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Food for Zimbabwe’s furthest

It was a scorcher: 43 degrees Celsius to be exact – some of the highest temperatures the country had seen all year. Thankfully though, as with every day, your sponsorship was hard at work, actively reaching those that need it most to support their health, and keep them safe.

 



You helped distribute more than 30 tonnes of food to over 7,000 people at-risk across Zimbabwe! That’s close to the weight of an 18-wheeler transport truck!

 

Watch the joyous moment they received the support of Canadian sponsors – like you:

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country filled with many beautiful landscapes, but as our team drove up winding, rugged back roads, we looked out at the dry brown fields and singed earth – deprived of rain and burnt from fire – and the evidence of drought was unmistakable.

The families who live in these rural communities are heavily reliant on agriculture for both food and income – making them some of the hardest hit by the lasting impacts of climate change.

Scorched fields, affected by drought, beside a somber mother and baby. ”

Vulnerable groups battle the effects local drought wreak on their crops – as well as their health and safety.

Unfortunately, as resources become even scarcer, it takes a physical toll on locals – particularly populations already most at-risk, like children under the age of 5, pregnant women, lactating mothers and those with compromised immune systems, due to illness like HIV/AIDs.

Yet, despite these challenges – and the heat – spirits could not be quelled, thanks to you…

After learning of the program through staff promotion (posters, public addresses at community events and word of mouth), mothers and children travelled from all over the mountainous area to meet up at a Plan-International backed clinic. Here, they secured lifesaving food provisions, which you help make possible.

Three panel: Cheerful women and their babies and children sit and gather under trees for shade.”

Families sit in the shade, sharing a cheerful moment of refuge as they patiently await their turn to collect goods.

Households who face the challenges of chronic illness, disability, elderly dependency or those assisting orphaned children, also benefitted through this Health Sponsorship program.

How it works:

The four key stages of emergency food provision

Four images display: nutritional screening checks, program signup and enrollment, ration distribution, and the happiness of taking the boxes and bags of food home.”

What’s included:

  • 6 – 10 kg of special nutrient-dense foods like cereals and maize
  • Important information on breastfeeding practices, dietary requirements, water purification, hygiene practices, etc.

And though these supplemental feeding programs are critical for emergency support in times of need, they exist as one component built into a larger, holistic community approach. This means surrounding families are also actively engaging in complementary projects like water irrigation builds, helping them achieve alternative long-term, self-sufficient food sources.

Double panel: happy moms carry their babies on their backs, with food – like bananas and cereal – in tow. ”

Carrying hope in tow: The joy was palpable and gratitude abound as the happy group gathered to gain their chance for improved nutrition, and improved lives.

 

The impact:

Enrolled individuals participate in ongoing monitoring, and in follow-up surveys, were found to have an average of 3 meals a day, leading to increased weight gain, energy and productivity levels.

“My child at 1 year 5 months was weak and could not stand and walk,” said one of the mothers in attendance. “But soon after the introduction of this porridge she was able to do both. Come and see for yourself how healthy she is now!” she adds, elatedly!

A smiling woman holds both the cereal packs she received, as well as her baby on her back.”

You’re helping bring better health to both moms… and their babies!

“Thank you for affording this community the chance to transform lives,” shares Betina, one of the nurses working at the Plan International-funded clinic, adjacent to the food distribution point.

“We used to have children with severe malnutrition, but it is now becoming a thing of the past. We are treating them through this great program. So, on behalf of our clinic staff: thank you donors.”

 A mother carries her baby on her back, while both wave and smile at the camera. ”

A message from the remote hills of the Zimbabwe, all the way to you: many heartfelt wishes, smiles and sincere words of “Thank you!

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