Lucia, 23, is currently living in emergency accommodation in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai destroyed her house, farm, barns and livestock. She and her husband have a two-year-old son and are expecting their second child soon.
Life was already tough for Lucia. She lost her right arm in a terrible childhood accident and, six months prior to the cyclone, her husband fell ill and couldn’t work. Lucia became the primary breadwinner.
“I am a woman and a mother. If I do nothing to support my family, who will do it for me?” she said.
“My disability does not stop me from doing anything. When I had the accident and lost my arm I was 15. I thought it was the end of my life, but over time I realised that fortunately I still have one arm, two legs and health, and I decided to live the best way possible.”
This month, Lucia received Action on Poverty’s emergency aid, including seeds, plastic sheeting and cooking oil. She is looking forward to going home so she can start to rebuild her home.
“I cannot wait to go back to my area. I will rebuild my house. We are here for one month and this is the first help we have received.
“This Idai came to destroy us, but we are strong and with your support we will survive and rebuild our lives.”
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