FREEMASONRY IN THE COMMUNITY
Looking back at the contribution Berkshire Freemasons have made across the local community in the past year
In 2019, the Masonic Charitable Foundation donated £45,000 to Plan International UK to help support the nearly three million people whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Idai. Plan International UK is working to help survivors, including young women and children, who were at particular risk.
This grant allowed Plan International UK to help thousands of people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe to access clean water, as well as tarpaulins, plastic sheets and other emergency supplies.
Over 750 people have died in the three countries on the south-east coast of Africa with Mozambique suffering the highest human fatalities. As the death toll continued to rise, over 260,000 children were affected in the country and at least 350,000 people were at risk from rising flood waters. In Malawi, close to a million people have been affected, including nearly half a million children.
David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said:
“Cyclone Idai has devastated the lives of many thousands of people, with, as usual, women and children bearing the brunt of the suffering. I’m very pleased that the Masonic Charitable Foundation was able to move so quickly and provide funds for Plan International UK’s vital work at the heart of the disaster zone.”