Bristol has launched a fundraising link in their sustainability campaign to help the city of Beira in Mozambique. Bristol’s connection to Beira has been based on charity support for 30 years through Bristol’s special relationship as a Twin City. Last week the port city of Beira in Mozambique was directly hit by Cyclone Idai and has caused widespread destruction. Bristol Link with Beira is raising funds to help support the crisis and the rebuilding of the city. Beira has been affected heavily by this 500,000 people have been affected in the city alone and 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed.

“Beira is in the dark – it has become a ghost city at night. The situation is extremely serious. The situation is critical and chaotic. The municipality must receive extraordinary support to address the situation. As I talk to you, I’m working on the ground. Our job is to stand with the people and try to solve these problems,” said Mayor Simango of Beira.

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world and people there are desperate to make things better, which is why something like this is such a devastating effect on the people of Beira. The port city of Beira has been cut off by air and road. Bristol is building on a sustainability and rebuilding strategy that is informed by their development partners in Beira and by the necessary experts that will be brought in. Bristol will also be traveling to Beira to assist with the aftermath and assess exactly how to help rebuild Beira as a city. It has been supporting the city for 30 years and will be working with the city for another 30 and beyond. This is not a short term appeal but long term.

How can you help?
You can also help by supporting the fundraising. The goal is to achieve £25,000. You can make a difference by donating through the project page or to share the page with your network, friends and family. Please visit the project page for more information.

Thank you for your support.