Winter Is Coming
The world has been confronted with serious challenges in the past years, which include economic recession and the global pandemic among others. Our country Zimbabwe has not been spared in the global crisis. Zimbabwe have been hit hard by mired and complex problems in the past year that have increased the already existing problems, which were crippling the national growth. Zimbabwe had the highest unemployment rate of about 90% and some of this population has been working in the informal sector, which was closed due to the lockdown increasing the levels and percentage of poverty. In the previous year, we experienced heavy floods, the global pandemic, lockdown, continuous rains have romped the nation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020 declared the outbreak of the novel 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a global pandemic. The pandemic started in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019, and has spread globally. The WHO situation report 113, reported that as of 12 May 2020 globally there were 4 088 848 cases and 283 153 deaths due to COVID-19. The situation report, also showed that the highest cases were in the America (1 743 717) and Europe (1 755 790), while Africa had the lowest (46 829) by end of December 2020. In order to contain the spread of the virus, national lockdowns characterized by restricted movement and social distancing “Stay at Home” have been the order of the day in many countries. In Zimbabwe the government declared a state of national disaster in response to the COVID 19 pandemic on Friday 27 March 2020, this was followed by a nationwide lockdown on March 30. Unfortunately, this has also led to increased vulnerability to food insecurity especially among the poor and it’s a cause of concern.
My Future Matters in partnership with Zimbabwe Care Leavers Network are proud Public Voluntary Organisations (PVO) that are organising the Winter Is Coming campaign to outsource resources to help vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe. The campaign is targeting children in care institutions and child headed families in the rural areas. The previous year has been a hard year in Zimbabwe and globally due to a series of misfortunes, which have exerted the already existing gap between the rich and the poor people in vulnerable community and rural areas. The global climate change have hit hard in Zimbabwe over the past few years and recently droughts and the floods has took the lives of many and living others homeless and stranded in rural areas such as Chipinge and Chiredzi.
To add to the sad story, the ravaging global pandemic Covid 19 has taken the world by surprise and no one was prepared or had any idea of how to deal with it. Governments across the world where forced to respond with lockdowns over night to avoid the spread of the pandemic as advised by the World Health Organisation. This radical strategy had devastating effects to the majority of Zimbabweans Across the country, especially those in the informal sector and the rural communities who were forced to stay home without access to financial support. Most of the rural community depend on the cities as the market place of their produce.
The Winter Is Coming campaign is conscious of all misfortunes and intend to mobilise the few things that are necessary for the bn winter and are excess to others who no longer use them to be donated to those who are in dire need for them so there could be used.