BUSH BUNNY BRENDA BLOG
DATE: MARCH 23, 2019
DEVASTATION BEYOND WORDS
That is the only way to describe the destruction left by Cyclone Idai. An estimated 1.7 million people are without safe homes, food, or safe drinking water throughout Central Mozambique.
There is still no word from our orphan, Fatima, who is at business school south of the Beira area. We are believing she is safe, as her school seems to be outside the flood zone, but inside the cyclone wind zone. Many of her school mates are from Beira, making it doubly hard on them not knowing where their families are.
1. RAPID RECOVERY for those still stranded in the flood waters.
2. SAFETY FOR THE RESCUERS risking their lives to save those stranded souls.
3. FOOD SUPPLIES TO MULTIPLY, as the aid groups are struggling to help everyone.
4. COMMUNICATIONS/ELECTRICITY TEAMS to be able to restore power and phones soon.
The rescuers are facing monumental tasks trying to airlift or rescue by small boats, over 13,000 people still stranded in the flood waters this week. It is estimated that the “SPRINT PHASE” of the rescue efforts could continue for another 2 weeks. THE MARATHON PHASE will go on for over a year, for these people will need food support along with SEEDS to plant so that a harvest is possible in April, 2020.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO RESPONDED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RELEASE OF THIS STORY. YOUR GIFTS ARE HELPING MERCY AIR’S 2 HELICOPTERS SAVE 1000’S OF LIVES. Our goal is to keep them in the air for as long as needed.
Mercy Air dropping food boxes in isolated areas.
Mercy Air’s STAFF has adopted an orphanage destroyed in the storm that hosted 26 little boys. Any funds donated for Cyclone Relief that end up not being needed for fuel have been designated to help them rebuild the orphanage.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO GIVE IF YOU WANT TO HELP! (See our giving instructions at the bottom of this blog post.) We will make a 2nd transfer to their account in a week’s time for gifts being sent this week.
As long as they have fuel, Mercy Air’s 2 helicopters will go out loaded with food boxes, medicines, and hygiene packets to those in remote areas where no roads exists.
Together, we are making a difference, one life at a time.
BACK IN BALAMA, OUR CHILDREN ARE SAFE
Thank you for all the emails asking if we are OK. Balama is on HIGH GROUND, about 1,950 ft. (600 meters) above sea level.
1. House #6 construction resumed last Monday with the erecting of the roof. As of today, half the roof is on, but we had to delay the 2nd half due to rainy weather. The foundation of their lunch room and kitchen is now in the ground.
Builders lifting trusses into place.
Roofing completed on 1st half of house #6.
Foundation on new kitchen/lunch room begins.
2. Meluco’s bridge has been given a temporary make-over. Just in time, for our March supply truck leaves next week to take much needed items to the 515 orphans we support in that area. My driver is very happy, for he does not like sharing the back road through the game reserve with the Elephants or Baboons.
Blessings to all of you, and thanks again for your prayers and gifts that are truly making a difference.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF
FOR THOSE WANTING TO DONATE FOR CYCLONE RELIEF
Please email me if you are able to help. If I know your gift is on its way, I will pull from our emergency funds to speed up our helping hand.
Make checks payable to Orphans Unlimited and please note CYCLONE RELIEF on the memo line of the check.
Alternatively, you can donate to us via PayPal at this link and use the pulldown to indicate Cyclone Relief.