Cyclon Idai is devastating the south-eastern Africa, sweeping through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe over the past few day. It may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN.
On March 15th, Cyclone Idai made landfall in the city of Beira, a major port for Mozambique, resulting in significant damage and destruction. 1.7 million people may have been affected, hundreds of lives have been lost, tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of hectares have crop damage resulting from Cyclone Idai.
In Beira, flooding was extensive and the New York Times quoted authorities who estimate “90 percent of the area is completely destroyed.”
It is in Beira that the De La Salle Brothers have a pre-postulancy, community, and educational center known as Centro Educacional e Assistencial La Salle (CEALS) for almost 300 financially poor children from 6 to 17 years of age*.
Cyclone Idai has severely damaged the structures in which the staff members at CEALS live and teach. As Fondazione De La Salle Solidarietà Internazionale ONLUS we hope to raise 200.000 euros which will enable the buildings to be repaired and the educational programs to be resumed.
If you live in the U.S.A. you may follow this link to La Salle International, which is handling the Mozambique appeal in the U.S.
*Operating continuously throughout the entire calendar year, the center provides academic tutoring, homework assistance, counselling, recreational opportunities, and programmed social interactions between students (values training.)
Because these impoverished students lack typical academic support structures they typically drop-out or fail-out of public schools. he CEALS program, however, provides academic support to equip the students for class and enable them to be successful in their studies. And this program works!
These high-risk students stay in school, perform admirably, and pass their qualifying exams for their next year of school.
Information for bank wires
Name of the Bank: Banca Popolare di Sondrio
Address of the Bank: Via Baldo degli Ubaldi 26700167 Roma (RM)
Account Holder: De La Salle Solidarietà Internazionale – ONLUS
Address of the Account Holder: Via Aurelia 476, 00165 Roma (RM)
Account Nr.: 7241X70
International Identification Codes
IBAN code: IT52 R056 9603 2070 00007241X70
BIC or SWIFT code: POSOIT22XXX