As CEO it is my responsibility to ensure every project runs to the best of it's ability and it is my responsibility to ensure the funds we raise are used it the best way. I visit all our projects and speak with each and every project team daily and I really love my job.
Last week I headed over to Zimbabwe and visited 31 schools and 10 different projects and the need to expand this project is urgent. We need to start supporting all 31 school which means 9,400 children that need food. These children get nothing at home and so the meal at school is really important.
The schools are doing their best but need our help, children are fed e-pap wich is designed for emergency disaster to give people emergency food that is full of protein but it is a pwder and must be mixed with water. I arrived at two school's during lunch time and children must supply their own dish, many was a plastic bag where they get their pap from the teacher then two children walk to the borehole to collect water and then distribute the water to the children.
I couldn't believe it this water was rusty and dirty but the only source of water they are using it daily. My priorities for this project is that we need to find a solution to filter the water for the schools then we need to look at Aquaponic systems and chicken farms installed at all the schools so they can have a sustainable food source. We also need to keep feeding these children daily so we most certainly have our work cut out.
Our local team in Zimbabwe ar experienced and know how to implement what is needed but it comes down to funding and this is why this #givingtuesday I appeal to our lovely donors to help support us once again.
According to our world data 697 million people around the world are suffering from severe food insecurity! 22% of children under the age of 5 are suffering from stunted growth due to malnourishment. Assisting these communities has been our focus over the last 10 months. Since the beginning of the year we have managed to provide 470485 meals to individuals in communities suffering from food insecurity across 5 different countries. Our goal is to provide nourishment and food security to those who need it most.
Our partners in Zimbabwe have been running their feeding program since 2005 feeding over 300 children in a country whose government policies have failed to support sustainable food production over the years.
We would love to continue to grow our initiatives in promoting food security and expand our footprint into other countries and communities!
Countless schools in remote regions sit high above their water source, therefore, there is no water in the taps and no way of flushing a toilet. For several days a month, young girls who already face a cultural battle to enroll in school, are forced to stay home while male peers continue to attend. This directly contributes to gender inequality and keeps girls at lower levels of education
Our objectives are simple: to continue to assist the local community in every way we can - particularly with the feeding of primary school children, and providing resources to maximise their education and eventually their employment opportunities. This will help them concentrate and focus on their studies while they are at school and will also provide them with some of the nutrients that they are lacking. It costs the project $15 to feed 40 children lunch per day. We would love to continue to growing our impact on this project.
Despite a change of leadership, nothing has changed for the ordinary citizen of Zimbabwe. Prices keep escalating and unemployment is around 99%. This project aims to assist the 250-day scholars at the local Primary School with daily nutritious lunch, essential stationery, exercise and textbooks, by assisting with these essential resources we hope to alleviate external struggles so that the children can focus on their education and continue further.
A donation of $15 will provide a lunch pack to 40 children. The project supports local primary schools in rural Zimbabwe. All our day scholars receive a lunch funded by you, this is most of the time, the only meal they receive in a day.
The headteacher of our local rural school retired this year and unfortunately we couldn't do a big send off due to the school has been forced closed under government COVID-19 regulations. In September we got the green light to re-open the school and welcomed our new Headteacher, who was taken back by the support of our project. After we got the news schools can re-open we suspended our food parcel drive and worked with the new head to get the shopping delivered to the school and our program restarted feeding the students at the school on the 20th September.
It's good to be back and the new head forwarded us letter (attached) from the students and added a personal thank you as below that she wanted us to pass on to you, our donors....
"On behalf of our Primary School learners, staff and parents, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the food provisions. The aid you have given to our learners has assisted very much in boosting our school enrollment. Learners are now able to stay for afternoon lessons as they will have had something for the day.
Above all, this will facilitate a good pass rate. Your generosity has gone a great stride in alleviating the challenges faced by the community. Most parents are not employed, and the employed are not gainfully so.
Attached are the letters from the learners themselves.
We wish you all the best in your endeavours
We are excited to be back in the school and our cooks are busy in the Kitchen, it is easier for us to ensure all children are fed daily at the school rather than the home food parcels we funded during lockdown. Our funds are getting low but we have managed to purchase enough food for September, October and November and so now we kick off our fundraising for December and next year. Every donation made is really making a difference and we thank you for being apart of this amazing project! We have also included a link to a video of the children getting their food on the first day back.
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