Jestina Nemera, Zimbabwe
Jestina Nemera, 70, who has a goitre, pumps from the borehole in the community garden in Chivi, Zimbabwe, on November 27, 2019. “Before the garden, I was really suffering. I had nothing left to support me.” One of her sons has a mental impairment, and another is epileptic.
In early August 2019, the Government of Zimbabwe declared the 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 Chivi 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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