Zimbabwe is still suffering from a major food crisis. Hear first-hand report from a CAFOD worker and get details of the Trcaire Zimbabwe crisis appeal.

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Nana Anto-Awuakye is the Senior Media Officer with the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD). She has just returned from the country where she was visiting their partner organization, Caritas Zimbabwe. She says that while supermarkets in the capital may appear full, the crisis is still evident in rural areas…

Tinotenda Chigerwe with her Grandmother Vaida Shamu received food supplies from Trcaire.
Tinotenda Chigerwe with her Grandmother Vaida Shamu

Trcaire launches Zimbabwe crisis appeal

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Zimbabwe is in the grip of an appalling humanitarian crisis with millions of people threatened by hunger and disease. Seven million people have been affected by widespread food shortages and almost 100,000 more by a cholera epidemic that has already claimed over 4,000 lives.

A staggering seventy five percent of Zimbabwes population has been threatened by food shortages and soaring food prices with many people relying on emergency food aid. The provision of emergency food parcels provided a lifeline for many families but recent cutbacks in food aid have left people with little or no food and vulnerable to extreme hunger.

The cholera epidemic, caused by poorly maintained sewerage and water systems has already claimed thousands of lives. Cholera, a waterborne disease, is extremely infectious and the provision of safe water and sanitation remain critical factors in helping to reduce the spread of the disease throughout the country. The food shortages have left many people weakened and more susceptible to cholera, especially young children, the elderly and people living with HIV.

What we’re doing

We are helping people like Tinotenda Chigerwe (pictured above). Tinotenda is a young girl living with HIV. When she was only eight she lost both her parents and went to live with her Grandmother, Vaida Shamu, in Masvingo, a city in south eastern Zimbabwe.

Life became extremely difficult for both of them. Tinotendas health deteriorated and she was left bed-ridden, unable to play with her friends or to go to school. Her grandmother was unemployed and could not provide the nutritious food Tinotenda needed to help her cope with her illness.

Now, thanks to Trcaire Tinotenda and her grandmother receive food packages and maize seeds from a feeding programme. Tinotendas health has improved and these days she is up and about. The food is really nice and I can eat enough to fill me up, she told us. Her grandmothers maize crop is now thriving and she can provide enough food to feed herself and Tinotenda for the next year.

Mrs Muchaka, a widow with three children has received water treatment tablets so she and her children now have safe, clean drinking water. They also received buckets, soap and cotton wool, which helps keep the children free from infection.

Mrs Muchaka, a widow with three children has received water treatment tablets so she and her children now have safe, clean drinking water.

We are currently providing life-saving food packs including maize and beans every month for 1,950 vulnerable families, as well as daily meals for over 24,000 hungry school children and orphans.

To reduce the spread of cholera we are digging boreholes for clean water and sanitation, providing education programmes on how to prevent the disease and distributing chlorine tablets and soap.

We are also working with local and national organisations to improve the daily lives of Zimbabweans by promoting the need for basic human rights, peace, justice and democracy.