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We have an urgent need and we need your help.

During the past year there has been a severe drought in Zimbabwe. It caused total crop failure in many parts of the country. As a result there has been severe hunger and even starvation in that country. According to the USAid.gov website, it is estimated that 4.1 million people there will be in need of food assistance in the critical months of January through March, 2017 (Food assistance fact sheet Oct 20, 2016). That is 40% of the country’s rural population (World Food Program USA https://www.wfpusa.org/countries/zimbabwe/).

Another result of the drought and low yield of crops or total crop failure in the last growing season is that most people have no seeds to plant this season. The rains have started and it looks like there will be no drought this year in most of Zimbabwe, but the people must begin planting immediately to take advantage of the rains. We want to supply seeds at this crucial time. You can help by donating now.

I Want To Help Africa is joining forces with Dr. MacRoberts of Mukushi Seeds Company in Zimbabwe to supply seeds to small-scale farmers, rural families, orphanages, and schools to be able to grow their own food. Dr. MacRoberts  hybridized a strain of maize (corn) that is perfectly suited to Zimbabwe and especially to the drought conditions faced there recently.  You can access Dr. MacRoberts’ video on YouTube that shows how he is teaching people in Zimbabwe to farm successfully even in drought:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RFZZgAa1G0

The staple of every Zimbabwean’s diet is maize, which is generally eaten at every meal, either as a porridge or as a thick bread substitute similar to polenta or grits that you hold and eat with your hands. It is usually eaten with meat and vegetables or, especially for the poor, may sometimes be all that a person has to eat.

The maize seeds come in packets of 10,000 seeds, which plants a quarter hectare (more than a half acre). We can purchase these 10,000 seed packs for US $14.00. So far we have purchased 46 packets (US $450.00) to feed more than 46 families, an orphanage, and a school for orphans. Please help us to enable these Zimbabweans to grow their own food and feed themselves. Simply click on one of the donation buttons above.

For each packet of seeds the families need two bags of fertilizer to obtain an adequate yield. The required NPK compound fertilizer can be replaced by animal manure, which is plentiful in many areas. But the rural populace has no replacement for the required 50 kilogram bag of nitrogen fertilizer that is used as a top dressing. We can purchase a bag of nitrogen fertilizer for US $30.00. The compound fertilizer costs the same.

All these purchases, of seeds and fertilizer, are being made in Zimbabwe, of Zimbabwean products, which will help support their economy. And all the seeds and fertilizers are being supplied to families and orphanages who will plant, raise, and harvest the crops on their own, thus encouraging their self reliance.

We are also splitting packets of seeds for people who live in cities, since most of them don’t have a ¼ acre to farm, although so many people in the cities also grow as much maize as they can for themselves.

Simply click on the donation button above. Thank you very much for helping us with this urgent need!