Church in Mozambique starts flood relief effort

United Methodist News Service

The United Methodist Church and relief agencies worldwide are responding to devastating floods in Mozambique that displaced some 200,000 people and left at least 100 dead.

The UMC in Mozambique has raised money and organized relief efforts on the ground, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief is accepting donations through its International Disaster Response Advance #982450.

Bishop Joaquina Nhanala

In addition, the Mozambique Initiative of the Missouri Conference in the U.S. is partnering with local churches throughout the southeast African country to respond. The initiative forwarded $15,000 and is working closely with churches in Mozambique that have contributed supplies, food, clothing, and funds from special offerings.

The Virginia Conference also sent $10,000 from its Initiatives of Hope fund.

“With the rain season still taking place right now, the number of victims is increasing,” the Rev. Joao Sambo, pastor of Liberdade UMC in Maputo, reported in a Feb. 21 email to the Rev. Glenn Rowley of the Virginia Conference. “There is a lot of dirty water almost everywhere, proper for mosquito breeding, let alone many areas which are basically swamp. . . . If we can provide mosquito nets now in this emergency period, we would reduce the number of fatalities.”

Through the Missouri-Mozambique partnership, two distributions of food, clothing and water have been made to the residents of Chokwe and Chibuto, two towns hit hardest by flooding.

The conference leadership of Mozambique, including Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala, delivered rice, beans, porridge, corn meal, oil, sugar, hygiene material, clothing and clean water to families. The flood relief task force on the ground in Mozambique indicated this distribution gave a lifeline to numerous families in need.

Bishop Nhanala said the local churches’ response is “very positive; our congregations are giving their support in several ways.” She also expressed gratitude for the help they’ve received from United Methodists abroad.

United Nations agencies also began food relief early in February as well as efforts to minimize maternal and child deaths from the disaster.

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