Responding to Famine in Southern Africa
Posted by Ashley Reeves on November 12, 2016

The ongoing drought in Africa has left over 40 million men, women, and children in a desperate state of food insecurity. This is the worst famine in 35 years. 

Traditional water sources and hand dug wells are drying up. The United Nations Development Program has said up to 4.5 million people, half of Zimbabweans drought-stricken rural population, will need aid by next March. Child hunger and deaths are rising.  For many people, food aid will be a matter of life or death.

Countries that are being affected by this terrible famine include: Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho and Swaziland. Since one of our agriculture trainers, John Dube, lives in Zimbabwe, we are focusing our efforts here first. 

One acre of African farmland typically yields only one-tenth the produce of an acre of U.S. farmland. However, currently, less than one-third of Africa’s arable land is being cultivated. 

Healing Hands International has a four-part plan to impact the future and save lives in all of these countries. The first part is to provide emergency food relief. HHI has purchased in country food aid to help prevent starvation in Zimbabwe. 

Secondly, HHI will ship containers of pre-packaged, balanced meals with a focus on assisting widows, orphans, the elderly, and children. 

Thirdly, Healing Hands will continue to train people in agricultural techniques. John Dube has already completed 16 agriculture workshops in the area. Our hope is that the people he teaches will teach and train others. Already in 2016 John has trained over 500 people.

Fourthly, HHI will drill clean water wells in Zimbabwe. Along with providing clean drinking water, these water wells will help sustain backyard gardens. HHI has already drilled one well, and we hope to drill many more. 

In addition to Zimbabwe, HHI would like to assist in all of the most affected countries. Our current Planting Seeds Saving Livesfund raising campaign will enable us help others through agriculture training and new water sources.