3rd April 2019
Since news of Cyclone Idai hit the headlines the Aquabox team has been working flat out to establish secure links with distribution agencies in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique. Following much hard work by our volunteer filter assembly teams and packers we have air-freighted (Wednesday 3rd April) the following aid consignments. These are scheduled to arrive at their destination by 8th/9th April.
To Zimbabwe we have sent 180 Family Filters. Our local partners are the e-Club London Centenary (Zimbabwean Rotary members) and the Zimbabwe Department of Health. These filters have the potential to save over a thousand lives.
To Malawi we have sent 100 Aquabox Gold boxes and 5 Community Filters. In total these have the potential to save 2500+ lives. A further shipment of 250 Gold boxes is planned as follow-up support in July. This is in partnership with CART (Christian African Relief Trust).
For Mozambique we have a consignment of 300 Family Filters and 5 Community Filters ready for despatch. These have the potential to save 3800+ lives. We await distribution assurances before releasing the aid. We aim to provide a further shipment of Gold boxes once duty waiver is assured.
Yemen – in addition to the above, in partnership with JOY (Jubilee Outreach Yorkshire), and following on from a successful initiative last year, our second consignment of aid to Yemen is scheduled for despatch by end of April. This comprises 250 Aquabox Gold boxes in addition to medical and food supplies from JOY.
The aid we send has the potential to save many thousands of lives, but it comes at a cost. Any support you may be able to give to Aquabox will, as always, be gratefully received. We simply can’t manage without your help. Thank you.