Zimbabwe Cyclone Relief

$105,600 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 2,160 people in 2 months
Created 16 March 2019
Team Zimbabwe
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.


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)


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.

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.

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.

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.

Thank you all for your help.
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MONDAY UPDATE: In the past 6 days, the Mandara Primary Sch block foundation was dug. They have built the box and we are at a point where we need to be pouring the concrete. We have inspectors on site & they have recommended more ramming. So by tomorrow the slab will be done.

At Mt Selinda High Sch the toilets are close to be done, just the painting left. The school requested to use old roofing sheets on the toilets and divert the new one towards the Agriculture Shade that was also ripped by the cyclone. We agreed with their idea.

At Ndima Primary Sch in Chimanimani work started today to finish their dormant block so that some of the kids have a covered space for class in winter. This should cost us about $3K.
Ngangu toilets are being roofed. The Tafara toilets done. The projects I have listed above are already funded and materials most of them bought.
We will do most of the reconciliations at the end in about 4-5weeks. Then we will open the books for scrutiny.

We raised $105K, The GoFundMe Fees about $5K. We gave $48K to Miracle Missions for Food& drugs& pipeline @ Ndima. We assisted SA donation transport $600. We have used about US$35K for reconstruction efforts. We are left with abt $15K, most of which will go towards a new classroom block at Vimba Sch Chimanimani.

The photos below are for the progress made at Mandara. Unfortunately GoFundMe only allows me to attach 3. Please follow me on Twitter @freemanchari for more photos & updates.

Thank you!
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Just some quick video showing the rogress we are making with the construction of a 2 classroom block at Mandara Primary School and where we are with the construction of the toilets at Ngangu Primary School.

The Tafara toilets are pretty much done, they are painting them today.

This happened because of you!!!
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Quick Update On the Cyclone Rehab Projects. Work is set to begin on the Mandara classroom block in Bikita. We delivered 12000 bricks to get started with the foundation. We are in negotiations with Bikita Minerals for help with the other 23K bricks. The community is so helpful
The toilets at Tafara High School in Bikita are all but done. I understand they must be doing the paint work right now. We took over this project at slub level after former students had done the pits & slab
Mt Selinda toilets in Chipinge are also about done. They are working on the painting.
Ngangu Primary School toilets in Chimanimani are progressing well. The hard part is done, we expect them to be completed in 2 weeks.These are by far the biggest because they have 16 compartments.
We intent to build a block of classrooms in Chimanimani. We have been inspecting a few schools and liaising with the relevant ministries for the go ahead. Miracle Missions is working on laying water pipes to Ndima School in Chimanimani and I have released $2K for that effort.
Please see more photos here https://www.facebook.com/freeman.chari/posts/10218031037783100

Thank you all!
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Quick update. We have so far released US$46K to Miracle Missions for Food & Medical support. $28K has been used for reconstruction.
- Rimbi was completed.
- Mt Selinda we roofed part of their computer lab and Blair toilets are now at slub level.
- Tafara High Sch toilets: we took over form wellwishers led by Pardon Gambakwe who had built until slub level is close to completion
- Mandara Pri Sch we`re are meeting with Provincial leadership to expedite the release of bricks & concrete
- Ngangu we are facing more challenges. We have been visited by multiple govt inspectors. We have had to use special bricks for the septics in Ngangu. We have had to buy bricks from Mutare & Chipinge becoz farm brick don't meet standards. We can't use stones from locals because they insist on 19mm We are seriously contemplating reducing the scope of help for them

We paid $600 to help with transportation costs of 30 tons of donations by Zimbabeans in South Africa. GoFundMe took about $5K as fees. We are currently left with about $25K the bulk of which is for repairs and reconstruction.

The pictures below are the different stages of construction for Tafara, Mt Selinda and Ngangu toilets

Thank you folks!
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$105,600 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 2,160 people in 2 months
Created 16 March 2019
Team Zimbabwe
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