A prolonged and severe drought that started in March 2015 has affected as much as 31.6 million in Southern Africa. An unusually strong El Nino weather phenomenon has been blamed for the drought, the worst for many years.
The second agricultural season in 2016 which usually peaks in August was also well below average in the central provinces due to reduced rains and therefore contributed to even lower food availability and income from agricultural labor. The price of maize doubled and many were unable to afford the staple.
As many ministries working were struggling to cope with feeding the children under their care, they had to rely heavily on NGO’s and the WFP for help. Chosen Children was grateful that we could help as best we could, to supply orphanages with food. In December we were also able to bless orphans and widows with food in time for the holiday season.