Driven by young people committed to seeing more lives saved, Higherlife Foundation  and Delta Philanthropies, are inviting other young people to join their campaign in a bid to support and stand with other young people impacted by Cyclone Idai that hit Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi on 15 March 2019.

“When cyclone IDAI hit, we saw images and videos of people standing in queues with donations. Inspired by their tenacity and generosity, we have decided to ‘join the queue’, bringing together Africans, all over the world, who want to help in what has become the biggest humanitarian crisis to hit the region,” says Elizabeth Masiyiwa, Executive Director of Delta Philanthropies.

The model of the campaign is simple: give and share.

1. GIVE: We have set up a crowdfunding campaign for individuals and partners to contribute to efforts on the ground to all three countries.

2. SHARE: On Wednesday, March 27th, at 1 PM GMT, we will begin with a coordinated social media blast. Alongside our crowdfunding goal, we want to tell a compelling story that Africans and friends of Africa can stand together in response to the crisis. We know that some cannot give, but they can use their voice to stand with those affected.

Pledge Idai ’s appeal goal is to raise $200,000 in 45 days through a GoFundMe page. With Delta Philanthropies, Higherlife Foundation and partners on the ground, our response strategy will seek to recover, restore and rebuild. Floods and winds destroyed businesses, schools, clinics, churches, roads and communications infrastructure. The devastation of this disaster has left whole parts of towns in Mozambique under water.

Cyclone Idai: The Numbers

750 killed
Thousands of homeless
900,000 children orphaned, separated and displaced
2.5 million people affected
Contributions will go beyond providing for immediate needs such as water and shelter. The goal is to enable affected groups to gain the strength and self-confidence to make a fresh start, rebuild their homes, go back to work, return to the classroom and reclaim their rightful role in society. Delta Philanthropies will match the same, doubling any return on investment.

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