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Cyclone Victims Get Grass Roots Help from Pittsburgh Charity

Unique group serves as middle man for in-kind donations to boots on the ground partners in three devastated African nations.

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Brother's Brother Foundation is known for their quick response to local, national and even international disasters. They were among the first to help after Hurricanes Irma, Michael, Florence and Maria. And they reached out to victims of the wildfires in California last year. Now the organization is responding to help victims of Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

The organization, based in Pittsburgh, PA, is unique in that they have a network of partners in the countries where they respond to disasters, and the relief they provide comes in the form of in-kind donations. That means they're kind of the middle man: they accept relief items from individuals and corporations -- like pharmaceutical companies -- then pass the items and materials on to their in-country partners. This allows them to be efficient when sending medical supplies and equipment to third world disaster locations, or food, water and personal care items to the California towns destroyed by wildfires.

Brother's Brother says they have longstanding partners in all three nations affected by the cyclone and have already been able to make contact with partners in Zimbabwe and Malawi even though communications are sketchy. The organization says they'll likely be working with medical facilities and relief teams as the countries rebuild following the storm.

If you'd like to donate you can do it on their website, by calling, or sending a check to their offices (be sure to mark in the memo line which disaster you want your donation to benefit):

Brother's Brother Foundation

1200 Galveston Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

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