Over the weekend, Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. 90% of the city of Beira in Mozambique has been severely damaged or destroyed, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, and the death toll continues to rise as relief efforts take place on the ground.
This is what we know so far about the damage to the centres:
Young Africa Agri-Tech Dondo Campus:
- The admin block in the Agri-Tech campus has been damaged, with all computers and the library being destroyed.
- We fear mass death among farm animals. Just 200 of the 5000 chickens have survived. We do not yet know about cows etc.
- Incubation facilities (poultry): roof gone and structure partially damaged.
- Cow sheds in Dondo have completely collapsed
- Pig sty's damaged
- SERVE greenhouses completely destroyed
- Toilet block in Dondo is completely destroyed
- Students and staff are stranded in Dondo with no access to food, clean and safe drinking water or medication.
- Staff and students have lost all of their belongings, and we are aware that staff have lost their homes.
- 7 of 12 solar panels destroyed
- Canteen partially destroyed
- Hostels partially damaged - roof and windows gone
Young Africa Manga Campus:
- Hall at Young Africa Manga campus destroyed. Roof, doors and windows all gone
- Hostel on the Manga campus has lost it's roof and windows. With rains continuing, the structure needs reinforcing as it is deteriorating.
- Ceiling in computer department is gone
- Warehouse has lost its roof
- Roof and ceiling of classroom block destroyed
- Roofs have been ripped off the classrooms, creche, admin blocks and schools and we do not know if the buildings are safe.
- The restaurant which is a place of learning and entrepreneurship, has been severely damaged and we believe the building is no longer structurally sound.
- Water tanks collapsed
- Toilet block roofing gone
- Cracks in library roof, it is leaking
- Ground floor of school / admin block is cracked and leaking
- Store room completely destroyed
The impact that Cyclone Idai has had on Young Africa's Beira and Dondo campuses is devastating.
This is a breaking story that we will update as we receive the information.
Beira has been home to Young Africa and SERVE volunteers for over 10 years. Young Africa has been supporting young people in Mozambique to live independently through practical and life skills training for over 10 years. Please donate what you can to support the relief efforts to allow Young Africa to rebuild and continue their life-enhancing work with young people in Beira and Dondo.