October Prayer Letter

The autumn brings a change of gear for many of us. For the UK events team it means a chance to reflect on the summer and take a well-earned rest; for the team in Madagascar a rest in the summer means renewed energy for the work ahead.

Thank you for praying
Peter

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Let me encourage you: Come and build bridges. Jesus commanded that we “love our neighbours as ourselves”, which sounds simple; it’s a nice philosophy or the bedrock of attitudes depending on your take. So what does it mean? Practically in personal relationships
we talk about five love languages – Gift Giving, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Physical Touch (if you don’t know about these then it’s worth investigating).

In the response to Cyclone Enawo HoverAid supporters gave the gifts of food, tools, and seeds; we spent time seeking people out who needed support and went back time and again; we stood with them as they faced challenges and supported their decisions; we held their hands when they cried; and we went the extra mile to physically build an actual bridge connecting two villages and a school. We
(you, me, all of us) are all part of this process: gifts, time, prayers, actions and connections.

Reading this newsletter is part of building bridges and loving our neighboursso thank you for engaging.

Andy Mayo
Chief Exec: HoverAid Trust

Cyclone Enawo Report 2017

In the aftermath of Cyclone Enawo, HoverAid worked with the villages along the Rianila River that were decimated by flooding. We distributed 4.5 tonnes of rice and emergency food supplies for 200 families, 20 carpentery kits, 30 fishing kits and vegetable, seed and sweet potato plants for 200 families.

HoverAid also constructed a vital bridge and re-roofed the local school.
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Thank you for your donations, prayers and words of encouragement. A special thanks to disaster relief NGO Wings Like Eagles who’s very early donation of £5000 enabled a rapid HoverAid response to the emergency.

Cyclone Enawo Update 6

Your donations are saving communities. Thank you.

We have begun distributing tools for a number of carpenters, so that the rebuilding of houses can begin. The tarpaulins we have distributed have been very well received: these villages are situated on the edge of the rain forest and it rains here most days.

Cyclone Enawo Update 5

Our team has arrived in the cyclone affected zone in Madagascar. The main road from the capital has had over a hundred landslides and thousands of people are clearing debris. Peter, Tantely, and James are now pushing north from Moramanga towards Ambatondrazaka on Lac Alaotra an area we understand was badly affected by the cyclone and the deluge of rain it dropped.

Cyclone Enawo Update 4

Our team has arrived in the cyclone affected zone in Madagascar. The main road from the capital has had over a hundred landslides and thousands of people are clearing debris. Peter, Tantely, and James are now pushing north from Moramanga towards Ambatondrazaka on Lac Alaotra an area we understand was badly affected by the cyclone and the deluge of rain it dropped.

Cyclone Enawo Update 3

The impact of Cyclone Enawo is only beginning to become apparent – this photo from yesterday shows the only road between the capital city Antananarivo and the main port for the whole country in Tamatave on the east coast severed by landslides. This is Madagascar’s main trading route and all of Antananarivo’s vehicle fuel and oil for power stations comes up this road.

Cyclone Enawo Update 2

News is beginning to filter in on social media from affected areas, however the vast majority of the North of Madagascar is currently uncontactable hence the urgent requirement for survey teams to physically reach areas and speak to communities.

HoverAid Madagascar Country Director Peter van Buuren and the Tana team have been gathering as much information as they can to make sure our response is as efficiently targeted as possible. Today (Friday 10th March) we have allowed office staff to go and visit their families locally and make sure they are ok; the workshop team however are flat out getting vehicles prepared.

Cyclone Enawo Update

Hovercraft Pilot Jose Andrianariliva has spent two days getting back from Mahajanga – we are now servicing the Land Cruiser so we can send the team back to the North. Jose has been in the field for the past two months and deservedly was pretty exhausted having outrun the Storm. We’re glad he made it back safe and sound.