CCAP Harare Synod

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GZB of Netherlands Funds Cyclone Idai Mutare North Project

The General Secretary Rev Kingstar Chipata approached our Partners across the globe to assist in the wake of the Cyclone and GZB was among the first to respond sending EUR 5,000.00 which was pooled with other sources to a tune of USD 14,000.00 and sent to the UNHCR for intervention in Tongogara Refugee Camp on our behalf. (Details will shared as soon as the UN has furnished us with the Report) GZB then requested us to submit a further proposal to which after due diligence on the areas that were left out we settled for Mutare North a place were no record of the disaster nor the distress of the residence was known or heralded. This area is a forgotten area and lags behind in developmental programs for decades. Most of the residence when reached by Simukai on our behalf expressed surprise that what they perceived as a foreign church as CCAP originates from Malawi is the one coming to their aid. We do not have any prayer houses in this region ( Mutare North) infact some residence don't even know us but they are grateful to God for using Harare Synod and GZB to answer their prayers and give them fresh hope in God who is the All Present God. The Chiefs and Headman in the area are truly grateful to this intervention and some called upon the Moderator during presentations of food hampers to come back in the future to give spiritual food. Harare Synod is encouraging the recipients to get to their churches and thank Gd for the intervention as Harare Synod is part of the bigger Family of God and serves any one irrespective of their beliefs and does not use such intervention as a tool to woo members to Harare Synod but to the Glory of God.

Below is a synopsis of the Challenge in Mutare North and the possible cost of intervention. We would like to hasten that we were unable to secure funding for replacement of houses and toilets at the below costs but for a reduced number of households. Prices of commodities are skyrocketing and this is compromising the delivery of services.

Table Showing Assets destroyed and cost for replacement per item:

Asset destroyed Number of households Cost /per assert replacement
Houses 40 $2000.00
Toilets 50 $200.00
Animals (livestock) 19 $50.00
Crop replacement  83 $100.00
Income generation   72 $150.00
School Stationery 46 $20.00
Food hampers 50 $15.00 each

The Approved Interventions: 

The above scenario calls for a multifaceted approach to the challenges being faced by the 600+ households in Mutare North’s five wards. We appealed to GZB our Partner based in Netherlands to consider funding some of the above initiatives including a means for the Synod to fully engage in the implementation and monitoring of the program. This entailed the purchase of a reliable second hand vehicle for Harare Synod that is durable and low maintenance as opposed to hiring  a vehicle for project implementation and monitoring which is expensive and not sustainable as we may not be able to get a vehicle on call.  The challenge of reliable transport has dogged us for some time and limits our responses in crisis times such as Cyclone Idai as we need to be able to visit with our concerned membership and fellow Christians in affected areas.

We are now implementing some of the interventions in the table which are short to medium term, while ensuring that the sunny season does not claim more victims as it is proving to be a very  hot cropping season hence the need for shelter cannot be overemphasized. The issue of sustainable intervention "teaching how to fish versus giving fish" is also important hence the livestock restocking, crop replacement and income generation activities. The child is always forgotten in a crisis hence the need for educational supplies and the sanitary needs for the girl child and women in general and these are now being made available with stationary distribution already done. The elements of awareness training are not covered in this current intervention but are necessary to avoid future loss of lives when similar disasters occur.

We have received 50% of the Budgeted Funds from GZB and the project is underway. The changes in monetary policies and abolishment of multi-currencies impacted the implementation process setting us back in terms of time-frames. This challenge is being mitigated and hopefully our next disbursement will not face the challenges we have of withdrawals and transfers. The total approved budget is USD 54,000.00 


Harare Synod is grateful to Partner Simukai Child Protection Program in implementing this project as its wing of Relief CORD is yet to be registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the two organisations and the project is expected to run for six months ending with the beginning of Harvest Season. So far food hampers and stationary has been distributed and the reports once shared with our funding partners will be posted on this site.  Harare Synod is very grateful to GZB for the priceless humanitarian support to the victims of this devastating Cyclone. 

The Nation is at crossroads with prices of goods and services skyrocketing everyday beyond the reach of ordinary citizens and the impact for these ravaged communities is much graver. The intervention by GZB has brought the much need Christ Centered Assistance, all to the Glory of God.

