The Portuguese Association of Museology (APOM) launches, for the first time, a solidarity campaign to help Mozambican children, along with museums, palaces and national monuments.
In a statement, APOM said that “the time is for solidarity” and in this sense launches this campaign “to help [Mozambican] children who now need our support.”
“The idea is to stimulate smiles on Mozambican children, through educational material, notebooks, pencils and others,” APOM writes, adding that it already has “the support of the Portuguese Red Cross, which has already reserved space for sending the material“. “and of different entities related to Culture and Heritage“.
This APOM campaign comes to Mozambique after the basic needs of the people affected by Hurricane Idai are guaranteed, told APO president João Neto.
The campaign is part of the solidarity effort with Mozambique, whose “a considerable part of the territory has been devastated by the violent cyclone Idai, and at present many are the dead, thousands injured and about one million people evicted.”
“The time is of solidarity with the Mozambicans, especially with their children”, emphasizes the APOM.
The APOM national campaign “with all Portuguese museums, palaces and monuments” aims to “help the children who now need our support“.
The campaign is entitled ‘Todos Nós’ and APOM calls for the mobilization of all, ‘for the success of this just and humane cause’.
According to the United Nations, Cyclone Idai on 14 July affected 1.85 million people in Mozambique, with an estimated more than 480,000 being displaced by floods that submerged and destroyed an area of more than 3,000 square kilometres.
Cyclone Idai’s passage into Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi caused at least 762 deaths, according to the most recent official balance sheets.
In Mozambique, the latest death toll was confirmed at 447 people.
The Mozambican government added that these figures are still provisional since as the water level goes down, more bodies appear.