Mozambique Flood aid shifts from relief to recovery

from Lutheran World Relief
Published on 27 Jul 2000
Baltimore, July 27, 2000 -- Long-term recovery - for nearly half a million flood survivors - is the focus of current work that Lutheran World Relief is supporting in Mozambique. Providing seeds and tools, re-establishing community health care and repairing schools are among the main goals of the $8.9 million program. Farm-to-market roads will also be rebuilt using 1,000 laborers who will be paid with food. Certain areas will continue to receive food and shelter assistance.
Now is the best time for recovery work because the dry season is in progress. LWR has provided a total of $103,000 in crisis aid for Mozambique, plus $50,000 for a smaller, flood-relief effort in neighboring South Africa. The grants include a recent $35,000 gift from LCMS World Relief.

Mozambique and its immediate neighbors suffered the worst flooding in 25 years after heavy rains in February. Lutheran World Federation assisted a quarter million people during the emergency using relief items either purchased locally or sent by LWR and other members of the Action by Churches Together alliance. Most of LWF's staff were themselves disaster victims.

For more information contact Jonathan Frerichs at Lutheran World Relief, tel: 410-230-2802