Being the only local charity deeply embedded in our communities, Nema is at the heart of relief efforts, providing invaluable local information and guidance on how to sustainably support the communities for a swift recovery.

We have formed several partnerships to help facilitate and deliver the aid, yet remain focused on the sustainable recovery and long-term development of the region.

Médecins Sans Frontières - Rehabilitating the Mucojo health centre. All the materials are now in Mucojo and the roof is now being fixed.

UNICEF & United Nations IOM - Erecting temporary school tents and delivering non-food items to our southern communities. Our team has been trained and the kits will be arriving any moment.

COSACA (a consortium of Save the Children, Care and Oxfam) - Once materials arrive, our team will be going village to village putting up temporary shelters for the most vulnerable families.

Radio Nuro - This week we are delivering food to the region north of Mucojo, who have yet to receive food and where the World Food Program have not prioritised.

Meanwhile, we are sourcing building materials to start the rehabilitation of the Naunde clinic and the Nema primary schools and hope to start the building work soon.


A further 25 tons of food was distributed to over 2,000 families in 6 communities. While Nema coordinated the delivery and distributed the food countless organisations and individuals in Pemba worked tirelessly to raise funds and donate food and services to make this happen. Further details, including a full list of everyone involved can be found here.

08/05/2019 - 09:00

After a gruelling 4 days of sleeping on and traveling in a leaking boat with a broken engine and very little of their own food, Gustavo and his team successfully distributed over 20 tons of food to 6 of our villages. After a 15km walk and rides in various vehicles, he reached Pemba late last night.

His first words to me, “Thank you so, so much for this experience. Thank you that we could bring food to these people.” He explained how our villages have been completely annihilated and how two elderly people had died just before they arrived due to a lack of food.

This first flow of food has made an enormous difference to the 16,000 people living in Mipande, Olumboa, Quirimize, Guludo, Naunde and Ningaia but it also feels like a drop in the ocean.

THANK YOU so much for all of you who have donated, especially the local businesses and charities who contributed food and support for this first trip. We have almost enough food donated to do another trip and very much hope to start working with the larger aid agencies which have paused all their operations due to security issues. If you are able, please donate to help us send more support to these villages suffering so much right now.

03/05/2019 - 05:00

We may be small but wow, do we have passion. Thanks to all our supporters, Gustavo, utterly frustrated with delays from the big aid agencies, has managed to source a 30 ton boat to take food to Guludo and all the accessible coastal villages in Mucojo. They will start loading the food soon and will leave at dawn.

Support in Pemba is gathering momentum and huge donations of food are are being sent down to the doc to put on board, so much so, we may even be able to do a second trip straight away.

We’re hoping this will also help open up the aid flood gates, so the food and supplies gathering in Pemba can finally reach Mucojo in the quantities required. We can then shift our focus on working with the larger agencies to distribute the aid.

02/05/2019 - 19:00

The Nema and Guludo teams managed to distribute 4.5 tons of "matafome" that was stored in a shipping container at the lodge. This has made an enormous difference locally but with our entire region, 36k people, desperate for food, it feels like a drop in the ocean.

Meanwhile Gustavo's organised Anli, a Nema scholar, to accompanying MSF and a team of doctors and nurses to go to get to some of our coastal villages by boat tomorrow.

02/05/2019 - 16:00

The situation is still desperate. Sadly the World Food Program didn’t take Gustavo in the helicopter or use any of our team to help distribute the first delivery of aid and mayhem ensued. Gustavo is meeting with them, and the United Nations OCHA now to formalise how Nema can help with the distribution.

01/05/2019 - 13:00

The helicopter has landed in Mucojo and we're starting to hear how many deaths in which villages. So far over 60 just in Mucojo but there are several villages still not listed where we know there have been fatalities, so the number will still rise considerably.

01/05/2019 - 03:00

A great deal has happened in the last 24 hours, but also excruciatingly little. For the very latest news please Amy’s article, both Nema and Guludo’s founder:

In the eye of Cyclone Kenneth: Guludo’s story.

