Last weekend, 99 people were killed overnight in Malawi as mudslides caused by Cyclone Freddy swept away houses and their sleeping occupants. Over a thousand have been displaced so far.
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization has said that Cyclone Freddy is on track to becoming the longest lasting tropical storm on record. Moreover, it’s “rare” and dangerous loop trajectory meant many areas were hit twice.
Although it has also hit Madagascar and Mozambique, Malawi has by far borne the brunt of its destructive path. High poverty rates mean people living in poorly built housing and with no resources to help them through the storm have been left completely vulnerable to the effects of the cyclone.
To assist with Cyclone Freddy relief efforts, Crafted Africa has donated money, water, water treatments and other essential supplies to some extraordinary homegrown relief efforts. But it is nowhere near enough.
If you would like to help, please consider donating to one of the causes below. The people of Malawi are known and loved around the world for their resilience and positivity – but right now, they need help. If you can, please donate.
Onjezani is a brilliant Malawian currently working as an auditor with the UN in Geneva. He has over 12 years of financial and administrative experience, which he has selflessly used to mobilise funds from across the world and organise relief efforts in times of crisis in Malawi.
He is well-known for having almost independently executed an effective and transparent COVID-19 response. He is now doing the same thing for the victims of Cyclone Freddy. Not only is he organising funds from across the world and bringing together citizens and businesses to forward the cause, he is also posting proof of all payments received, money spent, account balances and activities through his personal Facebook page. He has even invited auditing companies to provide pro-bono audits of his efforts. This level of transparency is rare even in established non-governmental organisations.
The Round Table is a non-political, non-sectarian, charitable organisation for men between the ages of 18 and 40. Its members organise and engage in social and community service activities in the communities in which it operates.
Crafted Africa has supported a variety of their initiatives including a beer festival that raised funds to support various charities, including those focusing on tackling breast awareness. Last year Crafted Africa supported their Golf Day, which raised funds to build a community school.