Cape Town: John and Avril Thomas, the Founders of Cape Town-based Living Hope Organisation, have pulled a massive donation to the cyclone Idai victims who are still counting losses after a bad weather spell barreled through the country killing and displacing many people.
Living Hope is a Christian non-profit organisation whose vision is to reach people for Christ, bringing hope and breaking the despair of poverty and disease.
“We must do all we can to break the oppression of poverty and, by our actions and preaching, show people how much Jesus loves them and how He can meet their needs,” John Thomas believes.
The donations which include blankets, clothes, groceries and sanitary ware have been dispatched to Zimbabwe for free via Chihwa Tours – a Zimbabwean bus company plying the Cape Town-Harare route.
The consignment which was collected and warehoused at the Zimbabwean Consulate also included donations by fellow Zimbabweans living in Cape Town who, during the peak of the cyclone, send two full trailers of items.
The Zimbabwean consulate head by Mr Boniface Mugobogobo facilitated all the paperwork for the smooth transit of the donations through Beitbridge border post.
In Zimbabwe, the cash-strapped government is still struggling to provide basics for the cyclone victims at a time the harsh economic climate characterized by inflation is adding more misery.
The Mnangagwa-led administration alone failed to assist the struggling cyclone victims most of whom are in the northern and eastern parts of the country – on the border with Mozambique.
Cyclone Idai killed at least 732 in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi people and displaced thousands, according to the United Nations.