Kate says, 'I was recently in Zimbabwe where I met many women whom CARE International is working with to reduce their daily burdens. I was privileged to spend time with them and visit some of the community gardens that CARE has set up. The gardens are run by committees of the poorest people in the community, who are mostly women. CARE provides irrigation technology which reduces the burden of finding water, and technical support to help people grow enough vegetables all year round for their families, as well as surplus that they can sell to generate income to send their children to school and pay for doctors fees and medicine ... all those things we take for granted! Once the gardens are set up, we support for about a year and then the committees run them on their own - so they are sustainable and carry on for years and years so is a great way of helping people to support themselves.'
To give you an example of the costs:
£350 could establish a community garden in Zimbabwe for 5 families, including constructing the fence, irrigation system and latrine.
£5 could provide a family with a seed packet to start their garden, including seeds for beans, broccoli, squash, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, okra, onion, peas, tomato and spinach.
So every step taken during Walk In Her Shoes and every pound raised really is making a huge difference to people living in extreme poverty, reducing their daily burden - thank you very much!
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