Humanitarian Aid

Despite the efforts of continuous sustainable development by different stakeholders, Mozambique continues to be a country prone to tropical storms and climate change disasters, due to its location.

Literature indicates that the changes noted over the past 60 years cannot be attributed to natural forces alone but primarily to human activities and emission of greenhouse gases. Global warming it is argued, is one of the primary reasons for the unprecedented levels of natural disasters (storms, droughts, heat waves, floods, etc.), and these disasters are attributed to just a 1-degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) increase in the global temperature.

 

The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) (2018) further predicted that a temperature change in global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) would result in major economic costs due to human and ecosystems impacts, and these implications might prove unsurmountable for developing countries These disasters always hit the most vulnerable communities, especially women, children and the elderly strongest.

2019 was an atypical year for calamities; unfortunately events we expect to become more frequent in the future because of climate change.  In March 2019 Mozambique was battered by one of the worst natural disasters of the past decades, cyclone IDAI, followed by a second cyclone one weeks later, cyclone Kenneth.

 

Cyclone IDAI was the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit Mozambique. Reaching Mozambique on March 15, it brought strong winds of over 200 km/h, and it was accompanied by heavy rains that caused severe flooding, which killed more than 1,000 people and affected nearly 2 million, especially in Sofala province.  It also affected the provinces of Manica, Zambézia, Inhambane and Tete.

 

Days after the cyclone, the Pungúe and Buzi rivers burst the banks and water levels rose so fast that many people lost their lives while survivors’ few possessions they had left behind were destroyed by the fast rising water levels. The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, said it was “one of the worst disasters” in the southern hemisphere, as the rapid increase in waters caused an “inland ocean” in Mozambique.

 

As ADPP who have been working closely with the Mozambican farmers for many years, we have seen the fast growing impact of climate change on people’s livelihoods, in particular on the livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups of society.

ADPP was one of the first organizations to experience the destruction and impact of a global climate change crisis.  ADPP’s 2 schools in Nhamatanda, Sofala Province, were badly damaged and over 2,250 farmers from the Farmers’ Club Project affected lost their main source of livelihoods.  The devastations wreaked havoc on the Second Hand Clothes, Shoes Sales and Sorting Centre in Beira infrastructures, nearly destroying everything in its wake.   Due to ADPP’s ever presence in the community, when disaster struck, ADPP is often among the first organizations to step in and provide humanitarian and development support so that families can start over again, while their resilience is fortified.

ADPP believes that people have the capacity and resilience to lead happy and fulfilled life and that is why we courageously intervene when there is a crisis. We strive to save lives whiles strengthening communities so that they are able to cope with future crises.  Only when these communities can prevent the impact of future disasters in their lives will they be in total control of their future.

 

ADPP launched an initiative called “Start Over again” where, in collaboration with of several partners, managed to provide shelter, mosquito nets (for prevention of malaria) and seeds (fast maturing crops) for food security for approximately 70,000 people.

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