Life expectancy is 52 for men, and 55 for women. Unemployment is very high (23%), resulting in extreme poverty. A lack of skills and little rainfall hamper efforts to grow food so many people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
HIV is the leading cause of death, with one of the world’s highest prevalences; over 23% of the 2.1 million population is HIV+. We have seen lives, both young and old, cruelly taken by AIDS which has left over 300,000 orphans struggling to survive.
The impact on just one child of being orphaned is devastating and sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the challenge ahead – but we have dedicated our lives to reaching some of these most vulnerable children left alone by the orphan crisis, and left hungry by a drought which has left 700,000 people at risk of starvation.
We are working tirelessly to feed more children.
Photographs: Deborah King and Michael Herron, © Msizi Africa
Because of the covid 19 lockdown, we have been unable to fundraise which has resulted in a significant drop in our income. We are very sad to announce that we have to cut the number of villages we feed in from five to three, with the very painful reality that 57 children will now go without food every day. It is their only lifeline and one which we never, ever wanted to cut. We are truly sorry for the devastating impact this will have on the children.