Drought starves. It robs women of the power to farm and grow food for their families.
In rural Zimbabwe, seven out of ten women rely on farming to earn a living and provide for their families. But with no rain, women and men can’t grow enough food, and they struggle to provide for their children. In times of drought, many families can only afford to eat one bowl of porridge a day.
Women are hungrier. Mums often skip meals to share what little food they have with their children.
One of these mums is Jessica Mwedzi. Drought makes every day a struggle for survival. Jessica is hungry. Hungry for a good meal. Hungry to earn a decent living. Hungry to provide a more hopeful future for her family.
As the climate crisis rages on, vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe, like Jessica’s, face the threat of more intense droughts, flooding and storms.
‘Women are at the mercy of climate change and hunger,’ she says.
Together, we can restore justice to our world. But we need to act now.
This Christian Aid Week (15-21 May), your gift could help Jessica grow drought-resistant crops. Donate today to help women like Jessica turn their dry, dusty land into a garden of hope.
Stand in solidarity with mums like Jessica and help empower them to provide food – and hope – for their families.
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