One year since Idai, more help is needed as the drought and food shortages continue.
How your donations have helped
With your generous donations, our local partners were on the ground immediately in Zimbabwe to support affected communities with essential supplies:
- foodstuffs such as maize meal, sugar, dried fish, cooking oil, salt and tea leaves
- household essentials, from cooking utensils to water storage containers and blankets
- toiletries and sundries such as soap, toothbrushes, towels, laundry powder and washing buckets
Alongside this essential support, there have been awareness-raising activities on topics such as climate change, hygiene, disaster preparedness, accountability, safeguarding and protection issues.
The rebuilding continues, but more needs to be done
Work also continues with rebuilding infrastructure and livelihoods, providing agricultural resources and offering psychosocial support. For example: in December 2019, we and our partners MeDRA and Africa Ahead gave 147 new homes to Idai survivors in Zimbabwe’s Chipinge, Buhera and Bikita districts.
All this has helped to ensure families have somewhere safe to live and to start rebuilding their lives.
However, Zimbabwe – and the Southern African region – faces a major hunger crisis.
‘The people of Zimbabwe are struggling’
For the country once known as ‘the bread basket of Africa’, the worst drought in four decades is looming. Many lost their crops and livestock to Idai, with no second planting season on the horizon.
Now heavily reliant on rain-fed agriculture, communities are experiencing repeated failed crops and millions of people left hungry as the country’s vital grain reserves have been wiped out. Nearly 1 in 3 children under five are suffering from malnutrition.
Our Zimbabwe Country Director, Nicholas Shamano, said: ‘The people of Zimbabwe are struggling to find enough to eat, and while climate change and more extreme, and frequent, weather conditions have contributed to high levels of food insecurity, failing infrastructure continues to hinder the nation’s recovery.’
With Zimbabwe now relying on grain imports, and long in need of investment in agriculture, its communities are still in need of humanitarian support in Idai’s long-term wake.
With the help of local and national authorities, much-needed practical support – especially food – is essential for the continued recovery of the affected communities.