In mid-March this year, parts of Manicaland, rich agricultural lands in eastern Zimbabwe, were devastated by Cyclone Idai.

The cyclone brought rain, flooding and landslides, but worse was the devastation as a dam burst its banks sending huge rocks, some over 10 tons, down the valley, destroying homes, crops and livelihoods.

The Diocese of Manicaland provided shelter in their schools and churches in the aftermath, bringing comfort to the bereaved, care for the injured, and food for those who had lost everything before the larger agencies came with support. The church has worked closely with other agencies to ensure the most vulnerable were not left out.

The cyclone has felt like the final straw breaking people who have already suffered so much.

They have endured a long political crisis that led to an economic crisis with hyperinflation.

In 2016 they were badly affected by drought. These resourceful people are feeling overwhelmed by this latest crisis. To support them the Mothers’ Union is planning trauma healing support.

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Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their
distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.

>> Mary's Story

But the church wants to do more. They are really concerned about the elderly and widows who are living in communal tents, often looking after orphans. The church would like to build them simple homes, away from the danger area.

The government has offered land. 

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As a diocese, we will partner with The Diocese of Manicaland, who will provide cement, bricks and roofing sheets, which we will finance.

The community will then contribute local materials and their labour to construct homes for their needy neighbours. Each home will cost around £900 to build. We are aiming to generate funding for 20 family homes which gives us a target of £18,000.

Can you help these vulnerable people to have a dry home, safe from future storms?

Please help in any way you can.

Donations should be made payable to ‘The Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal’ and sent to Mr Edward Latham, 64 Birkinstyle Lane, Shirland, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6BS.

Harvest Appeal prayer:

Gracious God,

we hold before you the people of Manicaland.

Be a refuge in turmoil of economic challenges  
for those struggling to make ends meet and feed their households.                                

Be a safe haven for those most vulnerable:
the elderly, the disabled and the orphans.

Bless the work to provide the shelter of new homes
for those who lost everything in Cyclone Idai .

May your people live in peace and unity,
overshadowed by your grace and mercy,

that they might bear witness to your love and protection              
in Jesus Christ our Lord.


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Mary (not her real name) and her husband had a dream for a strong and solid house where their children could growup in safety.

Mary's husband used to travel to South Africa to earn money and, bit by bit, they were gathering the materialsto build their home.

When the cyclone struck, MAry and her family were still living in a mud and thatch hut.

Mary doesn't know what happened during ths chaos of the winds, rain and floods.

Tragically, her husband and two children are still missing.

She fears they are dead.

The flood also swept awayall the building materials the family had bought.

Since the disaster, Mary has been living in a tentwith her surviving child.

The localchurch has given help, bringing food and comfort and ensuring her child stays in the school.

But Mary is traumatisedand longs for safe shelter.

Can you help Mary and other vulnerable people to have a dry home, safe from future storms? 

Donations should be made payable to ‘The Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal’ and sent to Mr Edward Latham, 64 Birkinstyle Lane, Shirland, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6BS.

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Details of the 2019 appeal will be coming soon

Please send donations to:

Edward Latham,
64 Birkinstyle Lane,
DE55 6BS

Cheques should be payable to The Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal.


Printed posters are available from the Bishop's Office, please email: or call 01332 840132.

You can download a copy here

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