SOLIDARITES opens a new mission in Zimbabwe

SOLIDARITES, an international humanitarian aid organisation, opens a new mission in Zimbabwe to fight hunger among the poorest of the poor.

In Zimbabwe, a country which has collapsed and where the humanitarian situation is constantly deteriorating, 80% of the population survives on less than one dollar a day. For 75% of the population, international aid is the only source of food, even though this land was previously one of the granaries of Africa. In Zimbabwe today, life expectancy is one of the lowest in the world, between 35 and 40 years according to the WHO, while inflation rates topped 231 million % in July 2008 (before the US dollar was adopted to replace the Zimbabwean dollar)! To make the situation worse, a cholera epidemic, largely due to dilapidated infrastructure, has left over 4000 dead since the end of 2008.

To provide a lasting response to these needs during this exceptionally difficult period, SOLIDARITES is due to commence a food security and economic revival program from July 1st, 2009 onwards. This program will be carried out in Kadoma (140km to the South-West of the capital city, Harare) and will target those living in urban and urban-fringe areas with no access to land and therefore no revenue. It entails setting up « family vegetable plots », together with distribution of tools, technical support and horticultural training... to enable around 5200 people to gain access to a means of subsistence.

In parallel, by building irrigation wells (to serve the family vegetable plots), these vulnerable populations will receive a minimum level of revenue (through a « cash for work » program) so that they may be able to meet their basic food needs.

Press contact:

Constance Decorde: 01 80 21 05 91 - Courriel: cdecorde@solidarites.org

To find out more about SOLIDARITES: www.solidarites.org