Zimbabwe School Feeding Program

A severe drought is underway in Zimbabwe and we expect there to be food shortages throughout the region this dry season. Children will be especially vulnerable.

We've chosen to help raise funds for The Hwange School Feeding Program which has been running since 2011. Western Zimbabwe, known as Matabeleland, is an area of unreliable rainfall, but life – human and animal – is dependent on this resource. In years of poor rainfall, crops fail and this means no food for rural Zimbabweans or fodder for their livestock. Many school children arrive at school hungry as there was no breakfast available at home.

As a consequence their concentration and performance in the classroom were poor. After witnessing exhausted hungry children falling asleep in class and struggling to walk to and from school every day, our partners in Zimbabwe have made it their mission during drought years to provide a cooked meal to every school child at the schools in the Hwange districts we support. 2016 was their biggest school feeding year where we provided 412,000 meals to school children in the area - this year the country was affected by a terrible drought which saw crop failure in many rural communities and as a result, many households did not produce sufficient food for their families. 2019 is expected to see more severe conditions later this season.

$3 is the cost to supply one meal per day to a school child for 1 month ($0.16 per meal) and while every donated cent from guests and donors is used to purchase foodstuffs, our local partners provide all of the logistics including sourcing, storing and distributing tons of food. We encourage guests if they want to help, to get involved in this worthwhile program. In addition to these programs, three of our preferred lodges (Bomani, Camelthorn and Gorges) are built on or adjacent to communal tribal land bordering national parks. The local communities are not only neighbors to our preferred lodges, but they also serve as landlords and partners. Beyond the social service investments resulting from tourism, 100 people from the surrounding communities are employed on a long-term basis as guides or camp staff, with another 30 employed as part-time, seasonal staff. We firmly believe that community initiatives are powerful conservation initiatives. Engaging and empowering local communities is the first and most important step in conservation.

When communities see the benefits from tourism, they are much more likely to help deter poachers and tolerate problem animals in their villages.

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