By Conrad Mwanza, United Kingdom
ZIMBABWE ambassador to the UK Colonel (Rtd) Christian Katsande has announced the formation of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Co-ordinating Committee for Disaster Relief (ZDCCDR) following the Cyclone Idai disaster that ravaged parts of Manicaland causing massive loss of life and damage to property.
The taskforce is a joint initiative between the embassy and the Zimbabwean diaspora community in the UK. This follows a meeting held 18 March between the parties.
The formation of the group is aimed at mobilising funds that would come in handy during times of national disaster just as has just been witnessed.
Following its formation, ZDCCDR was immediately seized with the raising of funds as well as donations of water treatment tablets, boreholes, medicines, clothes, tents, sanitation products, health safety products and building materials to meet the needs of survivors of Cyclone Idai.
The initiative is a direct response by the diaspora community in attempts to mitigate the effects of the region’s worst natural disaster in decades.
President Emmerson Mnangangwa has declared the cyclone a State of Disaster and further proclaimed two days of national mourning for nearly 150 people who lost their lives.
ZDCCDR will be chaired by Deputy Ambassador Elisha Karodza.
The newly formed philanthropic group has put in place sub-committees which will work together in appealing for aid and co-ordinating with the wider diaspora community and well-wishers.
A gofund page (https://www.gofundme.com/2ab6uq-zimbabwe-cyclone-idai-disastehttps://www.gofundme.com/2ab6uq-zimbabwe-cyclone-idai-disaster) has been set up in the meantime.
The committee was Friday set to prepare fliers with full details on how to donate as well as collection points.
Contact details: Zympay and Cassava Remit zympay – 07968029227 Dhakesh Patel and Tendai Nyakudya for Cassava Remit on 07752939059.
The response from the diaspora comes at a time when rescue and rebuilding efforts are underway in Zimbabwe following an overwhelming show of empathy by individuals and organisations in mobilising material assistance towards affected families.
Chimanimani and Chipinge and surrounding eastern parts of Zimbabwe are the most affected.
Those willing to help in any way can contact the Embassy or any of the sub-Committees.
ZDCCR Chairperson Deputy Ambassador E. Karodza on 07968029227/ 07752939095 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Knox Chitiyo (Communication) 07903150506
Hilda Madanhi (financial services) 07949396423
Izzy Mutanhaurwa (logistics) 07413351322
Chris Masikati (infrastructure) 07886707182