others NGOs were already taking care of those needs due to their easy access to this supplements at a much cheaper cost.

After careful discussions we decided to use the funds to rehabilitate a local school in a poor neighbourhood in Beira. This school is called: Escola Primaria Completa Munhava Matope and they have about 1500 students. This school used to have 7 classrooms. Because of the cyclone, two classrooms fell down and the others are partially or totally roofless. Our plan is to put this school back to normal conditions, this will allow the students to get back to normal school routine.

During Naira’s visit to Beira, she was able to identify a local organization called APOIA, a local organization that supports youth projects in Beira. They will be our partner in the implementation of the project. Together with the organization, they were able to create a partnership with the government that would enable us to start with the construction process. We have also received proposal from three different constructing companies, and we are in the process of selecting one.

During her visit to Mozambique, Naira and our partner organization APOIA, were able to create partnerships with the local grocery stores to collect donations, and also engaged in multiple community service activities.

Yuma, one of our teammates based in the US, is the one responsible for withdrawing the funds. Once we have received the funds and identified the constructing company, we will transfer the amount to a joint account with our partner organization in Mozambique.

Thank you once again for all your support. We will post updates at every stage of the project, and please feel free to reach out to any of us if you need any further information or if you have any question.
Please find the pictures taken in Beira during Naira's visit by following the link https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11NU5SzF_O939x2mXKmV263nrn5tGcvJ4?usp=sharing
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Dear friends and family,

Once again we would like to thank you for all your support. The campaign is trending and that warm our hearts.

As explained before, we were not expecting such success. That is why we aimed for that first goal. However, now we are motivated to continue the campaign so that more people can be benefited from it. There are 400,000+ people that are displaced(USAID).
Soon we will be sending updates of the work that Naira will be directly leading on the ground.
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Dear friends and family!

We would like to express our gratitude towards each one of you who took the time to support us.

When we started, we did not believe that the support could be this huge. We are blessed to have a group of kind people who are open to support and help. What happened in less than 24 hours made us believe that together we can do more and help more people. Therefore, since there are still so many victims, we are increasing our goal because.

Words are not enough to describe how important all your donations are for us. Thank you so much for donating, sharing with your friends and family, for praying for us, and above all of that for believing in this cause. This means a lot to all the people who were affected and it will put a smile on many people's face.
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$25,860 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 411 people in 5 months
Created March 21, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Yuma Hanane
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