Charity of the Month

Lent Appeal in support of ALMA

(our diocesan link with Mozambique and Angola)

 

With rising global surface temperatures, intensifying droughts and more extreme storms, climate change is affecting our brothers and sisters across the globe, especially with our diocesan partners in Angola and Mozambique.

There is no doubt that the effects of Climate Change are here to stay and will affect us all.  Since 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published special reports on climate change which have detailed how the rise of temperatures are affecting life global for all people especially those in the developing world. 

The beneficiary charity of the Lent Appeal 2020 is ALMA, the diocesan companion link partnership between the Anglican Church in Angola, London and Mozambique.  The focus of the Appeal is to raise money to buy powerful trucks to help churches and Bishops provide instant practical help where it is needed after the extreme climatic events that are happening due to climate change.

In 2012, the Lent appeal bought cars and trucks for the four dioceses that span across these two massive African countries.  Now, eight-years later, the church in these areas need new up-to-date jeeps to help them deal with the worst climatic weather systems the southern hemisphere has ever seen.  In Southern Africa, the churches and bishops need to give instant and practical help where it is needed, the instant these extreme climatic events allow access to the areas.

Angola

In this western African country, the newly created diocese needs to respond with one truck to an area the size of 481,321 sq mi, twice the size of France or of Texas.  Here the country is facing a significant drought in the south and has been exacerbated by below average and erratic rainfall.  According to USAID, the country is responding to climate variability after nearly three decades of civil war.  “Extreme rainfall events and temperature changes are expanding the range and transmission period for disease vectors.  Sea level rise is placing coastal populations (approximately 50 percent of the total population) and infrastructure at risk of inundation and storm surge.”

2.3 million people are in need.  The government declared an emergency in the three southern provinces of Cunene, Huila and Namibe in January.  Angola has been pursuing a humanitarian self-reliance policy but there has been an inadequate humanitarian response to address urgent needs and the situation is deteriorating.  The drought in Angola continues to be exacerbated by below average and erratic rainfall.

Mozambique

In this eastern African country, the Diocese of London is associated with the three dioceses of Lebombo, Nampula and Niassa, together they are covering a land mass the size of Turkey or 309,475 sq mi (801,537 km2), it is the world’s 36th-largest country.  For each diocese there is one truck.  In the last year, there has been two cyclones to hit the country.  Firstly, Cyclone Idai in March 2019, that was probably the worst ever natural weather related disaster to hit the whole of the southern hemisphere and it moved in from the sea to cause massive devastation in the southern part of the country and continue towards Zimbabwe.

Secondly, a month later in April 2019, Cyclone Kenneth, hit the Northern part of the country. Towards the end of 2019 and into 2020 flash flooding has hit parts of Mozambique as the area is still attempting to recover from the cyclones last year, compounding the impact.

Here more than 1.7 million people were identified as ‘in crisis’ between September and December 2018 across 11 provinces.  As a result of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, an estimated 1.85 million are now in need of aid.  Recent information from USAID has highlighted acute food security in Mozambique between September and December 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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