Bread and Water for Africa’s® long-time partner in Zimbabwe, Shinga Development Trust, helps provide loving homes and provides educations for orphans and deserted children. To say that the country is besieged by drastic weather conditions is an understatement.
In the capital city of Harare, poor rains have caused significant drops in the capacity of its main source of water, Lake Chivero. Some 200 miles to east in Mutare, where Shinga is located, tens of thousands are still struggling with the aftermath of floods that killed nearly 270 people and destroyed countless homes and roads, reported Voice of America on April 7.
Three weeks after Cyclone Idai struck, Shinga executive director Margaret Makambira is struggling to meet the needs of the orphans under her care – a big enough job in normal circumstances.
But these times there are anything but.
With your help, Bread and Water for Africa® will be sending a grant to Margaret soon to enable her to purchase the water, food and other supplies necessary to continue to provide the children with the basic necessities of life.
“The people of Zimbabwe have been suffering a lot,” noted Bread and Water for Africa® Executive Director Bethelhem Tessema, “and we need to provide them with support.”
The United Nations has determined that $60 million is needed to help Zimbabwe recover from the cyclone disaster noting that in addition to the flooding and water shortage, Zimbabweans are also facing an economic crisis with prices of staples such as rice, cooking oil and sugar having risen by as much as 60 percent since February.
Margaret and the children she is responsible for are desperate. Please help us help them today.