Cyclone Idai of 2019

Preparations at Kedesh

In advance of the storm, workers boarded up windows and secured other items, preparing for the worst. 

Cyclone Idai

Mar 13, 2019 – Mar 21, 2019
Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. The long-lived storm caused catastrophic damage, and a humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,300 people dead and many more missing.Wikipedia

Before the Storm

After the Storm



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Our Response to the Cyclone

(March 29, 2019) by John Wickes 

While we lost most of our forest, many people lost roofs and homes. Some are going without food. We’ve started to discreetly give out food to some in need in our neighborhood. We have to be careful not to draw too much attention to ourselves. There have been distribution points in the city that have been looted, people killed. As well we have bought plastic for people to put on their roof or the like to escape the elements. We are wanting to start buying roof tin, bricks and the like to rebuild houses. At the moment banks and ATMs have hours long waits to get money. Bank cards work sometime, sometimes not. So getting money to your pocket or store is still difficult. On top of that some stores have been fined and closed for price gouging.

If there are people who are interested in living without electricity, carrying your well water 60 yards, bathing in a pond, mozy slapping, and we could throw in a bit of diarrhea, on a basic diet of rice beans and greens so you could repair broken down walls, put NEW roofs on houses, and pay for the privilege to do so, we welcome you to Kedesh! Others who would prefer to help from afar with lower risk and higher return (in the world to come) we thank you and welcome that assistance as well.
Heather Pritchard took some pictures of some of the folks in our area that we’d like to help. We have others that we already have a commitment to as well that the house is already started or we need to fix. Lots to do!
Thank you!