Two Million Rand Aid Package for Zimbabwe Floods

Great progress has been made in preparation for responding to the floods in Zimbabwe. Total co-operation has been extended by the Zimbabwe Government to facilitate unhindered passage of all our supplies through the Zimbabwe border to Masvingo region where the flood affected families are in transit camps. Distribution will be carried out personally by Gift of the Givers teams. The Zimbabwe Government has allowed free and full access to any media wanting to cover the affected area. Deputy Head of the Zimbabwe High Commission in South Africa, Mr Samuel C. Mhango, with his team, visited our Logistics Centre in Bramley yesterday to extend a personal "thank you" and assist fast track the administration process. DIRCO has also offered all assistance necessary.

Two million rand of supplies are already packed in our vehicles and are ready for departure. Mr Samuel requested a borehole for drinking water purposes. We have authorised that.  He will get back to us on the need for medical teams and supplies for the hospitals in the disaster region. Reports received from the ground yesterday indicate that the number of families arriving at transit camps is increasing and that food stocks will be depleted soon. The aid package presently consists of food, blankets, new clothing, mattresses, towels, personal and environmental hygiene packs, water buckets and intravenous fluids. We are still working on procuring plastic sheeting, tents, water purification tablets and sanitation items to deal with the problem of a lack of toilets. Mosquito nets may also be a necessity. Contribution of any of these items will be most welcome. Cash contributions can be made into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account No. 052137228, Branch Code 057525.  Please send contact details by fax or email for acknowledgement purposes. SMS "GIFT" followed by an amount between R5 and R200 to 30100  from your Vodacom number or to 42600 from all other networks at a cost of R30 per sms. Eg. "Gift R50". Details 0800786911.

Information Required on Zimbabwe Floods

We need assistance from anybody well acquainted with Zimbabwe and the situation there.  From various quarters we have received information that the floods are severe, they expanding, the number of affected people are increasing and the situation is dire with people starving, thirsty and in need of urgent medical attention, the greatest impact being on children once again.  We are told

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Zimbabwe Floods

Gift of the Givers received disturbing information today that 10 000 have drowned in Zimbabwe Floods and the crisis is declared a national disaster. 50 000 affected, numbers increasing. People are hungry, thirsty and in need of urgent health care. Gift of the Givers is verifying the information and is ready to respond.

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Gift of the Givers Prepares to Respond

It was wonderful to get such a fantastic response from so many of you trying to verify what was happening in Zimbabwe following the heavy rains. Thank you for your efforts. We must admit that the information is extremely varied and difficult to get a clear picture. It seems that the person who told us that 10 000 had drowned actually meant that 10 000 people had been displaced. This is our

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