Hwange School Lunch Program
For a the price of a cup of coffee
you can help feed a child
in rural Zimbabwe for a month.
Zimbabwe's Children Need Your Help
Zimbabwe’s 2018/19 rainfall season was among the worst on record. As a result, the country is facing its most devastating drought in 40 years. USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network predicts “crisis” level food insecurity outcomes through at least January 2020. The World Food Program USA reports that more than five million people in Zimbabwe need food aid, with many being pushed toward starvation.
To combat hunger during this record drought, Imvelo Safari Lodges is providing lunch to 2,660 school children each school day at 11 rural schools near their lodges in Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. In total, Imvelo will provide upwards of 425,600 school lunch meals in 2019.
It costs just $4 to provide lunch to a school child each day for a month ($.20 per meal). $50 will feed 250 students one meal or one student for the rest of the year.
About the program
Imvelo’s Hwange School Feeding Program has been running since 2011. Western Zimbabwe, known as Matabeleland, is an area of unreliable rainfall, and in years of poor rainfall crops fail and this means no food for rural Zimbabweans or fodder for their livestock. Many school children would arrive at school without having had a meal. As a consequence, their concentration and performance in the classroom was poor.
After witnessing exhausted hungry children falling asleep in class and struggling to walk to and from school every day, Imvelo have made it their mission during drought years to provide a cooked meal to every school child at the schools in the Hwange districts they operate within. Prior to this year, 2016 was their biggest school feeding year where 412,000 meals were provided to school children in the area.