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ShelterBox - Kunyumba - The story of home

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At ShelterBox we believe that every family deserves a place to call home after disaster or conflict.

In March Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, washing away entire villages like Mwalija in Malawi. We returned to understand what their recovery process has been like. We wanted to capture the community's story – not our story – in their own words.

We met families who spent 24 hours in the water waiting for help. Terrified for their lives, Mary and Stephano put their children in the trees for safety as they watched their home get washed away. Their story of what happened next reflects the challenges faced by many families in Mwalija, and it’s their voices that tell the community’s story in our film, Kunyumba.

We can't claim responsibility for the recovery of communities, that credit can only be given to the families who work so hard to rebuild. But, with your support, we can play an important part in those first steps to recovery. A relatively small gesture – like giving a tent or a tarpaulin – can help communities shift their focus from “the now” and look towards “the tomorrow”.

Special thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Gokotta Film.

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