Chilmark charity making a difference in cyclone-hit Mozambique

Chilmark charity making a difference in cyclone-hit Mozambique

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:24am 3rd April 2019.

3 minute read

Team Rubicon UK has a team of volunteers in southern Africa, supporting those affected by the powerful Cyclone Idai.

A group of 17 people from the charity has been in Mozambique for almost two weeks now.

The cyclone is known to have killed over 900 people, with 2.5 million affected by the natural disaster.

Team Rubicon has been helping to provide clean, safe water to some of the most remote areas hit.

They've also been delivering food parcels of corn and soya blended with sugar to feed those who have already lost everything.

Temporary shelters and cooking equipment has also been handed out by the team.


The charity provides emergency responses 'where the need is greatest', and most of their 'greyshirt' volunteers are ex-military personnel.

In the past, they've been called out to places like Nepal following the earthquake there, Indonesia after a volcano eruption, and the British Virgin Islands in the wake of a hurricane amongst others.

On their latest Facebook update, Team Rubicon UK has explained a bit about their work:

"This is dangerous & highly challenging work, but our predominantly ex-military volunteer disaster responders are ready for this. They are doing what they do best, delivering life-saving aid to the people who need it most."

Team Rubicon Mozambique April 2019
The volunteers from Team Rubicon UK have been working hard to provide food and clean water to those affected


Team Rubicon UK has launched a fundraising campaign to fund their work in Mozambique.

The charity doesn't get any Government funding and no help from the Disasters Emergency Committee towards their efforts in Africa either.

They're trying to raise £5,000 to fund their operations there.

Team Rubicon Mozambique April 2019
Team Rubicon UK is looking to raise cash to help people affected by Cyclone Idai (picture from TRUK Facebook)

To do that, they've started a social media hashtag - with the message 'Mozambique #cantlivewithout water, but we #canlivewithout one thing to help others'.

That's even got some celebrity backing, from DIY SOS host and I'm A Celeb campmate Nick Knowles:

Some other supporters have been sharing their #canlivewithout ideas too:

You can also donate directly to Team Rubicon on their website.

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