Mozambique - Emergency aid for victims of Cyclone Idai
Following Cyclone Idai in 2019, SwissLimbs launched an emergency aid project to support the people most affected by the tragedy in Inhamizua, on the outskirts of Beira.
In March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit central and eastern Africa, affecting significantly Mozambique and the city of Beira. More than 600 people lost their lives and the damage was incalculable. The cyclone severely affected homes, public buildings, health facilities, water and electricity distribution systems.
In the area around the city of Beira, there are millions of people living in communities called 'Bairros', i.e. a high concentration of people living in extreme poverty, who were severely affected by the cyclone, creating extensive damage.
SwissLimbs, already operating in Mozambique with other rehabilitation projects, decided to step in and support the families most affected by the cyclone. SwissLimbs then started the construction of family houses, built to be cyclone-proof, which were donated to the neediest families in the region. SwissLimbs was also responsible for the complete renovation of various buildings and infrastructure destroyed by the cyclone at the Inhamizua School Centre, which also includes an orphanage and a public school. In 2020, a new building called 'The House of Knowledge' was added, a place where students and community members have access to an online library via a large computer room and can benefit from basic IT education.