Building resilient communities in Zimbabwe

Thanks to the Catholic community in England and Wales, CAFOD continues to tackle malnutrition in Zimbabwe, helping people grow more food, training communities to understand good nutrition, and providing clean water.

In Simatelele School, children were going hungry. Many found it hard to concentrate in class and some couldn’t make it to school at all.

“I remember feeling tired every day”, Karen explains. “Even walking, I felt tired. My grades were very poor. My hair turned pale and my stomach was large.”

Thanks to the new school vegetable garden and health lessons funded by CAFOD supporters, pupils are growing nutritious food.

Karen and her classmates are full of energy. “I do activities that I couldn’t manage before”, Karen beams. “Now I am very bright in class. I enjoy learning and I even study during the evenings.”

Not only are pupils feeling better and achieving higher grades, they’re also sharing their knowledge with family and friends so the whole community benefits.

Karen’s teacher, Memory, knows how important it is for the pupils to develop these skills – not just for themselves and their families, but for the difference they’ll make in the future too.

“Our kids are future parents. If we equip them with knowledge on how to run their homes, it will help them tomorrow. As parents of tomorrow, we will have better families tomorrow.”

CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe is crucial to helping build resilient communities, so families are in a stronger position if crisis occurs.

On Wednesday, the United Nations announced Zimbabwe is facing its worst ever hunger crisis. Together with the local Catholic Church, CAFOD have stepped up efforts to reach people who are suffering in some of the most remote parts of the country.

CAFOD’s Zimbabwe country representative, Verity Johnson, explains: “We are delivering grains and emergency food aid to help people on the brink of starvation, as well as helping them to access safe, clean water through new pipelines and wells.”

Thanks to the generous donations and gifts in wills from CAFOD supporters, children around the world have the chance to live happier, healthier lives.

To find out more about supporting CAFOD with a gift in your will, call Hannah on 020 7095 5367 or visit

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