Earlier this month, flash floods rocked Kalehe in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province. The flooding brought additional damages in the form of landslides, resulting in over 400 deaths—with over 5,000 people still unaccounted for—the destruction of over 3,000 homes, as well as extensive damage to vital infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals. This has left many in the local communities without access to food, water, and shelter.
To aid in recovery efforts, Actions Kalehe Synergie has formed to help raise funds for those in crisis. Through their GoFundMe campaign, the two entities are seeking to raise $80,000 to help individuals affected by the disasters.
Created for the sole purpose of providing assistance to flood victims, Actions Kalehe Synergie is a collaborative effort of multiple entities, including Bukavu Explorer, the Association of Journalists and Advocates, Drink Congo Coffee—”an initiative that promotes and advocates for Congolese coffee in Congo and abroad”—and Coffee Cooperatives, one of the region’s largest cooperatives.
Per the campaign, the funds will go to provide basic necessities to individuals in dire need. The money will act to “support the emergency response and provide health services, medication, housing, shelter, hygiene kits, transportation, dignified funerals for victims, their families and more.”
There were deadly floods in Kalehe, Congo, two weeks ago. I'm supporting Actions Kalehe, to help the victims and I urge you to do the same by sharing and donating to this campaign. Funds will be used to provide food, shelter, water and more: https://t.co/USDqeXoYX1
— Jim Ngokwey (@JimNgokwey) May 21, 2023
Currently, the campaign has raised $6,000 of its $80,000 goal. If you are able, consider donating to the GoFundMe to provide necessities to those in vital need. And if you are unable to help financially, consider sharing the campaign on your social network to help get the word out. For more information, visit the Actions Kalehe Synergie GoFundMe page.