Tearfund Launches Appeal to Fight Hunger in Zimbabwe
July 3, 2010 Leave a comment
Tearfund has launched a new appeal to help impoverished Zimbabweans stave off the threat of extreme hunger. The “Make a Meal of It” appeal asks Christians across the United Kingdom to hold barbecue fundraising events this summer to raise awareness of the food crisis plaguing millions of Zimbabweans.
The money raised will go to churches in Zimbabwe that are already working on the ground to help poor people overcome extreme poverty.
“Churches are at the heart of Zimbabwe’s long term recovery – beyond aid relief – and they are now reaching out to more people than ever,” said Tearfund International Director Peter Grant. “The need for help, hope and transformation is ongoing and urgent. We want churches in the UK to feel part of this, share in Zimbabwe’s transformation, and have fun at the same time.”
Part of the funds raised through the campaign will go towards Foundations for Farming, a church-linked initiative that trains up to 100 farmers at a time in Bulawayo and Harare. The farmers are equipped to train another 100 farmers in their communities and the scheme is helping families learn how to grow their own food in a sustainable way. It is hoped that as they become self-sufficient they will be able to produce additional food for the communities they live in, potentially feeding hundreds of thousands of people.
“We are excited about this project because we see such potential in Zimbabwe again being able to feed itself,” said Grant. “People don’t want to depend on relief aid. This sustainable farming will strengthen the poorest families that have had to rely on so little for far too long. Read more.