Summary of some of the victims and their situation: 
  1. Ellen of Chinota ward 34 house destroyed
  2. Gainmore St Francis Odzi bedroom  and granary destroyed
  3. Lynn and 7 children from Tapfumanei House destroyed lives with grandmother 
  4. Promise with grandpa roof blown off 
  5. Sarudzai Odzi Township house totally destroyed
  6. Simbarashe's Tobacco Barn damaged 
  7. Simbarashe's family income for the year damaged and not saleable
  8. Tafadzwa escaped with just a blanket house destroyed

These are different sad stories from the Areas we are now mitigating in thanks to the Dutch Partners GZB who made funding available. The victims of Cyclone Idai in Mutare North all had one thing in common: Waiting for their first assistance and we thank God that in August that waiting came to an end. The intervention will however not address the challenges in full but will go along way in confirming that God neither leaves us nor forsake us in times of need. He is with us till the end of time.


Harare Synod Responds to Cyclone Idai in Mutare North


Historical Background Courtesy of our Implementation Partner Simukai Child Protection Program


Cyclone Idai ravaged three (3) Southern Africa countries namely Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi to an extent that thousands of lives were lost, thousands left homeless, and all infrastructure for the surviving households completely or partially destroyed to an extend that these shelters are no longer safe for human or animal habitation. This means that the fundamental basic human needs were taken away within a blink of an eye. This took away a source of their human rights. Human rights reflect the minimum standards necessary for people to live with dignity. Human rights give people the freedom to choose how they live, how they express themselves, and what kind of government they want to support, among many other things. Human rights also guarantee people the means necessary to satisfy their basic needs, such as food, housing, and education, so they can take full advantage of all opportunities. Finally, by guaranteeing life, liberty, equality, and security, human rights protect people against abuse by those who are more powerful.

According to the United Nations, human rights: “Ensure that a human being will be able to fully develop and use human qualities such as intelligence, talent, and conscience and satisfy his or her spiritual and other

Indeed the nations responded overwhelmingly with internal inventions. Harare Synod was among the Christian communities that also responded internally by raising assistance in kind towards the Victims of Cyclone in Zimbabwe and in Malawi the country where CCAP originated from. As the Synod is not in a position to assist financially because of its standing it reached out to Partners across the globe for assistance. The first intervention saw the same partners sending in different amounts towards the call for help which is being used to construct a borehole and replacement and repairs to toilets for the refugees at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge. A total of USD 14, 000.00 was pooled for this purpose. While the nation focused on the nationals it became evident that the attention given to the Refugees plight was left to the UNHCR and they had failed to raise enough funds to mitigate in the Refugee Camp. CCAP Harare Synod is mostly a church of migrants from Malawi and understands the plight of being a foreigner hence the gravitation to mitigate. This assistance was rendered and the reports on the projects will be shared soon.

A further study of interventions revealed that most of the Cyclone Emergence Aid was focused on the areas directly hit by the Cyclone (as in the critical path of the Cyclone) and that is Chimanimani and Chipinge were massive interventions by both local and international organisations are underway but there are gaps that need urgent intervention. As a body of Christ we looked at the surrounding areas where we discovered that there are thousands of people who four (4) months after the Cyclone Hit are without any assistance. These are the people that await the kind assistance of the Good Samaritans

CCAP Harare Synod with the assistance of Simukai Trust a Child Rights organisation based in Mutare and working in Chimanimani, Chipinge on child rights issues identified 5 wards in Mutare North who are in dire need of their first intervention since Cyclone Idai. They have been praying for assistance and we are grateful to GZB for considering to assist these and many others in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi by supporting the ecumenical families in those countries to render the kind assistance. In Zimbabwe we as CCAP Harare Synod would like to mitigate in these five wards from now till the next harvest season funds permitting. The calling in Matthew which resonated with the Citizens of Netherlands who rallied themselves to support Southern Africa is also spearheading us as Harare Synod to heed the call. Matthew 25:36-40 English Standard Version (ESV)

36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’




Devastating damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mutare North District.

The country of Zimbabwe experienced the devastating floods, landslides and deadly rock falls, effects of Tropical Cyclone Idai on the 14th of March 2019. The most affected parts of Zimbabwe are largely Chipinge and Chimanimani Districts (both under Manicaland Province) and also parts of Mutare North and West.  

Simukai Trust on the behest of CCAP Harare Synod has done assessments in 5 wards of Mutare North and the information provided below is authentic though the figures might not be the exact reflection of what is obtaining on the ground due to various constrains such as the limitations to access the exact number of the affected households as many details are still coming in.

