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‘Tis the farming season…

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SCHOOLS CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE 2018

It is the farming season again in Zimbabwe and we continue on our mission to convert struggling rural farmers to use natural, low cost, conservation agriculture methods that have proven to work year after year.  However, this year we have decided to do something different – a challenge for 5 schools to bring their dry, failing agriculture plots back to green, organic vegetation using an eco-friendly approach with just a hoe!

The school that uses the conservation agriculture training (provided by our partners Foundations for Farming) to the letter, will undoubtedly triumph and produce an exhibition plot that can be used every season to show hundreds of schools and families in the area that you only need a small area of land, mother nature and a hoe to produce a year’s food for a large family AND surplus to sell.

During this farming season we will continue to train, monitor and support our rural schools and include some friendly competition to see who will achieve the best exhibition plot.  We invited participants from years before, who live within the community, who were only too happy to confirm that the conservation agriculture programme has been life changing for them.

Teachers and parents have been included in the training which will be passed to children and other families.  The harvest will be used to fund much needed school development and our feeding programme so children can receive a nutritious meal every day at school and at home.

We wish our schools all the very best!

 

And to you – our faithful supporters – we wish you a wonderful festive season and new year ahead.

Sending Peace

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Sending Peace to Zimbabwe…

Schools closed early last week in preparation for the 2018 Zimbabwe Presidential elections.  Today Zimbabweans head out to vote and we keep them all in our thoughts, hoping for a peaceful and smooth process…

Updated Website

We are proud to bring you our recently UPDATED WEBSITE giving details of our registration as the Feeding Minds Trust of Zimbabwe and the three programmes we are focussing on in the 9 primary schools and 7 ECD centres we are working.  The programmes benefit over 5,000 children daily as well as their teachers and many more families within the surrounding communities.

The Three Programmes

Our aims are to evolve the education and livelihoods of children, families and teachers in rural, destitute communities and schools by offering nutrition relief and innovative training techniques which provide independence, a quality education and a sustainable future.

It has been 10 years since we started working in one school – Obert’s old rural area school.  It is only through our essential and intricate experience working in these communities that we have found the most beneficial programmes and partners to meet their needs and achieve our aims…

Feeding in partnership with Ruff’s Kitchens
Conservation Agriculture in partnership with Foundations for Farming
Teacher training in partnership with Redearth Education

For £30/year a child in rural Zimbabwe can attend school for a whole year receiving a nutritious meal every day.
PLEASE DONATE HERE

Bridget’s story

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Bridget lives with her mum and little brother (nicknamed Biggie) in a tin shack in a township just outside Harare.

Bridget and Biggie have excellent school reports!  Their mother is very passionate about education and takes them to school herself every day.  They were skinny, severely malnourished and Bridget has been extremely ill many times due to dehydration and starvation. However, she still insists on going to school and on many occasions her mother has carried her to school on her back.

Since we have managed to support Bridget and her family with donations received which include healthcare, consistent payment of school fees at a better school and nutritious meals twice per day, their health has improved dramatically – they are now hopeful, feeling more energised, happier and healthier.  Look how much Bridget and her brother have grown!

Every rainy season Bridget’s mother has to rebuild their shack several times which brings much distress to them all.  We are delighted to report that we have received funding from 3 very generous donors to build a small two room brick house for Bridget and her family which cost US$3,000 (excluding the stand/land).  Through her hard work and her mother’s dedication they will be a part of changing a destructive cycle for themselves and future generations.

Thank you to everyone who supports Bridget and the many children like her!

Busy January reaching 4,100 children

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It has been a very busy January in Zimbabwe as it is the start of a new school year and the feeding program, with our partner Ruffs Kitchens, progresses and expands further within the rural area of Chinhoyi. The current rainy season has brought heavy rains on very dry land, causing flooding and making our mission of delivering food to remote schools an extremely challenging task. Our team have worked day and night to make this happen and we are proud to be a part of feeding 4,100 children with a highly nutritious mahewu meal every day at 7 schools and 5 ECD centres (nursery/preschool). Thank you to everyone who supports our work as this would not happen without you!

Starving Children in Zimbabwe

Obert’s school friends are starving in Zimbabwe

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You all saw the clip in the film, Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children where Obert and his friends spent hours trying to catch a small bird and then sat eating every delicate piece of meat he could get off its tiny bones.  It had been his first bit of food for days.

We have received an extremely distressing report from the Headmaster of Obert’s old rural area school to say absenteeism is at an all-time high due to severe food shortages in the area.  Children are weak or ill due to relentless suffering from hunger.

In January 2013 the school had a freak weather system come through which destroyed their agriculture plot and years of hard work.  However this agriculture plot is an education tool and can only feed so many children, it is not enough to cover the majority.

For £30 you can pay a child’s school fees and help us expand their agriculture plot to feed more children.  We are working together with the school to focus on this crisis for 2014 but we desperately need the funding from you, our devoted donors.  We have worked so hard to reduce absenteeism to only 4% and give these children an education, but how can they absorb this without nutrition?

Obert is doing very well at boarding school and exceling in his subjects.  We have high hopes for his future in being a part of helping his beloved community, but for now his friends are suffering in a way he knows so well and he finds this heart-breaking.  Please help Obert’s friends, the way you helped him!