Shadreck spends hours each day working. Photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund
Shadreck is 12 and, like his native Zimbabwe, he’s facing an uncertain future.
Food is scarce. As an orphan, he has to fend for himself, his sister and elderly grandmother. Shadreck doesn’t have time for a childhood, survival is his full time occupation.
Tearfund has launched a new appeal for Zimbabwe to help people like Shadreck. A power-sharing government has brought a measure of political stability to the country and given us, working with local churches, an opportunity to step-up life-changing support.
The need for help is underlined by the statistics:
- Some 1.6 million Zimbabweans face food shortages
- 47 per cent of the 13 million population are under-nourished
- 1.3 million people are living with HIV
- 1.8 million children are orphaned
- life expectancy is just 44 years
The economy has started to recover but there is a long way to go. Unemployment is more than 80 per cent and the country’s infrastructure is in a state of disrepair.
Tearfund is working with partners and the local church in Zimbabwe to bring material and spiritual change to its long-suffering people. With relative political stability, we now have an opportunity to reach even more vulnerable people like Shadreck.