Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe
Help Feed Hungry Children in Zimbabwe

Dear Supporters, 

For a change, I do have some good news! Thanks to the incredibly generous help from our donors, we will be able to feed our day scholars for the next term (three months from September to December). 

Actually, that is about the only good news to come out Zimbabwe right now.  Things are so chaotic and unpredictable on every front that I sometimes wonder if, coming as we do at the end of the alphabet, we might someday just drop off the planet altogether.  

As a result of our not being able to control our own currency, we adopted the US$ around eight years ago. For a while all went well and the shops once again had food, though much of it was unavailable to the majority of our mostly unemployed populace. However, the temptation proved too much for our leaders who have managed to relieve the country of nearly all of its cash – to the point that banks have limited withdrawals to $100 per person per day, for those who have the time and the ability to stand in line for hours.  Even then, this option is available only to those who live in the cities – not to rural people who have no access to banks. It is possible to move theoretical money around using mobile phones, but of course, many people do not have one, and although some rural outlets may accept that form of payment, they also demand a substantial purchase of goods before they will release even a minimal amount of cash (if indeed they have it).

The only people who are in a position to survive this situation, are those with foreign currency credit or debit cards, which are fortunately accepted by most outlets (with alacrity!)

Add the monetary disaster to the failure of the crops after last season’s drought, and you have a desperate and very hungry populace, who can see no end to their troubles.

Nothing is closer to Zimbabweans’ hearts than the education of their children, and they will sacrifice almost everything else to find school fees which, at $25 a term, are almost unaffordable for most of them. This is where the daily meal is so essential for their children, who not only have very little to eat at home but have to walk long distances to school and back every day.

So, that’s the update, and once again, very many thanks to all those who have given so generously so that these children can eat.  What is more important than that?

With Gratitude, 

The GVI Trust

 

 

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Dear Supporters, 

Zimbabwe doesn’t begin with the last letter of the alphabet for nothing.  We feature last on the list of countries of the world and if we carry on as we are, we’ll probably drop off it altogether. 

But, please, that’s no reason to forget us. 

It is not the fault of the people of this country that we are in this mess, it is entirely due to the total neglect by the government for the past thirty-six years.  Thanks to a ruinous agricultural policy, we haven’t been able to feed ourselves for decades but we have muddled through by importing from our neighbours.  But this year is different and this winter will be far, far worse. The last “rainy” season barely happened, with minor falls in  February and March - too little and too late for the maize crop (the staple diet in this part of Africa) that should be planted in November/December.

The drought has affected the whole of southern Africa so there will be almost no imports this year – and what does come in will, as usual, be handed out to the party faithful in Mashonaland.  People here, in Matabeleland (the most arid area of the country at the best of times), have no maize stored away and it won’t be long before they are facing starvation – with no help in sight from their government.

Thanks to the very generous donations we have received so far this year, we are still managing to feed over 270 day scholars at Marula Junior School – every lunchtime for five days a week during term time.  Up to now, we have been able to provide them with mealie meal (porridge made from maize) which is still available – at a price – plus beans, soy chunks, cabbage, tomatoes and a soup.  I was at the school two days ago and attach photographs of some of the very happy recipients.  For most of these children, this is the only proper, balanced meal they will have in the day – and many of them have to walk miles to school and back on an empty stomach.

That’s the thing about this country, and you can see it from the photographs:  no matter how tough things are, the people remain amazingly cheerful and friendly.  But right now they are being pushed to their limits – and this year there will be no relief to their suffering.

We are so grateful for the help that you have given us in the past.  If you can spare a little more, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you will be saving lives.  Many of these children are HIV positive or actually have AIDS – so once their immune system is compromised through hunger – they are in danger of succumbing to the disease.  

Many thanks from the children at Marula Junior School for your kindness.

With Gratitude, 

Bookey

 

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Dear Supporter, 

“More than quarter of the population face food shortages as Zimbabwe hit by severe drought, with cattle dying and crops destroyed” The Guardian,  5 February 2016)

First, a very big thank you to all the generous donors who have supported our feeding programme at Marula Junior School over the months since the project has been active. 

The past few years have been difficult, but nothing compares to what we are facing now.  In February, the President declared a state of disaster in rural areas. Our district is one of the worst affected.  

As there are no employment opportunities, the people here rely on growing their own crops, which are generally meagre as we receive little rainfall.   Our yearly average is 17 inches – this year we have had barely 6 inches, and it is already the end of the “rainy” season.  So there will be no maize this year and very little hope any imported food reaching outlying areas.

Of our 270 plus day scholars, many are AIDS orphans, living with relatives or with only slightly older siblings, all of whom are unemployed.  The only way we can feed them is to keep raising funds to buy them mealie meal, plus “relish” consisting of soy chunks, tomato, cabbage and a soup mix.   This enables us to give these children, most of them in the 5 – 10 age group, lunch every day during the term time.

Water is, of course, another huge problem.  This has been somewhat alleviated, though, by our being able to have the bush pump at the school well fixed recently thanks to overseas donors.  This water is not suitable for drinking or cooking but it can be used for everything else – and the children are kept busy pumping and carrying the water back to the school building in buckets. 

Our next project is to buy a storage tank, but first priority is food, food, food – enough to tide the children over until next year when we hope and pray that the rains will come.

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

Thanks for the lunch!
Thanks for the lunch!

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Dear Supporter, 

In November, just before Marula School broke up for their summer holiday and Christmas break, the children got together to write the following letter to you to thank you for helping them in 2015. 

We would like to thank you very much for the money you gave us towards buying relish (meant) for the feeding of day scholars. 

Your donation came at a time when our parents had no relish to offer from our homes. We can now eat our lunch at our school and all thanks to you. 

May you find it in your heart to continue the good gesture. 

I have also shared the letter as the picture attached to this report. 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us to help the children at Marula School. As we mentioned in our last report, the drought is taking its toll and times are incredibly tough for everyone. 

We hope that you have a wonderful festive season and that the new year brings nothing but good things for you!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

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Dear Supporter, 

Times are very tough here in Zimbabwe. The drought continues and people are suffering. Crops are failing because it is too hot and the rains are scarce, and as the crops fail people's source of food are depleting. On top of this, there is no indication that the government has the means or the desire to help its people. It all comes down to you and your donations. 

Thankfully, our feeding program here at Marula school has been able to continue for another few months. With your donations, we are able to supply the ingredients for the cooks to make a relish that is served over the mealie meal porridge, a staple food here in Zimbabwe.

Without this food, some of the 270 students here would go all day before getting a meal in the evening. That is a long time to go without food for a young child who has walked a substantial distance to attend school and then expected to concentrate all day long.

Many of the students are severely malnourished and there is no end in sight with the drought continuing, the economy continuing its downward spiral with hyperinflation the order of the day and the political situation worsening. 

Please consider donating a few extra dollars to help us feed the children at Marula!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

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