11-16 June 2019
By Leanne Gersun Mendelow
Following Cyclone Idai in March 2019, CADENA SA deployed an emergency response team
to the city of Beira, Mozambique. The team distributed and installed 270 Sawyer water filter
systems and 200 solar lamps to communities in the affected areas. Each filter can remove
up to 99.9% of harmful organisms, including Vibrio cholerae, in unsafe water, and a single
filter has the capacity to produce up to 800 liters of potable water over a 24 hour period.
According to UNICEF, Cyclone Idai displaced over 175,000 people and left them without
adequate sanitation systems leading to a cholera outbreak. Less than six weeks later,
Cyclone Kenneth displaced a further 163,000 people and heightened the risk of another
major cholera outbreak.
In the aftermath of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, menstrual hygiene of Mozambican women
and girls became a silent need. CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)
reported that these women and girls were not only facing cholera outbreaks, but further
serious health risks as a result of shortages of menstrual hygiene support.
In June 2019, CADENA SA sent a follow up team to Sofala and Manica Provinces to
distribute and install Village Bucket water filters and solar lamps, as well as to provide
communities with basic hygiene and dignity kits including much needed washable sanitary
pads and undergarments for women and girls.
CADENA SA is committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable communities through
sustainable, cost efficient solutions. During this mission we aimed to help displaced women
and girls restore their confidence and recover their livelihoods through providing essential
female hygiene support.
We provided 412 school girls with reusable pads and underwear as well as 1500 families
with hygiene kits consisting of toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths, combs, all-purpose
ointment and Vaseline. Additionally, the team distributed and installed 105 Village Bucket
water filters and 100 solar lamps.
Erika Glanz – Director of International Emergencies and Operations (USA)
Miriam Kajomovitz – Strategic Alliances (Mexico)
Mendy Grauman – Head of Operations (South Africa)
Robyn Smookler – Volunteer
Siobhan Wilson – Volunteer
Yanir Grindler – Volunteer
The June mission provided aid for 27 300 people in the short term and access to clean water
for 136 500 people over the next five years.