Preparing the family for the rainy season
At late December 2020, the routine was once again interrupted by weather. Forecasts indicated that the tropical storm Chalane* would make landfall in Mozambique. Those who had experienced cyclone Idai impact two years before feared the scene would repeat. In this regard, they received support from UNDP and field partners on preventive measures to strengthen their homes and anticipated the expected impact.
Amelia herself was also able to get through the storm inside her house, now strong and safe. Wood and sandbags were installed preventively on the windows and roof by the project team.
“In this storm I did not leave my home. I preferred to stay inside it, because now I understand that I already have a good ceiling and I stayed there until the wind was gone. […] In my view, this house is very strong due to the materials used. As I see it is very well prepared so that I no longer need to go out for any rain”, she celebrated.
With the reconstruction of the house, Amélia can continue her routine relieved and more adapted to climate change. “The rain was falling inside the house and it was demolishing. I was not well. My life condition has already changed because the house will be safer. I am happy and open-hearted because I didn't imagine I would live like this.”