Malawi Appeal 2019
Based upon news reports and direct feedback from our missionaries in the field we are highly concerned about the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai on the people in Malawi, as well as our missionary work in the country. The government reports that 925,000 people have been impacted by the Cyclone and by the heavy rainfall and flooding in early March.
Current reports indicate that at least 56 people have died in Malawi and 577 have been injured.
There is no running water. The disruption of water treatment and expected contamination of the water supply has produced a concern of a potential outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera or typhoid.
More than 83,000 people are estimated to be displaced because their homes have been partially or completely destroyed, leaving the inhabitants in need of housing assistance. Household items and clothing have been swept away. Most of the displaced are living in camps or makeshift sites at schools.
Many of these sites do not have sufficient toilets or bathing facilities for the numbers staying there.
In a country highly dependent upon agriculture, this year’s crops have been wiped out and seeds for next year’s crops have been seriously impacted. This is a country already recognized as one of the 10 poorest in the world. This disaster is considered by many experts as a long-lasting humanitarian crisis.
There is no electricity, as well as no phones or internet.
We have established a Cyclone Idai Fund to give our missionaries the financial resources to provide basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, clean water and medical supplies to the people in their community. We assure you that 100% of your donation will go directly to assisting these people in need.
Saint Patrick Father Michael Moore, in our Chicago Office, has been placed in charge of the fund. Father Moore spent 10 years (1984-1994) as a missionary in Malawi. He lived through the 1989 drought and floods in Malawi and knows first-hand about the experience of helping people dealing with a natural disaster. People who are already considered among the poorest in the world. Father Moore will work directly with Saint Patrick Bishop John Ryan in Mzuzu, Malawi, who will help to identify need and channel our funds to respond to those needs.
If you wish to contribute:
Please send a check, made payable to St Patrick Fathers, Ref: Cyclone Idai and mail it to:
The Cyclone Idai Fund
Saint Patrick’s Missionary Society
8422 West Windsor Avenue
Chicago, ILL 60656-4252
Or donate online today by clicking this button.
No contribution is too small.
Thank you for considering our request.
Fr Michael Madigan
Fr Michael Moore