Abidjan, 30 November, 2019 / 4:15 am (ACI Africa).
Following two violent cyclones that hit Mozambique early this year causing severe levels of food insecurity among the population including children, Catholic Children in Ivory Coast under the guidance of the National Directorate of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) have been encouraged to raise funds and reach out to their counterparts in the Southeastern African nation as a concrete sign of solidarity.
“This fundraising operation called the ‘Missionary Mite Box’ is intended to help the children of Mozambique who were affected by Cyclones Idai and Kenneth some months ago” the National Director of PMS Ivory Coast, Fr Jean Noël Gossou has been quoted as telling the news agency La Croix Thursday, November 28.
“The objective of this ‘Missionary Mite Box’ which is at its first experience in Ivory Coast, is to make the country's Catholic children feel missionary themselves by giving them assets to help other children,” Fr Gossou explained.
The fundraising initiative is expected to run from December 1 through December 31 and targets Catholic children aged 8 to 14. These children have been called upon to "collect and save 5 FCFA a day from their pocket money.”
Mozambique was among three countries hit by two violent cyclones in March and April this year. Cyclone Idai flattened the densely populated central coast while Cyclone Kenneth barreled over the less populated northern coast.