The Next Steps in Zimbabwe

Tendai Marima/ All We Can

You may have already heard a little about All We Can’s ‘The Next Steps’ campaign, and the community in Nkayi – a rural region in Zimbabwe’s Matebeleland North. Obbie (pictured) lives in Nkayi. The region often experiences extended dry spells, and is prone to persistent drought as well as other extreme weather events such as floods and high temperatures.

As a result, access to water is an issue in Nkayi, with women and young people often traveling long distances (up to 5 km) to fetch water. The infrequent quantities of rain that do fall in the region are insufficient for growing most crop varieties, meaning families can struggle to grow food.

Obbie is one of the original members of a community garden which was started up by a collective of 36 women to sell tomatoes and green vegetables, supported by All We
Can’s local partner in Nkayi, HEFO (Health Education and Food Security Organisation). Growing crops in the garden used to be a struggle – but thankfully, the installation of a solar borehole, a water tank and taps has made crops watering easier. It has increased the garden produce, and encouraged the farmers to search for more markets to sell their vegetables.

The solar borehole project and the taps have helped everyone in the community. Now it has encouraged other women to come forward and be active, and even the youth are also doing something.’ Obbie.

Thanks to your support, HEFO can continue to walk alongside the community in Nkayi, supporting them as they take their next steps in the face of Covid-19 and climate change. You can find out more about how to support this work at allwecan.org.uk/nextsteps.

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