It is with hope that seeds are planted. Science and experience tell us that the seed will grow, but as each seed lands in the soil, the hope of a plentiful harvest is also sown.
For farmers in Zimbabwe, a good crop means they can feed their families, have surplus to sell for income and therefore pay for education, healthcare and other costs. Yet as the changing climate makes weather unpredictable, some tried and trusted methods of growing crops have begun failing small-scale farmers.
The Salvation Army is providing training in simple and sustainable farming techniques.
As crop yields increase and confidence grows, families from one generation to another can thrive and whole communities can know that the future they hope for is secure.
Read the stories of some of the farmers The Salvation Army has worked alongside to see the impact that renewed hope has had on their lives.
Janet Mazura is a hard-working mother of four who has struggled with her farm. The farming techniques she learnt from her mum, who ran the farm before her, were not suitable for the changing climate. Unable to pay the school fees for her children and provide nutritious food, she often goes without so that her children are as well fed as they can be. This changes when she joins a training programme for farmers at her local corps. Watch the video to hear Janet's story...
Gudu runs his family farm in Zimbabwe and hopes that his son, Akudzwe, will one day take over.
Unpredictable weather patterns as a result of climate change have led to poor harvests. Having seen how hard his father works, and the minimal returns, Akudzwe is concerned about taking on the farm when he grows up.
Watch the video to hear Gudu's story...
“In 2019, close to 750 million – or nearly one in ten people in the world – were exposed to severe levels of food insecurity”
Choose your challenge based on the number 750 and take part anytime, anywhere before the end of August.
Will you choose to do a 750 minute dance-athon / bake-athon? Go 750 hours without your favourite treat? Do 750 sit-ups, steps or star jumps? It's up to you!
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has contributed their time and skills to support the creation of Feeding Hope. With special thanks to Aimée Margott, Ben Cotterill, Benjamin Gilbert, Collette Poore, David Betteridge, Liz Hall, Moragh Rowlanes, Rachel Gotobed, Violet Ruria, The Salvation Army Video Production Unit and Fruitmedia.
We are also thankful to the many Family Ministries groups and Salvation Army corps members in the UK who have and continue to financially support The Salvation Army's international projects through the Helping-Hand Appeal.
Supporting communities around the world to overcome poverty and injustice
Working with farmers to improve harvests and overcome food insecurity.
Helping Hand Appeal 2021 focuses on supporting families and their communities, feeding hope to farmers now and for generations to come.