By Tonderai Ndemera recently in Bikita
Local charity organisation Adam Molai Foundation on Wednesday stretched its helping hand to Masvingo province where it reached out to several families affected by Cyclone Idai in Bikita district.
Hundreds of families lost their homes in Bikita, Zaka and Gutu districts in Masvingo province due to the Cyclone-induced rains two weeks ago.
Attention was focused more on Chipinge and Chimanimani districts in Manicaland province where the cyclone was more devastating compelling the Adam Molai Foundation to chip in with relief aid for Bikita families.
A team led by the organisation’s operations manager Nomagugu Matibiri handed over goods that included blankets, sugar, beans, rice, water and clothes, among others to authorities for onward disbursement to affected families at the Bikita district administrator’s offices.
“Bikita is one of the areas that was affected by the cyclone receiving heavy rains that destroyed homes, drowned livestock and swept away bridges. Eight people, including two infants also died,” said Matibiri.
“It’s overwhelming to witness the damage and listen to first hand tales of the ordeal and understand how so much can change within a space of a day, hours even.
“So, we decided to pass through Masvingo, share with them and show our support of their recovery as we proceed to deliver the goods to Chimanimani.”
Acting district administrator for Bikita Innocent Matingwine who received the donation on behalf of the community said the relief efforts would go a long way in assisting the affected families.
“We are very grateful as a district for all the support we continue to receive from companies, religious and charity organisations and government,” Matingwine said.
“It is on this strong support that we will build ourselves up back into a vibrant community beyond this horrid disaster.”
Matingwine appealed for help in the form of building materials to rehabilitate infrastructure.
Several schools and buildings were destroyed while 300 families lost their homes.
Bikita East MP Johnson Madhuku welcomed relief aid.
“Bikita being a high human and wildlife conflict zone, shelter should definitely be on top of the priority list,” he said.