Respond to malnutrition in Zimbabwe this Lent with Family Fast Day

Marjorie Henry-Lawrence who lives in the diocese of Southwark is one of our office volunteers. She’s shared with us what she has discovered about malnutrition from the CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing.

Svondo, 7 years old, enjoying peanut butter. He is healthy. Thanks to CAFOD's partner who supported his mum, Marian with vegetables seeds and training..

Svondo, 7 years old, enjoying peanut butter. He is healthy. Thanks to CAFOD’s partner who supported his mum, Marian with vegetables seeds and training.

‘I was dismayed to hear that across the world, malnutrition still kills almost three million children every year! I had absolutely no idea about this.  It is so sad to hear that for children who survive malnutrition, the effects can be long-lasting. Lack of nutritious food can stunt growth and even if children have a good diet in later life, the effects of early malnutrition remain, for example many undernourished children never reach their full height potential.

Meet Svondo in our Lent Family Fast Day Video.

It was fascinating to hear that in Zimbabwe the collapse of the economy, combined with climate change has led to the country struggling to produce enough food for everyone to eat. It is so sad to know that in Zimbabwe, one in four children under five have stunted growth from not getting enough decent food.

It’s very exciting to learn that CAFOD’s response means we can do something about it. I was touched by Marian’s story. To know that Tawanda was so hungry he’d sit in the same place all day is terrible. To know that Marian’s youngest son, Svondo, is healthy and growing well because CAFOD’s partners supported Marian by giving her vegetable seeds, nutrition and farming training inspires me to participate in the Lent Family Fast Day in my parish.

The UK-AID matching up all donations to 5 million means that all our efforts can be doubled… how moving.’

If you want to hear more about Zimbabwe and CAFOD’s response :

  1. Join your local Family Fast Day briefing
  2. Watch CAFOD Lent Family Fast day video and meet Svondo
  3. Download our Lent Family Fast Day resources online

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