Tropical Cyclone Idai has hit most parts of the Eastern Highlands in Zimbabwe - Chimanimani, Mutare, Mutasa, Chipinge and Zimunya. There are many fatalities.
People have been urged to go to higher ground. Some are sheltered in hotels or makeshift areas. There is no food or clean water.
WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR
The funds raised will be used for relief efforts including food, shelter and water. Our primary focus is to make sure the money that will be raised here will purchase - Non-perishable foods - Clean bottled water - Blankets - Tents (if need be)
WHO WILL MANAGE IN ZIMBABWE
We will work with Sean Mullens who is a Pastor at One Church in Harare and Jacque Rowe Anderson who heads the Miracle Missions in Zimbabwe. They will coordinate the efforts together with other relief agencies to see where exactly the need is most.
We have worked with One Church during other emergencies before and we have great trust in their ability to get aid where it is needed.
HOW WILL THE MONEY REACH ZIMBABWE The money will be sent to Zimbabwe through either WorldRemit or Mukuru.com. We are in negotiations with Mukuru so that they may not charge us fees on humanitarian grounds. All the food & supplies will be bought in Zimbabwe and then transported to Chimanimani and Chipinge for distribution.
WHO ARE WE My name is Freeman Chari, I am a Zimbabwean based in USA. I went to school in Manicaland and we used to travel to places in Chimanimani and Chipinge like Biriiri , Mt Selinda nad Chikore for sports. The predicament they are in requires that we use whatever means is at our disposal to help.
I have coordinated a number of relief and emergency efforts in Zimbabwe through this platform. I will be working with other volunteers to fundraise but ultimately, I will be responsible to account for every cent raised on this platform.
HOW WILL WE ACCOUNT Like we have done with these other Zimbabwe Freedom Fund and the Cholera Relief Fund we will provide regular updates and accounting to the satisfaction of the donors. We will try to keep records of each transaction, the food purchased and any other costs incurred. Those will be shared here and an accounting breakdown too.