30/04/2019 - 10:00

Gustavo interviews people who have made it out of Mucojo. This is the raw video, we hope to edit and add subtitles soon.

30/04/2019 - 08:15

News from Ibo Island’s Administrator is that the villages of Guludo, Olumboa, Quirimize, Naunde, Mucojo, Pangane and Ingoane have been completely destroyed. On Ibo, Matemo, Quirimba and Quirambo islands there is no shelter for over 7,000 people, children are searching for food and the state institutions have been reduced to nothing.

30/04/2019 - 04:50

Five days on, the rains continue and Mucojo remains completely cut off. We’re desperate to know our friends, families, colleagues and communities are safe, where they are sheltering and what they are managing to eat . The aerial photos show the main clinic has been destroyed so no idea how the handful of nurses are coping with the situation.

Number of deaths is up to 38, however, this will certainly rise when contact has been made with Mucojo, where the full force of the cyclone struck. Yesterday the UN’s OCHA managed to get to Ibo Island to take food but the weather closed in and all aircraft were grounded. Gustavo has been putting pressure on rescue efforts to prioritise Mucojo, however, we are the only NGO championing the area and he is having limited success.

Late last night Gustavo heard a few people from Mucojo managed to get to the main town of Macomia so he has just left Pemba (at 4am) for Macomia to find out more. He’ll try to travel as far as possible beyond Macomia town towards Mucojo to talk to residents and see first hand how the Muagomula River has cut off the road.

Thank you for everyone’s support so far, but please continue to spread the word. This humanitarian disaster, of epic proportion, is playing out right now and our communities desperately need our support.


29/04/2019 - 07:30

Still no news from the team on the ground. The rains continue and the roads aren't getting any better. But as I type Gustavo is in the daily NGO meeting in Pemba coordinating support for those most affected. He has a big day ahead, shopping, getting our newly acquired 4-ton truck ready for the road, coordinating efforts and preparing to head off tomorrow (if they have managed to get across the Muagomula River). We're hoping and praying they manage to reconnect the mobile signal to the region today so we can make contact.

28/04/2019 - 14:00

Gustavo has been at a meeting with UNICEF, CARE, Medicus Mundi and many others to coordinate rescue efforts. They are assessing the damage and putting up tented health centres in Macomia and Quissanga for general treatments and maternity, plus focusing on preventing the spread of cholera and malaria. After medical support, the most urgent current need is food and water purification.

The high waters at the Muagomula river, half way between Macomia and Mujojo, means our area is still not accessible. The figures for the district of Macomia therefore exclude any data from our region, where the eye of the storm hit and over 60,000 people live. The data from Macomia district so far includes 17 fatalities, 1,604 houses destroyed and 809 houses damaged.

Gustavo is busy buying supplies and preparing to go on Tuesday, inshallah.

28/04/2019 - 02:20

We’re all in shock from the aerial photos emerging. The most devastating pictures are all from villages we work with. Pictured here here is Mucojo, Nambo and Messano villages.

27/04/2019 - 11:00

We’ve just spoken to our accountant in Pemba who hoped we may have news from Mucojo. He spoke to Quissirua, Guludo’s local Operations Manager as the cyclone struck. Quissirua was at home with his family, including 3 children 5 years and under, and during the call he could hear the roof being ripped off. Quissirua said all the houses are being destroyed and everyone was petrified. This was probably one of the last calls to be made before the phones went down.

36 hours later we’re still in the dark, desperate for news. Please, if you are able, donate to help families affected.

26/04/2019 - 16:50

A simply terrifying realisation that the strongest cyclone to ever reach land hit the north of Guludo's beautiful bay, home to Guludo Beach Lodge and where Nema is based and then powered through the village and all the other villages we work so closely with.

26/04/2019 - 14:30

Sadly, we still know very little. Nema’s GM, Gustavo, is in Pemba and no news is coming out of Macomia at all. The power and phones are down and information is scant. We’ve heard that countless houses were flattened before the full force of the cyclone struck and that critical Mucojo Clinic has been all but destroyed. As we hear more we will keep you updated.