When Cyclone Idai hit the coast of south eastern Africa in March, it left a trail of death and destruction. Tearfund’s staff and partners responded immediately, and one partner has now been recognised with an award for its response.
In Zimbabwe, 377 people died and 270,000 were left in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Tearfund partner ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans Through Extended Hands) was quickly on the scene in Chimanimani, one of the hardest hit districts.
They distributed blankets, clothes and food hampers to over 400 families. Families living in makeshift tents received solar lamps and 100 girls received sanitary kits, containing a six month supply.
Pastor Never Femai oversaw the emergency response for ZOE. During their work he met an 11-year-old boy called Revise. He was the sole survivor after his family was washed away in heavy flooding, and had injuries to his eyes and face.