Towards the promotion of food security during pandemics#2nd_wave_of_covid 19
January 12, 2021
Poverty which is inherent in our communities is accercebated during such pandemics such as the covid_19 which has left all world economies on their knees and for such a developing country such as Zimbabwe where the majority of the population are based in the rural areas with limited livelihoods, the situation is dire next to catastrophic. Our very supportive partners#UNWoman have been generous enough to fund our initiative to provide safety nets to vulnerable groups through food hamper distribution which we have been undertaking since the recent 2nd wave of lockdown restrictions was imposed.
During this period we have seen the physical face of poverty on the people’s faces and heard heart wrenching stories of child headed households, the disabled, frail old aged people with no care givers and austracised sex workers who have no one else to turn to.
Sexual exploitation and transactional sex just to get a morsel of sadza has been on the increase too, which negates on milestones to end HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The transition risk factor of Corona virus is also escalated but it’s a damned if you do and damned if you don’t kind of scenario.
Our mandate as ROOTS still remains, to bridge the poverty gap for women and girls for them to achieve productive and wholesome lifestyles