AIDS orphans are among the most forgotten children. Jama is just one of them and Soleil is another. One from Zimbabwe and one from Kenya. They, along with another 198 children will eat food from their own personal gardens, giving them nutritious vegetables to complement the milk and eggs produced by livestock they also receive. As the children learn how to plant, harvest and produce their food, they learn valuable life skills so that as adults, they can fend for themselves.
Food is scarce for AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe and Kenya. In fact, it is scarce for most of the population due to drought in both countries. Children are going to bed hungry, making it hard for them to concentrate on school work and their daily activities. They are sometimes found eating dirt or trying to seek out a meal out of leaves from any tree they find.
If the children are HIV+, they need food to keep infections at bay and their bodies strong
This project will provide training in conservation farming to the guardian of an orphan household, as well as to the eldest child, including composting, seed saving, planting, and other topics. Drought resistant seeds will be given to the families, as well. Monitoring will be provided so that the families are not left alone while gardens grow. Kale, spinach, maize, tomatoes, peppers, squashes, and other nutritious food will be harvested for the families to eat. Seeds are saved for next year
Transportation, monitoring, seeds, trainings, and ongoing support are all part of this project so that the children don't incur any costs, but instead, receive the benefits. 200 children and guardians will receive training, food and follow up counseling and monitoring. This, in turn, will arrest the vicious cycle of hunger and imported food distribution year after year.
UNICEF Zimbabwe Information
Zimbabwe Country Information
Food Insecurity in Zimababwe - World Food Program