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InterAction Members Respond to the Victims of the Floods in Southern Africa 25 Feb 2000

Press Contact: Shanta Bryant, 202-667-8227 x115
NGO Contacts: James Bishop, Director of Humanitarian Response, 202-667-8227, x104
Tony Stitt, Senior Program Associate, x106
The following list was produced by InterAction, a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, development and refugee assistance agencies. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.

Flooding, caused by weeks of torrential rain and exacerbated by a recent cyclone, have devastated parts of southern Africa, leaving nearly 100 feared dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland were severely affected by the floods; Mozambique was the hardest hit. The following InterAction members are responding to the immediate humanitarian needs of those most affected in flood-stricken areas.

InterAction members listed below are accepting contributions for assistance they or their affiliates are providing to victims of the floods in Southern Africa. Visit the following links for further information:

Reliefweb for up-to-date information on Southern Africa

InterAction's Guide to Appropriate Giving and Donations.

American Friends Service Committee
Southern Africa Emergency Fund
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(888) 588-2372 ext 1

Episcopal Church / The Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief
c/o Banker's Trust Company
P.O. Box 12043
Newark, NJ 07101
(800) 334-7626 ext. 5129

Air Serv International
PO Box 3014
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 793-2627

Food for the Hungry
7729 E. Greenway Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(800) 2-HUNGER

American Jewish World Service
Southern Africa Flood Relief
989 Avenue of the Americas, 10th floor
New York, NY 10018

Lutheran World Relief
PO Box 17061
Baltimore MD 21298-9832
(800) 597-5972

Baptist World Aid
6733 Curran Street
McLean, VA 22101-6005
"Southern Africa Flood Relief"
(703) 790-8980

MAP International
Emergency Relief Fund
2100 Glynco Pkwy.
Brunswick, GA 31521-5000
(800) 225-8550

Brother's Brother Foundation/Southern Africa
African floods
1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 3005
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-2341
(412) 321-3160

World Service Office
Southern Africa Floods
PO Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313
(703) 684-5528

151 Ellis Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-2439
(404) 681-2552

Save the Children
PO Box 975- M
Westport CT, 06881

Concern Worldwide US Inc
104 East 40th Street, Room 903
New York, NY 10016
(212) 557 8000

United States Fund for UNICEF
Mozambique Floods
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 922-2659

Church World Service
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, Indiana 46515
Earmark: Southern Africa Floods
(800) 297-1516

World Relief
Dept. 3
Wheaton, IL 60189
(800) 535-5433

Direct Relief International
27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
(805) 964-4767

World Vision
Mozambique Disaster Fund
P.O. Box 70288
Tacoma, Washington 98481-0288
(888) 56CHILD (English)
(888) 511-6566 (Spanish)

Details of InterAction Member Assistance in Southern Africa

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
(update Feb 25, 00)

AFSC is collecting funds and working in partnership with local partner NGOs and with AFSC staff based in Mozambique to direct assistance where it is most needed. AFSC has been active in Mozambique since 1975.

Air Serv
(update Feb 25, 00)

Since the cyclone hit, Air Serv has been doing aerial survey flights, and have just recently begun an airlift of food under a short term program with WFP. They have imported a Cessna Caravan aircraft and crew from South Africa to supplement their own fleet and crews. Air Serv can assist other NGO's or government agencies who want to provide assistance and need transport. Agencies should call (909) 793-2627 or e-mail

Brother's Brother Foundation
(update Feb 25, 00)

Brother's Brother Foundation is chanelling resources to Madagascar in cooperation with its partner agency, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran Evangelical Church in America. This Synod is directly linked to the Malagasy Lutheran Church and the island-wide medical outreach program they created. BBF is also partnered with Baptist World Aid and its affiliates to channel resources to Mozambique.

Presiding Bishop's Fund
(update Feb 25, 00)

The Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief has sent a $25,000 emergency grant to the Diocese of Lebombo, Mozambique to assist them with relief efforts.

