I was just reading the post about the rains coming…
this last year they didn’t.
Crops failed. Livestock died and people are struggling to survive.
Jam Pots and Purls has launched a new fundraising campaign to get help to where it is needed. We will be going live on Fundraiser any day now.
Jam Pots And Purls Fundraising for Children of the Soil
Jam Pots And Purls was set up in 2013 to respond to a need expressed by Vanavevhu-Children of the Soil, a charity working with young people orphaned by AIDS in Zimbabwe. These young people have taken on responsibilities far beyond their years, providing for the financial, practical and emotional needs of their siblings and extended families. With the help of Vanavevhu, they are reaching beyond their losses and hardships to a future of hope and expectation. Vanavevhu has stepped in to help meet the need for education, food availability, budgeting on a low income, training and skill development. Through the work at Vanavevhu these amazing young people are learning market gardening, bee keeping and candle making, equipping them with skills to make their way in life.
At the end of 2015, the climate dealt a heavy blow. The long awaited rains between October- March didn’t happen. Crops failed and livestock died. President Mugabe declared a state of disaster and food aid began to arrive but this has been focused on rural areas. The youth at Vanavevhu live in the slums on the edge of Bulawayo and have received no aid. The work on the permaculture market garden came to a halt because the water table dropped below the depth of their bore hole. Many of the youth have additional jobs known as “piece work” but these are mainly in harvesting maize and taking in laundry, both of which have been curtailed by the drought. The youth are unable to grow their own food or raise money to buy food and Zimbabwe is now entering the dry season. Families are surviving on maize meal with little nutritional value, in homes where sanitation, hygiene and health have been compromised by the lack of water. Children are too weak to walk the long distances to school and attendance has dropped.
In the first instance, in response to this crisis I am raising money to alleviate the pressing nutritional needs and provide for health emergencies that arise. This will be a very practical way of getting help to where it is needed. I can transfer money directly to Lizz Mhangami the director of the charity in Zimbabwe and she can buy and distribute the food to the Children of the Soil. She will also be able to monitor health needs at the same time. . Another contact I have in Bulawayo supplies E’Pap, a highly nutritious porridge with all the minerals and vitamins required in one daily helping. This can be bought at low cost and distributed to supplement the diets of those in need.
It costs as little as £6 to supply a person with a daily portion of E’Pap for a month. Life is not cheap, but the solution is. I am aiming to provide assistance with buying food until the end of September or until the situation eases. I am in regular contact with the team at Vanavevhu and have regular updates about the current situation.
Once this pressing need has been met I am looking into returning in October when the rains come, to assist in getting the permaculture up and running again. In addition I have been asked to teach soap-making to run alongside the candle-making business and to link this into Global Handwashing Day on 15th October. They have new outlets for the candles in the tourist industry and the soap will fit perfectly into this same market, establishing the business on a more solid footing offering a greater financial security with the potential for growth. The success of Vanavevhu to date has shown the need for someone to believe in the power of youth, to believe enough to invest time and energy and love.
I am aiming to raise £2500
- Finance for food and medical costs £1600
- Living costs and transport once in Zimbabwe £600
- Materials and equipment for launching the soap-making production £300
There will be a lot of physical work on the ground to get the market garden ready for planting once the rains come and training the youth in the new skills of soap-making. At the same time I shall be continuing to help provide the emotional and spiritual support needed to bring these youngsters into a place of healing. There is the need for the sharing of knowledge, skills and dreams, and to give words of encouragement and heartfelt congratulations when goals have been realised. These young people need adults to fill the gap where their parents would have stood.
Further information about Jam Pots And Purls can be found at www.facebook.com/JamPotsAndPurls/
The website for Vanavehu-Children of the Soil is www.vanavevhu.org
Please get in touch if you have any questions, would like to host a fundraising coffee morning, garden party, curry night etc
Donations can be made to me directly if you are local, online at www.jampotsandpurls.wordpress.com
Or by cheque made payable to Jam Pots And Purls. Please contact me for postal address