Zimbabwe: Launching of USAID Food for Better Living program in Mashonaland Central Province on 21 Nov 2008.

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Planet Aid, Inc. and Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) in Zimbabwe will distribute Combined Vegetable and Lentil Blend Dehydrated Soup donated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to 6,860 people under the program title of "USAID Food for Better Living"

Hon Cde Dinha, The Provincial Governor and Resident Minister of Mashonaland Central Province will launch the "USAID Food for Better Living" program at a ceremony taking place at Ponesai Vanhu Technical College on Friday the 21st of November 2008, at 10.00.

The event will also be attended by Dr. Barbara Reed and Mr. Justin Mupeti of the USAID's Office of Food for Peace, Mr. Gift Musanzikwa, Country Director of DAPP Zimbabwe, and Mr. Ib Hansen, Chairman of DAPP Zimbabwe and representative of the Federation Humana People to People. Other invited guests include Provincial and District Authorities and Partners along with students, teachers and beneficiaries.

"On behalf of the American people, USAID is pleased to help support Zimbabweans as they endure these current hardships," said USAID Director Karen Freeman. "We hope to see a stronger, more food-secure Zimbabwe emerge from this crisis."

Planet Aid is working closely with Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Zimbabwe in this program to deliver food assistance to orphans, vulnerable children, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), and their care giving families.

USAID provided 75 tons of dehydrated soup, which DAPP will distribute to 6,860 people, who will get one nutritious meal every day over a period of 6 months. By addressing the short-term food and nutritional needs of the vulnerable households, their long-term capacity to cope with food insecurity will significantly improve as they will be able to concentrate their efforts on improving their quality of life.

The food distribution will be mainstreamed with ongoing DAPP child welfare and HIV/AIDS development activities in Mashonaland Central Province in order to ensure effective delivery to end recipients and to enhance the impact of DAPP's community-strengthening programs.

Planet Aid is a US-based nonprofit organization, which works for the protection of the environment and the creation of sustainable development in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Both Planet Aid and DAPP Zimbabwe are members of the Federation HUMANA People to People.

DAPP is a Welfare Organization that was established in Zimbabwe in 1980 and currently implements 16 development projects across four provinces and in Harare.