Since 2007, Wings has sought allies for a regional response. And Wings has them across Southern Africa. Allies who we can trust. These allies are key channels for us. They help us see the needs. See the needs close up! And so we can respond.
So the Wings 2017 disaster response could be different. It could be regional. And it was our first one! Wow!
In 2017, the needs were spread across Southern Africa.
What was the problem?
The 2017 drought was one of the worst since Live Aid. It was caused by a very strong El Nino phenomenon. Even a well developed city like Capetown noticed how deep the drought went.
So imagine what it was like for rural people?
So what did we do?
In Mozambique it was pumps for the drought. Installation into communities that were committed to look after them. Pumps help wet the ground. Then the farmers can plant more often. Even in the drought.
In Malawi it was food from 4x4s for starving people. Helicopters give amazing access. But they cost a lot. So if other routes are available, they should be used. 4x4s really help when connected to people who really know the area. The isolated and needy can get food.
In Madagascar, it was a response to a cyclone. People needed help. Hovercraft could give access. Our allies could make a difference.
You helped us do all of that! You helped make that happen! Helping large numbers of people! Thank you.
Think about it! You can help Wings make focused responses like that! If you aren’t ready to donate, why not contact us?