Last March, a catastrophic cyclone by the name of Cyclone Idai devastated portions of Zimbabwe leaving hundreds dead and many more missing.

“In some parts of these regions whole families were swept away by the water that had flooded the rivers or were submerged in mud and rock slides,” reported Margaret Makambira , executive director of Shinga Development Trust, a longtime partner of Bread and Water for Africa®.

In the aftermath of the terrible storm, Margaret learned of a school in the area known as Chipinge which had suffered extensive damage, and that the people living the surrounding community had no food.

“Due to the devastation, most families lost part of their houses with some losing their crops,” she told us. “In this regard, most families now had to rely on handouts from well-wishers for survival.”

In a time of great need for the 946 students who attend the school, and the school itself where its latrines had been destroyed, Angela turned to Bread and Water for Africa® for help.

With emergency grant funding from Bread and Water for Africa® new latrines were constructed providing reliable sanitation facilities for the hundreds students who attend the school and their teachers.

“We have averted a health hazard that could have emanated from a lack of proper and adequate toilets,” said Margaret .

In addition, the grant funding, made possible through the generosity of the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® made it possible to feed all 946 students for an entire month.

“In time of need, Bread and Water for Africa® has once again come to the aid for Africa, particularly Zimbabwe.”