Jersey gives £180,000 to Cyclone Idai Emergency
Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) has committed £180,000 in response to the ongoing emergency in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe following Cyclone Idai’s landfall earlier this month.
The Island’s contribution will be split between the British Red Cross (£73,333) CARE International (£70,000) and UNICEF (£36,667) and will support ongoing efforts in providing life-saving assistance including interventions in health, shelter, protection, nutrition and education.
Jersey’s Minister for International Development and Chair of JOA, Deputy Carolyn Labey, said ‘Cyclone Idai’s impact has had a devastating effect on communities in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe with a significant number of deaths and hundreds of thousands displaced. There has been widespread destruction of households and infrastructure as well as livelihoods and farmland which is of huge concern. These funds will support the humanitarian agencies at the frontline and I am, as always, proud that our Island has responded.’
The British Red Cross, CARE International and UNICEF are longstanding partners of JOA and all have the necessary country knowledge, resources and expertise to ensure that the aid is delivered effectively and as quickly as possible. Since its landfall on the 14th March Cyclone Idai has claimed nearly 700 lives and it is estimated that 1.85 million people are in need of urgent assistance.