Zimbabwe Cyclone Relief

$105,860 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 2,169 people in 3 months
Created March 16, 2019
Team Zimbabwe
Tropical Cyclone Idai has hit most parts of the Eastern Highlands in Zimbabwe - Chimanimani, Mutare, Mutasa, Chipinge and Zimunya. There are many fatalities. 

People have been urged to go to higher ground. Some are sheltered in hotels or makeshift areas. There is no food or clean water.


The funds raised will be used for relief efforts including food, shelter and water.  Our primary focus is to make sure  the money that will be raised here will purchase
- Non-perishable foods  
- Clean bottled water
- Blankets
- Tents (if need be)


We will work with Sean Mullens who is a Pastor at One Church in Harare and Jacque Rowe Anderson who heads the Miracle Missions  in Zimbabwe. They will coordinate the efforts  together with other relief agencies to see where exactly the need is most.

We have worked with One Church during other emergencies before and we have great trust in their ability to get aid where it is needed.

The money will be sent to Zimbabwe through either WorldRemit or Mukuru.com. We are in negotiations with Mukuru so that they may not charge us fees on humanitarian grounds. All the food & supplies will be bought in Zimbabwe and then transported to Chimanimani and Chipinge for distribution.

My name is Freeman Chari, I am a Zimbabwean based in USA.  I went to school in Manicaland and we used to travel to places in Chimanimani  and Chipinge like Biriiri , Mt Selinda nad Chikore for sports.  The predicament  they are in requires that we use whatever means is at our disposal to help.

I have coordinated a number of relief and emergency efforts in Zimbabwe through this platform. I will be working with other volunteers to fundraise but ultimately, I will be responsible to account for every cent raised on this platform.

Like we have done with these other  Zimbabwe Freedom Fund and the Cholera Relief Fund we will provide regular updates and accounting  to the satisfaction of the donors. We will try to keep records of each transaction, the food purchased and any other costs incurred. Those will be shared here and an accounting breakdown too.

Thank you all for your help.
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I took a little sabbatical to recharge last week. Quick update is that both Mandara and Ndima school blocks are very close to being done. We will begin painting both by Friday.
Those who were asking about wheelchair accessibility, yes we are making all the classrooms friendly. We need to put chairs & desks in there, if you are willing to donate some or know where we can get affordable furniture please email or inbox on FB or Twitter.

Thank you!
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It is Day 23 on the Mandara classroom block and we are now working on the roof. The Ndima Primary block is also coming out good. Please see photos below.

We had hoped to build another block at Vimba Primary School but our funds are getting depleted. We only have $10K left. For us to complete one we need an additional $5K. If any of you are still capable of giving please consider us.

Thank you again for all you have done for the people. The communities we are working in are grateful.

Below is a video of Mandara and pictures of Ndima blocks
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COMPLETION ALERT. The Ngangu Primary School toilets are done. This was one of our most difficult projects because of over-regulation. We kicked butts & in the end they cooperated . These are 16 compartments, 8 for each gender with 1 each reserved for wheelchair access.

Remember the classroom block that we undertook to finish at Ndima Primary School in Chimanimani? Work is progressing well. They should be done in the week or 2. This school will need more classrooms as kids are currently in tents. The ones they used were condemned. You can view more pictures on my Twitter @freemanchari or Facebook .

This means we have completed 4 projects and we have 3 more left.
- Rimbi Primary School block roofing & renovation (completed)
- Mt Selinda toilets & Science lab roof (completed)
- Tafara School toilets (completed)
- Ngangu toilets (completed)
- Mandara Primary School Block ( in progress)
- Ndima Primary School Block (in progress)
- Vimba Primary School Block (Not started)

Thank you!
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MONDAY UPDATE: In the past 6 days, the Mandara Primary Sch block foundation was dug. They have built the box and we are at a point where we need to be pouring the concrete. We have inspectors on site & they have recommended more ramming. So by tomorrow the slab will be done.

At Mt Selinda High Sch the toilets are close to be done, just the painting left. The school requested to use old roofing sheets on the toilets and divert the new one towards the Agriculture Shade that was also ripped by the cyclone. We agreed with their idea.

At Ndima Primary Sch in Chimanimani work started today to finish their dormant block so that some of the kids have a covered space for class in winter. This should cost us about $3K.
Ngangu toilets are being roofed. The Tafara toilets done. The projects I have listed above are already funded and materials most of them bought.
We will do most of the reconciliations at the end in about 4-5weeks. Then we will open the books for scrutiny.

We raised $105K, The GoFundMe Fees about $5K. We gave $48K to Miracle Missions for Food& drugs& pipeline @ Ndima. We assisted SA donation transport $600. We have used about US$35K for reconstruction efforts. We are left with abt $15K, most of which will go towards a new classroom block at Vimba Sch Chimanimani.

The photos below are for the progress made at Mandara. Unfortunately GoFundMe only allows me to attach 3. Please follow me on Twitter @freemanchari for more photos & updates.

Thank you!
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$105,860 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 2,169 people in 3 months
Created March 16, 2019
Team Zimbabwe
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