Baptist World Aid
(update Feb 25, 00)

Baptist World Aid has made an initial grant of $5,000 available to assist relief efforts BWAid's help will be channeled through the Baptist Convention of Mozambique, and funds will be used to provide water purification tablets, medicines, and food. A boys home run by the Convention in Maputo has suffered severe damage, and BWAid will be considering assisting in its repair.

(update Feb 25, 00)

CARE in Mozambique did an assessment and started immediate response activities in Maputo, one of the worst affected provinces, with an allocation of $30,000. The allocation will be used for clearance and reinforcement of existing drainage systems and erosion ravine control.

Concern Worldwide
(update Feb 25, 00)

Concern Worldwide is supplying relief goods (rice, beans, oil and sugar) to 2,800 families in Maputo province and is hoping to extend this to Gaza province. We have a health and sanitation expert carrying out an assessment of sanitation needs in camps in Northern Maputo Province which house those displaced by the flooding. Concern Worldwide also has a long term development program in Mozambique and is using logistics and administration systems already established in the country.

Church World Service
(update Feb 25, 00)

Church World Service is responding to the sheltering needs of the affected populations in Mozambique, providing blankets and health kits for distribution by partners (Mozambique Council of Churches) on the ground. Further needs assessments are underway.

Direct Relief Interational
(updated Feb 25, 00)

Direct Relief will send medical commodities to in-country NGO's, pending the receipt of needs lists.

Food for the Hungry
(update Feb 25, 00)

Food for the Hungry (FH) is assisting flood victims in Sofala province of Mozambique. They are further exploring whether to provide aid to flooded areas near Maputo, where they operate child development program activities.

Lutheran World Relief
(update Feb 25, 00)

Lutheran World Relief is helping provide emergency food, basic shelter and resettlement to safer areas for people who fleeing their homes because of extensive flooding in Mozambique and South Africa. In Mozambique, a Lutheran World Relief partner agency is extending aid to 7,000 families. In South Africa, food, blankets and temporary shelter are being prepared for as many as 17,000 families. Lutheran World Relief has sent emergency funds of $30,000 and is accepting donations for further assistance to flood survivors. LWR is a member of the international emergency alliance, Action by Churches Together.

MAP International
(update Feb 25, 00)

MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs) is intending to respond to the healthcare and hygiene needs of the people in this region through the provision of essential medicines and healthcare supplies. Water purification supplies are being collected for inclusion in initial air shipments.

Salvation Army
(update Feb 25, 00)

In South Africa, the Salvation Army has been purchasing food locally and sending truck loads to needy areas for distribution. In Mozambique, the Salvation Army is distributing 200,000 pounds of food through a feeding program. Once immediate needs are met and a full assessment is completed, the Salvation Army expects to be involved in reconstruction and providing materials to families to rebuild their homes.

Save the Children (STC)
(update Feb 25, 00)

Save the Children Federation / USA is providing support in 4 districts of Gaza Province: Chibuto, Manjacaze, Xai Xai and Bilene with activities in health, education and agriculture. STC is refining a plan to provide health support to six relocation centers in Gaza Province, with a focus on cholera prevention and diarrheal management. STC will also provide seed baskets to some 3,000 of the hardest-hit families in Gaza. Assistance will be provided to UNICEF to re-supply and clean up schools. STC is providing potable water and survival kits in relocation centers throughout Gaza province. STC will continue to assist the Government with needs assessments, coordination and the development of emergency plans.

(update Feb 25, 00)

UNICEF is providing assistance to prevent the outbreak of cholera and malaria by providing medical supplies and medicines and training the population to identify these conditions.

World Relief
(update Feb 25, 00)

World Relief is involved with distribution of emergency medicines to prevent malaria, cholera and other flood-related diseases, the distribution of seeds and tools to aid in replanting of crops, the shipment of sufficient food to keep key markets functioning in order to impede a further economic crisis, and assistance in the reconstruction of housing.

World Vision
(update Feb 25, 00)

World Vision is planning to distribute food, survival kits, and tools once the water level decreases. They plan to assist 1,117 families (approximately 5,700 people) with 23 MT of food a week, and then, as soon as possible, 1,500 families with survival and recovery kits.