Respond to malnutrition in Zimbabwe this Lent with Family Fast Day
Marjorie Henry-Lawrence who lives in the diocese of Southwark is one of their office volunteers. She’s shared with us what she has discovered about malnutrition from the CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing.
‘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.
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 inspiring .’
If you want to hear more about Zimbabwe and CAFOD’s response come to one of our Lent briefings -places are still available so book yours today.
27 January 10am to 12pm at Our Lady of Sorrows & St Philip Benizi Salisbury road Fordingbridge SP6 1EG
30 January 7:15pm to 9:15pm Sacred Heart Church Hartlands road Fareham PO16 0NL
3 February 10:30am to 1pm St Bede’s Church hall Popley Way Basingstoke RG24 9DX at this meeting Thom Flint CAFOD’s Film & Photography Content Producer will talk about his recent visit to Zimbabwe.
8 February 7:15pm to 9:15pm English Martyrs Church 64 Liebenrood road Reading RG30 2EB
Please book your place at which ever meeting is most convenient to you by emailing email@example.com or call 01252 329385