Our team continues to work with local and national government and other international NGO’s to provide relief for cyclone victims. Park Staff are working hard to provide emergency relief to the surrounding communities, and ensure that normal life returns to peoples lives as soon as possible. To date, more than 220 metric tonnes of food and water, mosquito nets and supplies have been delivered to nearly 40,000 people who lost everything to Cyclone Idai. This is in addition to 2.5 tonnes of maize seed and 13 tonnes of sugar bean seed to nearby communities so they can replant crops lost to the storms. Thank you for your donations that are helping provide these supplies. The Park re-opened May 1st for tourism.
For more info on visiting the park, contact [email protected] We still anticipate selling Gorongosa coffee later this year.
Instead of using our secure Paypal donation system, donors may wish to deposit directly to the following account in Mozambique. Please use the reference "Idai Relief" when sending funds this way.
Standard Bank Mozambique
Account No 2013405801002
Account name GREGORY C CARR FOUNDATION
How has Cyclone Idai affected Mozambique?
On March 14, 2019, Cyclone Idai hit the center of Sofala Province, where Gorongosa National Park is located.
The PNG team, which had prepared beforehand to respond quickly with relief for the affected communities in the Park Buffer Zone. Despite the rains still underway, the team immediately started an operation to assist those communities whose houses and crops had been destroyed, to bring food and prevent the loss of more human lives.
The PNG team had purchased 50 tons of food and started assembling emergency food kits at the Park's warehouse in Gorongosa Village. Each was filled with the staple foods a family needs to survive for several days. This coordination of actions enabled the Park Rangers to start delivering food through boats to the first families in flooded areas. They were the first responders of relief and assistance in some flooded area of the Pungwe basin. With the arrival of a helicopter rented by the Park in South Africa, which arrived very quickly as weather conditions allowed, food delivery to more isolated communities and families was strengthened and intensified. Subsequently a second helicopter also brought by the Park joined the assistance and rescue operations, expanding its area of coverage to larger areas of the buffer zone and complementing the ongoing actions by river, land and air.
In addition to the distribution of food, the Park Rangers carried out rescue operations for people who had taken shelter on top of trees, termite mounds and roofs of houses, which was reinforced with the arrival of the aerial means rented by the Park. The Park then began a more methodical job of assisting and distributing kits, in close coordination with local leaders, who ensured in an orderly and organized manner that food arrived without exception at all the families in those places of distribution. As the cyclone victim community assistance program expanded, all PNG Departments, including the Departments of Operations, Conservation, Human and Scientific Development, became involved in this process, from kits, distribution and relief, logistics , communications and transportation, emergency rehabilitation of infrastructures, planning and coordination with national and international authorities and organizations, turning them into humanitarian workers.
Since the beginning of the tragedy the Conservation and Scientific Departments of the Park have collected, compiled and examined data and information on floods and relief and assistance activities, identifying the most affected communities in order to optimize the distribution of food kits. The PNG team established from the outset contact and continues to work in coordination with governmental authorities at various levels, with local leaders, with INGC, the Red Cross and other national and international organizations to provide multifaceted assistance to cyclone victims. Park staff are working hard to provide emergency help to neighboring communities and ensure that normal life returns to people's daily lives as quickly as possible.
PNG thanks the WFP and African Parks as well as all those who made donations to the Cyclone Idai Relief Fund
The Park reopened May 1 for tourism activities, and intensive work is under way to recover destroyed or damaged infrastructure, namely access to the Park and circulation inside. For more information on how to visit the Park, visit www.gorongosa.org or contact [email protected]
How does the fund work?
The Gorongosa National Park Cyclone Relief Fund is linked to our parent organisation in the USA. The funds will be collected and transferred into our Mozambican operational account. We assure you that your contribution will be directly used for emergency relief work on the ground. Our normal operations are fully funded and we do not need to raise salaries and other overheads.
Thank you all for your thoughts, for your prayers, and for your patience as we work to return to normal.