Zimbabwe used to be the bread-basket of Africa. But in recent years has been devastated by political instability, economic crisis, drought, high unemployment and the spread of HIV. Zimbabwe is now a low-income, food deficit country. Matabeleland has been badly hit by the drought, affecting jobs. Many students end up dropping out of school due to hunger. At Marula School, we presently have 270 pupils who rely on a free lunch as their main, or only, meal during the day.
This project, overseen by The Stone Hills Wildlife Sanctuary for the last 10 years, has been supporting a feeding program at Marula. We provide every student one meal a day of mealie meal (ground maize) and relish. The mealie meal is sponsored by a local company, National Foods, and the relish is supplied through your generous donations. The relish is a mix of soy beans, sugar beans, tomatoes and onions. Which is often their only meal for a whole day.
Our long-term objectives are simple: to be able to provide a meal each day for all of the students at Marula School. This will help them concentrate and focus on their studies while they are at school. It will also provide them with some of the nutrients that they are lacking.
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