Harvest 2021

Gardens of Life

Harvest Appeal 2021

 

While Zimbabwe is on the way to reducing HIV and AIDS, many of those who live with HIV still face stigma around disclosing their status. To support local people, the Church of Zimbabwe’s Stigma Reduction Programme trains church leaders on issues of HIV and has created wellness groups that provide a network to people living with HIV. As well as emotional support, they offer access to food gardens to improve nutrition and help with developing sustainable livelihoods.

 

People living with HIV are facing the problem of food shortages during the Coronavirus pandemic. Food insecurity brings additional negative effects as good nutrition is a key factor for adherence to Antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. This may increase the rate of progression to AIDS and further exacerbate the level of stigma and discrimination. 848 people living with HIV are now participating in the wellness groups and this has been transformational for those in the programme.

 

This Harvest we are raising funds for projects including the wellness gardens in Zimbabwe.

 

Donate today and help fund this life changing work

 

£35 would pay for tools to make fencing

£60 would pay for essential equipment such as shovels and hosepipes

£140 would pay for grafted trees

£350 would pay for seeds and organic manure

 

Hope’s story

Hope (not pictured) is 48 years old and a mother of four children. She tested positive five years ago and immediately experienced a negative impact on her family income and food security. Some of her children who were in secondary school had to drop out of school.

The situation caused a lot of stress and arguing in the family and her health deteriorated. The nurses at her local clinic advised her to seek counselling and social support. Hope and other people living with HIV in her area tried to mobilize themselves but there were no defined structures to support them.

The Anglican Diocese of Masvingo introduced the HIV Stigma and Discrimination reduction programme and others in her community embraced it. They were helped to set up a nutrition garden where they were able to meet and support each other as they grew vegetables.

The income generating activities that she was taught in the garden enabled her to send her secondary aged children back to school. Her health has also improved with the extra nutrition, along with adhering to her Antiretroviral therapy. She now shares her story in her village and many of those who initially shunned her have joined the wellness groups.

 

Donate now to support people like Hope