When we donate to an appeal – Lent, Harvest or an emergency – or make a regular gift – we all want to know and trust that our money will reach the people who need it most.
Here’s how your compassion and generous support for our Lent appeal in 2018 when you donated a fantastic £4.3 million, which was doubled by the UK government through matched funding, is working to save lives in Zimbabwe.
Fiona and her two children in Zimbabwe (above) will receive a vegetable garden.
Since last year’s Lenten appeal, our local nutrition experts have been working hard to reach the most vulnerable people – children, pregnant women, breastfeeding Mums and older members of the community – and ensure they’re getting a good meal.
So far we’ve reached a total of 4,293 people. And we’re on track to reach 239,000 people across Zimbabwe, Eritrea and Zambia by the end of 2021.
One year on from our 2018 appeal, we revisit some of the people you met last year in Zimbabwe.
A vegetable garden for the Mudzemeti family
When we met Fiona, she was worried about her youngest son Pardon, who was showing signs of malnutrition. But Fiona and her husband Peter have just received the good news that their village will be receiving a vegetable garden.
The old reservoir in the village was repaired thanks to your Lent 2017 donations, and our local water expert was waiting to see if there was enough rain and if the dam would hold enough water. The good news is the dam is now full, so there’s enough water to irrigate a vegetable garden.
Work to build a fence and start planting has already begun.
Beds for pregnant women at Mtora Mission Hospital
Mtora Mission Hospital shelters many expectant mothers during their last few weeks of pregnancy, so they’re close to medical care when they give birth.
The wards are overcrowded, and many women sleep on the floor when it’s busy.
Livison, from our Zimbabwe office, has confirmed that enough money was raised to build a new ward, with 20 beds for the pregnant mums.
The plans have been drawn up and contractors hired, and the ward should be completed by June 2019.
Thank you from Livison, CAFOD’s Zimbabwe office
Livison Chipatiso (right) our project leader in Zimbabwe.
“It was an eye opener for me to see how hard communities in the UK work for justice and to cater for poor communities around the world. With the amount you raised, we can do a fantastic job. You’re helping us to reach the poorest communities with water and good food. On our part, we’ll put the money to good use and we’ll send you progress of what your money is doing. On behalf of the communities, thank you. I’m very grateful.”
Nutrition in Zimbabwe: what’s happened so far…
- Taught 1,403 people how to adapt their farming methods to a changing climate
- Identified 17 sites for new community vegetable gardens
- Planted 233 fruit trees in schools
- Trained 27 nurses and community health workers to spot malnutrition
Update for 2019!
At the last count, you have donated over £1 million to our 2019 Lent appeal. Thank you for helping us reach more of our brothers and sisters with the help that they need to thrive.