19 March 2019

Zimbabwe: Artists Join Efforts to Assist Cyclone Victims

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Praia Nova Village was one of the most affected neighborhoods in Beira. Being a located on the coast, this shanty town of loosely built homes were extremely vulnerable to the high winds and rain. Following the cyclone families are returning trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.

Zimbabwean artists have come forward to offer relief to families affected by cyclone Idai, which is wreaking havoc in the south eastern parts of the country.

This comes after tropical cyclone Idai barreled across the Chimanimani and Chipinge districts of Manicaland destroying schools, homes and churches.

The death toll according to official figures late Monday stood at 98 with hundreds still missing.

Hip hop sensation, Ex Q, Jah Prayzah, Madam Boss, MisRed took to their social media pages appealing for donations in cash or kind, sharing condolence messages to bereaved families.

"Lets join our hands and help those who have been affected by the cyclone. No donation is too small to make a change. Anything you think can assist those in need right now in Chimanimani please bring it over.

"For those with direct access, please send your donations over to Chimanimani. (But) for those who are willing but do not know how to get the stuff there, feel free to bring them over to 31 Hebert Chitepo in Belvedere," wrote Jah Prayzah.

The "Mdhara Vachauya" hitmaker will be delivering donations in the disaster struck areas.

Veteran gospel musician, Michael Mahendere posted:

"Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the cyclone Idai. The scenes are saddening but we know that there is Hope in the God we pray to.

"The relief that comes from Him is permanent and we stand with them during this devastating season."

United Kingdom based businesswoman, Olinda Chapel and artist, Tytan through The Olinda Chapel Foundation also pledged various items to affected people.

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