The initial rescue phase of Cyclone Idai has passed and now begins the second phase
There were only a few women and children watching as the Mercy Air helicopter arrived. The next medical clinic was not until next month, and no one knew why it was here. Curiously, the villagers watched as the pilot, Joel, unloaded two heavy burlap bags from the helicopter. Suddenly it clicked: the helicopter had brought food! The villagers raced forward to help unload bag after bag of rice, beans, and sorghum.
Tchia is the first village visit of the day. The nurses, Horacio and Carolina have set up their folding table and chairs as a makeshift clinic, and the villagers have already begun to arrive with their children for vaccinations and checkups. They have not worked for long when an elderly woman arrives, bent over from carrying her four year old granddaughter, Ilda, on her back during the long, dusty walk to the village center. Her grandson, two year old Constantino, walks next to her crying.