Do you want the good news first, or the bad?

Let's get the bad over with!

Sadly, extreme cold weather and heavy frost affected the crops of the community we support in Murehwa, just before they were due to harvest. 80% of the tomato crop was damaged, despite precautionary measures being in place.

Now for the good news!

Tomatoes were only about 40% of the crops planted. The others (onion and rape) fared much better, and (bar any more disasters) look set for a bumper harvest. In fact, whilst the tomatoes are not fit for sale some will still serve for subsistence.

So all is far from lost, and the community is already experiencing benefits from the project (from previous and early harvesting). Sixteen households now have a more balanced diet, and are able to send their children to school. The children are all healthy, tending to be given the best. There have been no further child deaths due to malnutrition since our involvement.

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