Cyclone Idai, the worst storm to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere, left a trail of destruction across Mozambique, Zimbabwe & Malawi, killing an estimated 1,000 and displacing tens of thousands who were left with nothing. Survivors depend on radio to deliver accurate updates on where aid is being delivered, where find missing loved ones, health bulletins, weather updates, etc. Our partner, the Mozambican Red Cross, will distribute solar & wind-up radio-lights to the most in-need families.
Tens of thousands of Mozambicans lost everything in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The Mozambican Red Cross, our distribution partners, and other aid agencies are struggling to provide for everything needed. In addition to food, shelter and medicine, the displaced need access to trusted information via radio. The Red Cross and the government must be able to communicate with the displaced and NGOs. If people still have cellphones, they don't have a way to power them or money for airtime.
Our solar and wind-up FM/AM Polaris radio-lights provides 24/7 access to radio information and light and is engineered for emergencies. Survivors need access to radio to dispel rumours, which are always rife in a crisis. People need to know how and where to go to locate loved ones, how to replace legal documents, where to get healthcare and to listen to weather updates. Radio also helps NGOs better coordinate relief efforts. Its flashlight will help keep people safe at night, especially women.
People need access to information. With access to trusted information in a language they understand, it will greatly increase survivors making informed choices and decisions. It could even be life-saving. They will be less susceptible to rumors. Survivors are unlikely to have much or any money and would not be able to afford to buy a radio or the batteries to power them, even if they were available. The light will help people to be safe at night, especially while walking or going to the toilet.