Improving the lives of children affected by HIV & AIDS

The extent of the flooding had a devastating affect on the households supported by Vukoxa. Communities lost pigs, goats, cows and vital agricultural instruments. Four water pumps, provided by Egmont for crucial irrigation, were nearly lost and the irrigation channels that ran water to crops like maize and green beans were completely submerged. Chiaquelane village, which was the least affected by the floods, swelled as people fled their destroyed communities. At the height of the crisis, 84,000 displaced people set up camp in the surrounding areas. 

Aware that once the floodwaters receded, so would the humanitarian aid, Egmont Trustee Alison Mayne noted in her March, 2013 visit to the region that, those affected were not asking for help in the form of money or food, but seeds. Their loss of harvest caused by the floods meant that no seed had been collected and communities would be unable to plant this season and be destitute later in the year.

Due to the quick action of Vukoxa and the Egmont Trustees, who agreed to divert funding to help with the relief efforts, (and with the support of HelpAge, JICA and Pathfinder), the long-term consequences of the flooding were minimised. Blankets, sleeping mats, household kits, water canisters, and mosquito nets were provided to the older person headed households in the camps, and the water pumps were moved to higher ground so that they were not lost completely.