Madagascar thanks Anglicans worldwide for help after cyclone
30 May 2012
Generous Anglicans have helped 35 villages in the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar that were hit by a killer cyclone early this year.
Indian Ocean primate, Archbishop Ian Earnest launched the Communion-wide appeal after 31 people were killed and 250,000 were left homeless by Cyclone Giovanna.
Now the Bishop Jean Paul Solo has thanked Anglicans around the Communion for the support which has been used to provide food and relief for families in the Diocese of Tomasina on the east coast of the island. This is the first report-back of its type as part of the Alliance relief work.
In February of this year, the regions of Brickaville and Vatomandry, were badly affected by Cyclone Giovanna, the death toll rose to 31 and 250,000 were left homeless. This was a major development setback for this island of around 20 million people. Madagascar also faces political instability, poverty and multiple social and natural challenges.
Launching the appeal, the Most Revd Ian Ernest of the Province of the Indian Ocean said: “It is sad that Madagascar had been hit again by a cyclone, we already know they are facing political instability and uncertainty. I make an appeal, so that a spirit of solidarity can transcend the ocean and I invite you to pray with us and for us. Your generosity enables the afflicted to get back to their living and to a better quality of life.”
The Anglican Alliance will continue supporting churches affected by disasters and facilitating co-operation and communications among the Anglican family of churches and agencies around the world.