This Christmas we want you to help us fight hunger and overcome poverty in Zimbabwe. We want to make sure that no child goes to school hungry.
Our Christmas campaign is in support of our feeding programme. It aims to give children in Zimbabwe two good meals a day. The campaign will launch on #GivingTuesday, December 3rd 2019. Supporters will have one week to donate and make a difference.
We have partnered with The Big Give to make the most of your donation. Two generous pledgers have committed to match every penny of the first £4,000 raised. If we hit this initial target, we will be able to feed over 150 children for an entire year!
We are asking you to support the feeding programme because:
- Hungry children struggle to concentrate in class. This means they underperform at school and fail to reach their potential in life.
- Most families in Zimbabwe live in poverty and can’t afford to buy food. In winter, parents have to choose between feeding their families and heating their homes.
- Over time, hunger causes poverty. This is especially true in agrarian societies. When people have less energy, they are less productive and spend less time on the land.
- Hunger and malnutrition create severe health risks. Children are more likely to experience stunted growth. Vitamin and nutritional deficiencies mean they are at risk of sickness.
By supporting us, you will be helping children like Jossline. We met Jossline on our recent visit to Zimbabwe. When we asked her mother what the biggest challenge their family faced was, she responded with one word… “Food”.
Many Zimbabwean families will be aware of this challenge. Subsistence farming rarely produces enough surplus to buy extra food. This problem has worsened with hyperinflation: the prices of regular goods have soared. This precarious situation worsened earlier this year when Cyclone Idai struck Eastern Zimbabwe. It was the worst storm on record in Africa, and tragically took over 1000 lives. Many are still feeling the effects of the storm. Families lost a major source of food as it destroyed crops.
Your support is crucial at this challenging time. It is helping children and vulnerable families to overcome food shortages.
By donating to this campaign, you are giving a child access to two meals a day. This begins with porridge in the morning before school. In the afternoon they have maheu, a nutritious and filling maize-based drink. This is a crucial step as we fight hunger and overcome poverty in Zimbabwe.
To donate, follow the link in this post, or search “Creating Better Futures” on the Big Give website.