Children in affected houses are not going to school, they are not sleeping well and scholastic material was destroyed by the cyclone. Food shortage - Mealie meal got wet and storage rooms were destroyed too, there is need of non-perishable and long shelf life food items.  Some of the clothes were torn apart by rubbing objects. Lack of proper parental care as parents are focusing on securing their crops to try and salvage something from them that’s mainly tobacco and maize.  Animals drowned. Nutritional gardens swept away. Water bodies were affected, wells are over following and effluents are going into unprotected wells rendering the water unsafe to drink.

Food security

Food sources of communities deeply affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai have been ruined and devastated. Stored food supplies within homesteads were either soaked or washed away or buried under falling rubble. The crops in the field e.g. maize, beans, water melons, pumpkins that the tropical-affected populations could fall back on have been waterlogged and eroded completely. Around 83 families were affected and lost the above.

Proposed intervention

Provision of food hampers will be the ideal for most desperate families. This will meet their immediate food insecurity. However in the long run, there is need to provide these families with farming seeds and fertilizers for them to grow their own food.

Health and Hygiene

Water sources were affected as the rivers and wells might have contaminated water which is not safe for human consumption.  These areas are at risk of water-borne disease outbreak like diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid arising from open defecation due to the destruction of sanitation facilities like toilets, lavatories and pit latrines in Mutare North. Dirty might fall into unprotected drinking water sources, like rivers, shallow and deep wells, weirs, boreholes to name a few, left even more exposed by the erosion of Tropical Cyclone Idai. 50 toilets were destroyed in the 5 wards.

Girls’ access to sanitation is also another challenge which has been fueled by cyclone Idai. The price of sanitary pads, towels, pants and bras has gone up beyond reach and the coming of Cyclone Idai washed away the little source of income the family had, making girls and women dignity kits not a priority. The issues of their sanitary needs are not considered as a priority in our patriarchal society. Patriarchy is a social system in which men hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property. Some patriarchal societies are also patrilineal, meaning that property and title are inherited by the male lineage. Wikipedia. More than 300 girls are in need of a complete set of dignity kit which cost USD7.00 per kit.

Proposed intervention

The current situation calls for urgent water disinfectants or water treatment chemicals for there to be clean water for drinking and domestic use. There is need to provide buckets for storage and intense education on disease prevention and practicing good hygiene. Toilets need to be reclaimed as a measure to prevent spread of diseases. Provision of sanitary wear to the girl child helps in mitigating their access to sanitary wear.

Income generation

Most of the affected population lost their productive assets e.g. livestock, tobacco barns, crops in the field, etc. Livestock forms the greater part of income generation and savings in most rural areas. Their major economic activity evolves around farming with tobacco being the major crop they grow for livelihood. The special leaf was washed away and the harvested one was soaked and destroyed by the rubbles of the falling tobacco barns.


Proposed intervention

As most families indicated in the table below lost their economic livelihood, resuscitating their family income through provision of income generating grants following entrepreneurship training will be ideal. Families will be capacitated on basic entrepreneurship and provided small grants to venture into income generation.



More than 150 households were affected in one way or the other that’s roughly 600 people. Those who survived the tragedy are inhabiting in unsafe houses or other makeshift structures taken up as “temporary accommodation) made of dagga and poles which will certainly pose a danger to human life. Most structures that survived the trail of destruction of Tropical Cyclone Idai sustained severe structural defects e.g. cracks and fault-lines. These houses with compromised structural strength, risk falling on their occupants whilst they sleep during the night. Some families took residence in disused, old, neglected and dilapidated buildings and some even in granaries and storerooms. Such desperate actions further expose these families to secondary danger of grave injury or even death.

Proposed intervention  

There is need for total construction for houses that were completely destroyed. For those which are partially destroyed there is need to renovate e.g. roof, paltering, flooring depending on the extent of the damage.


School going children were also affected. Their scholastic materials were soaked and some washed away by the rains.  Close to 300 students were affected.

Distribution of Scholastic material to the children mainly writing books, uniforms and pens will help the affected children to realize their right to education.

Forms of Assistance

Possible forms of assistance should focus on preserving, promoting and enhancing the right to a quality and dignified life as the first port of call or line of first response. Offering medical assistance, safe and potable water supplies, blankets, food, clothes, shelter etc...  Access to quality and inclusive education is another form of aid needed to the communities in distress as they recover from the effects of Tropical Cyclone Idai. Food supply, mainly non-perishable and long shelf life foods. Clean water supply, giving families aqua tablets and also awareness campaigns on securing water and water purification methods. Capacitating parenting skills in a crisis situation is also an ideal intervention. Provision of temporal shelter e.g. tents and provision of cement for the construction of toilets and houses during the long run.

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