Feeding Families in 2 ways
Dear Friends and Co-Laborers in Christ,
I am forever deeply thankful to God for the generous food relief support received from HPDZ friends that helped Nyazura residents feed their families.
The 2020-2021 farming season has started with great promise of the end of drought in Nyazura. This follows the unexpectedly more rains that poured down on 11-12 October. I took a risk and planted the earliest corn, having fenced out my piece of land to keep goats and cattle out. The corn germinated but the sun started burning and continued till November 22nd. I had to resort to watering my corn using a bucket and cup to survive the scorching heat. It paid off as I managed to save 99% of my corn which is now doing very well to the envy of the whole village. It taught me one invaluable lesson that in order to end hunger and food insecurity in Zimbabwe, communities do not need just access to drinking water but also to irrigation water. As long as small-scale farmers depend on rainwater alone, hunger shall continue to be entrenched as droughts are recurring more than expected. Praise God for the new borehole and the potential for future irrigation!
Zimbabweans are not only experiencing hunger and food insecurity but are also experiencing a second wave of Covid 19 outbreak. However, it is a miracle that the numbers of infected and dying remain relatively less than expected considering the bad state of our medical infrastructure.
Faced with the double challenges of Covid 19 uncertainty and food insecurity, people’s trust in God has not dwindled. Many are turning to God for hope.
This newsletter gives an update on the borehole drilled and the setting up of a tank and tank stand, solar powered submersible pump and solar panels, the Solar vegetable/fruit dryer, promotion of peace, tree planting and the Nyazura Church as well as plans for the future.