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Climate change has separated families in Zimbabwe

Due to relentless drought and severe flooding, the land is no longer adequate for good food production. This has forced many farmers to leave Zimbabwe, and their children, in order to find work to support their families.

Samantha is a 20 year-old student, living in Bulilima, one of Zimbabwe’s poorest districts. She has dreams of going to university and studying to become a meteorologist.  However, as it stands, her dreams seem completely out of reach.

When Samantha was just 12 years old, her parents had no choice but to leave their young family to find work in South Africa. Samantha was left to care for her three younger siblings, and this has meant she is unable to focus on her own studies and ambitions. She says, “I now have to be a parent to my siblings”.

With her family broken apart, Samantha’s opportunities, as well as many others like her, are limited. However, this does not have to be the reality for many in the same position.

 

A clever combination of solutions will help keep families together by providing them with the means of making a living in their own communities

Fortunately, we have a solution


Our unique combination of knowledge transfer, skills training, solar powered irrigation and improved seeds will help farmers in Zimbabwe to double their food production and increase their income.

Farmers will be able to move from reliance on food aid to self-sufficiency, enabling them to stay in their communities and lift themselves out of poverty for good – creating a better life for their families and increasing the opportunities that are available to their children.

Children will benefit by going to school, allowing them to focus on their dreams; and the environment will be transformed and protected for future generations.

 


We know it will work. We've done it before

In nearby Gwanda, people were suffering from similar problems, unable to grow enough to survive and relying on food aid. We helped with solar irrigation and training in better land management, making a dramatic difference to the yield from the land.

Ruth, 64, [pictured left] says: "This will be our first successful harvest so I am very excited and very happy. I will be able to pay school fees for my grandchildren and buy cattle and goats."

 

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