The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £45,000 to Plan International UK to help support the nearly three million people whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Idai. Plan International UK is working to help survivors, including young women and children, who are at particular risk.
This grant will allow Plan International UK to help thousands of people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe to access clean water, as well as tarpaulins, plastic sheets and other emergency supplies.
Over 750 people have died in the three countries on the south-east coast of Africa with Mozambique suffering the highest human fatalities. As the death toll continues to rise, over 260,000 children have been affected in the country and at least 350,000 people are at risk from rising flood waters.
In Malawi, close to a million people have been affected, including nearly half a million children.
David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said:
“Cyclone Idai has devastated the lives of many thousands of people, with, as usual, women and children bearing the brunt of the suffering. I’m very pleased that the Masonic Charitable Foundation was able to move so quickly and provide funds for Plan International UK’s vital work at the heart of the disaster zone.”