Zimbabwe: World Vision pledges to source for more food

Report
from World Vision
Published on 20 Mar 2003
World Vision Zimbabwe has pledged to bring in more food into the country to ensure that no one starves in a nation where over 7.2 million people are in need of urgent food aid.
Speaking during her visit to Zimbabwe World Vision SARO director, Ms Suzanne Wavre said they were going to step up efforts to bring more food for the next few months as they reassess the situation.

She also praised the calm and peace in the communities World Vision Zimbabwe was involved in and implored the communities to remain calm and support the work of the agency.

SAFER director Mr Paul Sitnam, World Vision Zimbabwe national director, Mrs Rudo Kwaramba and other World Vision Zimbabwe senior officials accompanied Ms Wavre on a tour in Mashonaland East and Matebeleland.

Commodities being distributed include a consortium of corn soya bean, maize meal, beans, and vegetable oil.

"The work that is being done here is technically brilliant," Mr Sitnam summed up the professional stacking and handling of commodities at the warehouse.

At the warehouses, the team was familiarised with operations, from the receiving of commodities to the final distribution.

In Bulilimamangwe, Matebeleland, Ms Wavre also consulted with the local leadership who briefed her on the continued need of food aid in the area.

The community also briefed her on the critical water supply situation in the area and pledged her support to source funds for the drilling of boreholes in the area.

Ms Wavre addressed the villagers where she pledged to continue to assist the local community with food aid.

Commenting at the end of her visit Mrs Wavre was full of praise of the community participation in the whole programme.

She said the involvement of the community was a positive development that would allow the integration of the ongoing relief work into development.