Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to hit Southern Africa and has devastated large parts of Mozambique as well as areas in Zimbabwe and Malawi. The storm destroyed more than 18,000 homes and the U.N. estimates that over 130,000 people are still in temporary shelters.
Education International (EI) has called on its member organisations to assist with aid to the teachers, their families, students and school communities in these countries.
At its meeting on 8 April 2019 the National Standing Committee of NAPTOSA expressed its heartfelt compassion for the victims of this disaster and pledged its support for the relief assistance requested by EI.
Without the assistance of our members, NAPTOSA will, however, not be able to honour its commitment to contribute to the relief effort. Those devastated by the storm are in urgent need of clothing, blankets (especially with the onset of autumn and winter), non-perishable food products as well as products for hygiene.
NAPTOSA therefore appeals to members to open their hearts and to make contributions of the above-mentioned items, no matter how big or small. Remember, each item contributed is something that those who have lost everything, do not have.
Provincial offices of NAPTOSA will act as collection points. It would be appreciated if contributions could be made by 30 April 2019. Arrangements will be made with relief organisations or NAPTOSA’s counterparts in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to ensure that the contributions reach our colleagues, and their families, affected by this adversity.