Project #173 Building Healthy, Self-Reliant Families in Zimbabwe
Our partnership with Bopoma Villages
Zimbabwe is currently a country in crisis. Many families are surviving on one meal a day and one in three children suffer from stunting due to chronic malnutrition. The country’s economy has collapsed, inflation is the highest in the world and continues to spiral out of control. Moreover, flooding, followed by drought, have decimated agriculture. There are widespread shortages of food, medicine, fuel, electricity, and cash. Frustration over rampant unemployment and the rapidly eroding spending power of the country’s currency has resulted in strikes and demonstrations that have been violently shut down by the army and police. Most people in rural Zimbabwe drink water that is heavily contaminated with human and animal waste and women and girls face additional risks including respiratory diseases caused by cooking indoors.
Although devastating in their impact, many of the health risks facing rural Zimbabweans are preventable or can be addressed with simple, low-cost interventions. One Day’s Wages has partnered with Bopoma Villages to implement their Healthy Homes program in 75 homes in rural Zimbabwe. The Healthy Homes Project addresses the impacts of extreme poverty, malnutrition, and illness in rural Zimbabwe through seven practical, proven and sustainable solutions. These include providing clean water through household water filters, training people in biointensive farming methods and rainwater harvesting, helping women and children avoid exposure to toxic smoke through rocket stoves, building tippy-taps to facilitate hand-washing where there is no running water, and other simple, but powerful interventions. Introducing interventions that address multiple risks simultaneously greatly increases the overall impact on health and capacity.
Our collective impact
Family Gardens Developed
Rocket Stoves Installed
Machakata Community Garden
Machakata village has recently completed the development of a second extensive community garden! Two hundred and ninety-five garden beds are now providing approximately two hundred and fifty children and adults with ongoing high-nutrient food, are helping to build health and strengthen immunity to disease, and are providing a source of income for many families.The garden committee is led by local volunteers who have organized a staggered work schedule that allows all garden members to plant, mulch, water, weed, and perform necessary pest management while maintaining social distancing. Garden members use some of the food they grow for their families’ nutritional needs and sell some to generate income.Food security in Machakata village has greatly improved with two flourishing community gardens supported by a nearby borehole.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our global hunger fund.