Disaster Relief Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai, one of the worst disasters to hit Southern Africa, devastated much of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Cyclone Kenneth brought additional damage to Mozambique. Over 2.5 million people are in need of immediate assistance.

Cross Catholic Outreach is collaborating with local Catholic partners to provide much-needed food and shelter to affected families and children.

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Situation Report

Cyclone Idai made landfall on Mozambique twice: first as a tropical depression, dumping torrential rain over Malawi and Mozambique, and then 11 days later, as a strong Category two hurricane.

Heaviest damage occurred in Beira, Mozambique, where the port city was flattened. Weak structures lead to 90% of buildings being damaged or destroyed, and many were killed or injured by debris. The storm surge reached 6 meters (19.69 feet). Relief efforts were delayed, because the city was cut off from the rest of the country.  

An estimated 260,000 children are affected and are in desperate conditions (UNICEF). The projected death toll is over 1,000.

According to the UN, this cyclone may be the worst ever disaster to hit southern Africa and the southern Hemisphere. An estimated 2.5 million people need immediate assistance in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.

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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps to breaks the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.


Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2019, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.