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#TheNextMile Cyclone Idai

£27,438 of £160,000 goal

Raised by 379 people in 1 month
Created March 20, 2019
Give to support the hundreds of thousands of people affected by devastating Cyclone Idai to walk #TheNextMile toward restoring and rebuilding their lives, their livelihoods and their communities.

In mid-March, Cyclone Idai ravaged parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in what could be the worst humanitarian crisis ever to hit Southern Africa.

Millions of people were in the direct path of the catastrophic cyclone. Widespread flooding has left whole villages still submerged and some areas remain completely cut off by road.

Floods and winds destroyed businesses, schools, clinics, churches, crops, roads and communications infrastructure. 

As water have systems become contaminated, there is increasing risk of an outbreak of waterborne diseases like cholera, which if left untreated, can be fatal. 

In response, Higherlife Foundation is continuing to mobilize teams and resources to support the communities affected by this devastating storm causing loss of both lives and livelihoods. 

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Driven by young people within the organisation committed to see more lives saved and livelihoods rebuilt, today we are launching a new campaign -  Pledge Idai: #TheNextMile.

The model of the campaign is simple: GIVE & SHARE

1. GIVE:  Every dollar donated will go towards efforts on the ground in Malawi, Mozambique & Zimbabwe. We will also provide matching funds to leverage your donations to help as many people and communities as soon as possible.

2. SHARE: Share your giving story of how you have given towards those affected. We want to tell a powerful story that Africans and friends of Africa can stand together in response to the crisis. Share this link, too, to others you know will want to take part.


OUR RESPONSE

Together with Delta Philanthropies, Higherlife Foundation and partners on the ground in all three countries, #TheNextMile response strategy will seek to:

#Recover;
#Restore;
#Rebuild; and
#Ensure #Readiness to ensure our communities are better prepared in the future. 

We urgently need your support in donating to Pledge Idai: #TheNextMile Appeal. 

Even a small donation will help us to provide and distribute essential supplies and relief items across Zimbabwe to support the children and families who have been affected, as well as begin the rebuilding process. Most urgent needs include:

• Blankets, tarpaulin and rope to keep families who have lost their homes safe.

• Buckets, jerry cans and water purification tablets so families can access clean, safe drinking water.

• Hygiene kits to help keep families clean and stop the spread of deadly diseases.

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CYCLONE IDAI IN NUMBERS
 
-Almost 1,000 people have lost their lives but searches are still underway. Some were washed out to sea.

- Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced and homeless.

- 900,000 children have been orphaned, separated and/or displaced.

-2.5 million people are affected.

Contributions will go beyond providing for immediate needs such as water and shelter. The goal is to enable affected groups to gain the strength and self-confidence to make a fresh start, rebuild their homes, go back to work, return to the classroom and reclaim their rightful role in society. 

Delta Philanthropies will match your donations.

Instagram: @CycloneIdaiFund

Facebook: HigherlifeFoundation

Twitter: @cycloneidaifund


About Us:  PledgeIdai..#TheNextMile is powered by a group of young Africans (both on the continent and in the diaspora) who have been moved to respond in the face of this humanitarian crisis.  

Our Partners:  Econet, Cassava Remit and all our family of companies have assisted in trying to help people and communities impacted by the catastrophic storm.  

#TheNextMile initiative will be administered by Higherlife Foundation, a social impact organization that invests in human capital to build thriving individuals, communities, and sustainable livelihoods. Headquartered in Zimbabwe, the Foundation has a 20-year track record in advancing education and community development across Southern Africa.

Delta Philanthropies is a U.K. registered charity (Number 1178335) focused on education and poverty elimination across Africa. 

Higherlife Foundation and Delta Philanthropies share a common goal: to tackle the complex and seemingly intractable challenges that lie at the heart of continued poverty in Africa.  

Press Contact: Aulora Stally  +263 0771 222 962 aulora.stally@higherlifefoundation.org
Campaign Team: South Africa +27 (79) 296 6505 | Zimbabwe +263 771 222 428 | United Kingdom +44 77707 22452 | United States +1 (856) 366 6754

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Dear friends,

It has been an exhilarating two weeks, watching your donations towards our goal pour in. We are blown away by your generosity and want to thank you for joining the #PledgeIdai donor family. Every dollar you have given to date has been matched by Delta Philanthropies and will go towards the restoration & rebuilding of the communities affected by Cyclone Idai.

On the ground in Zimbabwe, our teams are hard at work, distributing food and essential supplies, registering orphaned and vulnerable children (some who lost their families in the cyclone), and working on opening up roads to improve accessibility to the affected communities. While some progress has been made, there is much to do as, daily, pressing needs are being identified and many communities in need are yet to be reached.

As our partner in this work, we still need your help! Please SHARE this campaign with as many people as you can. We need this message to spread like wildfire around the world. Be sure to follow our social media platforms for updates on how your gift is changing lives.

While the news cycle may move on, we are in this for the long haul! Determined to go #TheNextMile and enable affected groups to gain the strength and self-confidence to make a fresh start, rebuild their homes, go back to work, return to the classroom and reclaim their rightful role in society.

Pledge Idai Team
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Created March 20, 2019
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