Updated 29 October 2019

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At the end of March 2004 a powerful cyclone hit the Island of Madagascar. Local government reports said that as many as 150,000 people had been left homeless by the storm and that a small number of people had been killed. The worst hit region was around Antalaha, Ambanja and Ambilobe, but the whole of Madagascar was affected in some way. The cyclone entered from the northeast coast into Vohemar. Sambava, Andapa and Antalaha where it reached its highest speed and almost destroyed the city and environing areas.

Rebuilding lives in Kumi. Uganda

The Northern region of Uganda was severely affected in recent years by ongoing conflict. In November 2003 a Relief Fund grant was sent to the Diocese of Kumi to help purchase emergency food supplies, blankets and mosquito nets for the displaced people who had recently arrived from the neighbouring Diocese of Soroti.

In Ambilobe and Ambanja. many people suffered from massive floods as the main rivers overflowed. In some places a few villages literally disappeared. Mahajanga and Marovoay were also badly affected as were the Southern parts of the country. Farms and rice-fields were destroyed and cattle have drowned in the floods. The people were In urgent need of food supplies and basic medical supplies,

A Relief Fund grant was immediately sent to help the Mothers' Union in all five dioceses in Madagascar (Antsiranana, Antananarivo, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga and Toamasina) purchase ermergency food and medical supplies for those in need.

Although the situation in Northern Uganda remains unstable many people are beginning to think of starting to rebuild their lives. The Mothers' Union in Kumi would like to help the displaced people in this task. As many people fled their homes without any of their possessions, the Mothers' Union in Kumi is helping them with gifts of some seeds (groundnuts, millet, sorghum, maize), cassava cuttings, hoes, and domestic items such as pots and pans.

A grant from the Relief Fund was sent in May 2004 to help the Mothers' Union in Kumi purchase these items.

MU Worker Mrs Jane Akabwal distributing aid to the displaced people. This grandmother is now looking after twenty children after her four sons died of AIDS.