Ezekiel Rukuruva, Zimbabwe
Ezekiel Rukuruva, 62, prepares a rainwater channel near his home in a food-insecure area of Chiredzi, Zimbabwe, on November 26, 2019. Ezekiel has received multiple benefits from CBM-partner Jairos Jiri Association, including a new wheelchair, two goats, chickens and access to community gardens. Note, he prefers to use his old wheelchair (also from Jairos Jiri in 2013) for dirty tasks like digging, in order to keep his new wheelchair clean.
In early August 2019, the Government of Zimbabwe declared the 2018/19 drought and cropping season a national emergency and appealed for international humanitarian assistance due to poor 2019 harvests caused by the El Niño phenomenon. The drought threw rural communities of Zimbabwe into a state of acute food insecurity. The aim of the project was to strengthen capacity and building climate resilience of the communities affected by drought through activities such inclusive cash programming, livelihoods support, internal savings and loans schemes, and access to safe water.
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