Emergency shelter assistance and support in construction of safe shelters

After a period of heavy rainfalls and a cyclone in Mozambique in early March 2019, we supported families with emergency shelters. With the project we are now doing reconstruction work and pass on knowledge and skills about the construction of safe buildings to the local communities so they are prepared for such natural disasters in the future.

We are working in coordination with Mozambique’s local government authorities, the National Institute of Disaster Management, local community leaders and other local partners to best support displaced communities affected by cyclone Idai in Manica Province in their recovery.

As a result of cyclone Idai in the rural Sussundenga district alone we had a reported 17,660 houses totally destroyed and another 9,274 houses partially destroyed. With this project, we will support around 200 families that were left homeless to recover. We employ women and men from local communities to undertake debris cleaning, land preparation and associated works linked to the construction of semi-permanent safe shelters and by training them on building back safer.

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Goal 1 People affected by the cyclone and flood are trained on building safe shelters for living.

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Goal 2 Vulnerable people affected by the cyclone and flood remain safe in their homes without being displaced in case of future natural disasters.


In early March 2019, ten days of continuous rainfall in the central and western regions of Mozambique caused significant damage and flooding. On the evening of March 14th, tropical cyclone Idai made landfall, striking Mozambique’s coast and multiplying the initial damage of the flooding.

Over 1.85 million people have been affected by the Cyclone, including around 1 million children. Nearly 240’000 houses were damaged and at least 400’000 people were displaced.

Lack of basic facilities, particularly sanitary and health facilities, and functioning schools and livelihoods, continue to expose the population to protection risks, including sexual and gender-based violence and exploitation. Shelter and a space of their own is the first step to helping families to begin to recover.

The project is based in rural Manica Province, where over 58’000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and people are staying in 14 resettlement sites across the province. With this project we support families to rebuild their home and make it safer for future natural disaster.

Community meetings will be set up to ensure the needs of the beneficiaries are best met and the implementation together with the local people is sustainable.

Carlos Diaz Head Emergency Response Save the Children Switzerland


With the project we support around 200 families with the rebuilding of their fully damaged houses. Indirectly we support the recovery of the over 2000 families living in the chosen location by enhancing capacities and building knowledge and skills about safe housings in the affected communities.

The projected house will include compressed soil earth brick walls, a solid roof, concrete foundation, and compacted soil floor. The repairs for not fully destroyed houses will include mainly roof repairs and reinforcements to the plinth of the house.

With this community-based approach, the targeted households are able to repair their homes or build semi-permanent houses themselves. The buildings provide protection from adverse weather, through appropriate and informed provision of construction materials and tools.

2000 families

are indirectly supported in recovery by enhancing building knowledge and skills for safer housings.

Zito (15) lives in an accommodation camp since his family's home was destroyed after the cyclone.

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