Food Parcels for Zimbabwe



The donations for food aid currently amount to around €32,000.

Very many thanks to all donors!     

26.06.2020 After a total of 2400 food parcels were distributed in Harare and the surrounding area of Masvingo, we have had a short break. Currently it is winter in Zimbabwe and unfortunately it is very cold this year. Temperatures drop to 2°C at night. In the countryside, people sleep in traditional round huts. Many families have only one bed and a few mattresses. Children and young adults sleep on straw mats or on the bare clay floor. We are currently looking at whether we can help by purchasing blankets, 

13.06.2020 So far 1600 food parcels have been distributed in Harare and Greater Masvingo. The problem of hunger and lack of food has not stopped because the lockdown continues and the domestic currency continues to decline in value. Many sellers now want US dollars.Read more 

03.06.2020 Unfortunately, there are now more Covid-19 cases in the country. It is uncertain when the lockdown will end. As a result, many families continue to live with the worry of how to survive these times. Food distribution in Harare and Masvingo province is being relentlessly organized. Food prices have risen threefold in some cases. Subsidized corn meal is very difficult to find. Obtaining foodstuffs is a major challenge. Since there has been some relaxation in the lockdown, there are now long queues of vehicles at the petrol stations and on some days petrol is not available at all. Here, too, perseverance is required in order that the lorries may bring the food parcels to the designated places.

23.05.20 A home for the disabled has sent a letter of thanks to the team in Harare after food was delivered there. Continue reading

15.05.2020 More food has been distributed in the meantime: a total of 1600 parcels. A further 400 parcels are planned. Even though the lockdown is slowly being eased, micro-entrepreneurs are still not allowed to trade on the streets. So there are still many hungry people.                                                                       

25.04.2020 We were able to distribute food in the rural area close to Harare. People rapidly heard that an aid transport had arrived. The families had nothing left to eat in the house. Rural residents are still not allowed to shop in the city, and the village shops are empty. Everyone wanted to manage to get hold of something. In the end, 350 food parcels could be delivered. It is not easy to comply with hygiene rules   when so many people come at once. But the teams have planned well and are able to ensure that the minimum social distance is complied with. During the distribution we document who received aid, in order to o keep a good overview.

19.04.2020 Further money   will be used to help orphans in Harare. In Chitungwiza, a very poor area on the outskirts of Harare, the first distribution of food is to take place via a church parish. Sarah Dilling has so far bought food for $ 4200, which is being stored in a private warehouse.         

Food is still available in Zimbabwe, although prices have risen since the lockdown. It is feared that shortages may occur. Sarah has been able to negotiate very good prices at various wholesalers. In Masvingo the prices are higher.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These are the foods distributed by the two teams:

  • corn meal
  • beans
  • sunflower oil
  • sugar
  • soap
  • toilet paper
  • soy.

15.04.2020 The first food parcels were distributed by Alington Matsilele and Lee Mthombeni   in the rural Masvingo region, near Chidzikwe Secondary School. It is more difficult there because some of the people from our Advivia team are stuck in their houses outside the small town due to the strict lockdown. The lockdown is to be extended until 3 May 2020. We shall wait and see what the team can do.

The coronavirus reached Zimbabwe in mid-March. Sarah Dilling and her daughter lost the race against time: they were not able to leave via South Africa before the lockdown came into force. Now all borders are closed, after a lockdown for three weeks was introduced in Zimbabwe at very short notice at the end of March and later extended until 3 May 2020. Sarah and her daughter are now experiencing first-hand what this means for the people there: as in many African countries, most people live on the proceeds of the daily sale of their goods. There are an incredible number of street vendors who want to sell the fruit or vegetables from their small gardens, clothing and many other items. Some people try to keep themselves afloat by offering small services. The little money they earn is often only enough for one day. With an unemployment rate of 95 percent, this type of trade helps people to survive. 

The population may only leave their homes to go shopping in the supermarket or in pharmacies. All other shopping facilities have closed – at first even the banks. Strict attention is paid to the enforcement of the lockdown. People stand in mile-long queues to go shopping at a supermarket that is open from 9am-3pm. The supermarket is almost empty because, as with us, only a few people are allowed to be in the shop at the same time. The markets have been dissolved; all the stalls have disappeared. Slowly, food is starting to run out. Sugar is almost unavailable in Harare. The corn meal subsidised by the state can no longer be supplied either. 

Worldwide, most people die of hunger, not of viral diseases. This is now to be feared in this country also and no one knows whether the lockdown will end after two more weeks. To make matters worse, the 2019 drought has prevented people from harvesting their own crops.

Updated on April 19 2020


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Reference: Zimbabwe food donation