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    Weʼve raised £485 to continue to help fund the Hwange School Feeding and wildlife programme during another difficult year

    Funded on Sunday, 20th December 2020

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    Imvelo’s School Lunch Programme update - April 2020 - Your extra change can feed vulnerable children in drought-stricken communities in Zimbabwe .

    In and around Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, the drought, compounded by continued economic hardship, is threatening Hwange’s livelihoods and wildlife. Covid-19 has stalled tourism across the world, and funds to support people and animals in this area are now limited. Imvelo Safari Lodges is persevering with its efforts to feed vulnerable children and encourage the continuity of education through its school lunch programme.

    The drought, which is in its second year, has caused widespread crop failure and poor yields for the local subsistence farmers living along the park’s southern boundary. They are also starting to lose valuable livestock to starvation and thirst. These isolated communities are therefore dangerously food insecure. These same communities are bearing the brunt of human wildlife conflicts and are on the frontlines in the fight against poaching.

    Imvelo’s school lunch programme aims to provide at least 3000 children with school lunches from 12 different schools during the two school terms occurring during the dry months of May to December. This allows children to have the energy to walk to school, to concentrate when in class, to learn more effectively, and to ensure attendance at school and the continuity of education. The more funds available, the more children and schools can be targeted, and the bigger the impact.

    Last year Imvelo fed 2660 kids every school day for two terms, around 500,000 lunches; some received mahewu (a highly nutritional drink made from millet meal) and others received beans and sadza, a staple of the local diet. Lunch options often depends on available food supplies, logistics and what funds are available.

    A mahewu lunch costs around 4p, while a sadza and beans lunch costs about 10p. Costs fluctuate quite dramatically, especially given the exorbitant inflation rate and the exchange rate, so are difficult to calculate but needless to say, the cost of your weekly cup of coffee could provide a child with a school lunch for at least 3 weeks!

    Zimbabwe is, like the rest of the world, addressing the covid-19 pandemic and has been in lockdown since 31 March. Imvelo is working hard to ensure food is available to kick-off the school lunch programme on 5 May, when they hope their schools will reopen for 2ndterm!

    Here is a link to some further information about Imvelo and how they support the communities and wildlife . A small amount can make a big difference and all funds go directly to providing the food; Imvelo provides all the logistics for free. I am collecting money here and will then send it to Imvelo as a bulk sum to save bank charges in due course.



    • Helen Simmans4 years ago
      Helen Simmans

      Helen Simmans

      4 years ago

      I have now transferred these funds direct to Imvelo as they have set up their UK charity. I will be closing this page shortly but thank you so much for your contribution. For more information please go to:

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    • Catherine Kingscote

      Catherine Kingscote

      Sep 22, 2020

      A small contribution to Imvelo feeding and conservation programme.


    • Helen


      Jun 12, 2020

      Great work - let’s continue supporting communities in wildlife areas.


    • David &Gill Errey

      David &Gill Errey

      May 9, 2020

      We have a trip to Hwange planned for September 2020 so it’s on hold for now but in the meantime if we can help your work in Hwange we are pleased to do so.


    • Anonymous


      May 7, 2020

      I hope this helps a little


    • Sue and Will x

      Sue and Will x

      Oct 1, 2019

      We've been to the school and seen the work Imvelo does there - a great cause. Look forward to seeing you all next year!


    • Helen McGregor

      Helen McGregor

      Sep 29, 2019

      So important to support the children at school, and keep them in school. Hopefully the feeding programme will get the families through the drought.


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      Sep 23, 2019

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    Helen Simmans

    Helen Simmans

    I work with Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe, marketing their lodges and activities here in the UK. Their business supports multiple community and conservation projects on the edge of Hwange NP. I am collecting monies for school feeding and wildlife conservation efforts.

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