On the 19th of April, Panganayi Sithole and Jason Brudvig returned home from delivering aid to Zimbabwe. Our church had collected a few truck loads of good such as food, clothing, blankets and building materials to help those in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. While our trip to Mozambique is still to come, our trip to Zimbabwe was something of an eye opener. Amidst the grateful thanks coming from the people who received the aid, we heard hair-raising stories of just how destructive Cyclone Idai was.

Like the events of Pompeii, thousands lost their lives in an instant. Buildings, cities and villages were destroyed before people could escape. The struggle is not over for there are many displaced without basic needs and access to aid. Knowing this, our small contribution has made a great impact. Below you’ll find a video from Pastor Washington Ndumiyana giving thanks and sharing his story on the cyclone. We’ve also uploaded some images that even sensitive readers could stomach, but maybe read with caution.

Interview with Pastor Washington Ndumiyana

Photographs from the Trip

Panganayi’s Brother’s House – side view

 

Bedris field from the cyclone, the rocks were never here before the cyclone…

 

This was a field planted with crops on route to Chimanimani…

 

This school has suffered tremendous loss… All pupils were crushed by a boulder that was dislodged by the cyclone…

 

This was a gentle stream before the cyclone…

 

This bridge was part of a major highway. Half of it is missing! As in, the cyclone was so powerful it could pick up and carry away tons of concrete.

 

Chimanimani Village – Before the storm, you’d have seen over 50 houses in this photo alone…

 

Chimanimani Village – 60% of the village was destroyed by debris / rock slides… The villages are still buried under the debris, and the smell of death is everywhere…

 

A photo taken of the new bridge that was decimated by the floods from the cyclone…

 

The Humanitarian Aid from Christ Church Midrand to the people of the United Baptist Church Chimanimani Area…

 

A grateful United Baptist Church Chimanimani…

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