Cyclone Idai violently swept through Mozambique on Thursday, March 14th, creating what the UN has classified as “the worst storm ever to strike a populated area of the Southern Hemisphere.” Its torrential floods and winds of over 140 mph forced people to evacuate their collapsed houses and cling to trees in desperation. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced. Entire villages disappeared as nature’s force swept away both houses and people.
Centro Educacional e Assistencial La Salle (CEALS) serves several poor communities in Beira, a major port city in Mozambique. Through its Lasallian programming, CEALS has provided extraordinary educational support to several hundred high-risk students, enabling them to stay in school and be successful in their studies.
This CEALS location was severely damaged by the storm, as were other other Lasallian structures. To assist Lasallian efforts to re-establish their operations, La Salle International is attempting to raise $40,000 USD for repair/replace parts of CEALS and once again provide ongoing educational support for impoverished youth.
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