Behind a number like 14 million are real little children, real dads, real moms … like Regina in Zimbabwe.
Regina and her family are at an extreme disadvantage during this crisis because Regina has no job, no source of food. She struggles to walk to get water for her family. She’s a single mom with clubfoot and paralysis of her lower leg.
It’s even harder for her now because her brother, who she depended on, went on a desperate search for work in Mozambique. Leaving Regina to care for her son and nephew all on her own. The chances of her brother finding work are slim. The whole family is losing hope.
Hunger Crisis in southern Africa
Since 2015, southern Africa has suffered severe drought. Successive rains have failed. Crops have shrivelled. Cows, chickens and goats are dying. Food prices have shot through the roof. The brutal reality is that children with disabilities are at higher risk. Too often, they’re the last to be fed, and first to die.
To add to the already desperate situation, since December, the long-awaited rains have battered Zimbabwe and caused floods, damage to infrastructure and additional crop damage. Even more livestock are dying and the children are at an increased risk of catching water-borne diseases.
CHILDREN MOST AT RISK
When food runs out, children and families living with the added challenge of disability are even more at risk, more vulnerable. Even when food aid is available, these families have a harder time accessing it. Please join us in helping these precious children so they aren’t overlooked.
Erratic weather patterns
Throughout Africa, rainfall distribution has changed. Large regions have experienced unusual, prolonged drought. Other regions are suffering heavier than normal rains and flooding. Higher water levels bring more violent storms.
Rains fail and crops die
Two years of prolonged drought. Successive crops shrivelled and died. Then in December, heavier than normal rains caused flooding. Everything that was planted in October/November 2016 is a write-off. The water sources have dried up.
Livestock gone and money gone
During the drought, much of the region’s livestock died. Villagers have no money because there are no piece jobs due to the drought. Food prices have gone up with demand. Vulnerable populations can’t count on neighboring communities because the devastation is widespread.
Improve access to nutrient-rich food for the most vulnerable children and families over the next few months until the next harvest.
• Identify at-risk children and families, ensuring families living with disability are not overlooked
• Purchase, deliver and distribute nutritional food packs
• Monitor children’s health status
Help vulnerable families rebuild shattered lives:
• Purchase, deliver and distribute goats and road runners
• Purchase accessories needed for boreholes and irrigation
• Drill boreholes
• Build community gardens, and provide gardening materials