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Jessica Mwedzi carrying maize grain on her head

Jessica Mwedzi carrying maize grain on her head - Christian Aid / David Brazier

Christian Aid Week 2022

Jessica's story

Jessica is hungry to provide food – and hope – for her family.

Jessica Mwedzi smiles with love for her children as she stirs a single bowl of porridge for them...

...But she knows they’re hungry for more. This one bowl of porridge is all she and her family can eat today: ‘My children crave a decent meal, but I can’t provide. We often go to bed on an empty stomach. It pains me to send them to bed hungry.’

Women are at the mercy of climate change and hunger.

- Jessica.

 Jessica with two of her children; Gideon in her hands, Gamuchirayi next to her

Jessica with two of her children; Gideon in her hands, Gamuchirayi next to her - Christian Aid / David Brazier

'So painful and disheartening'

For Jessica, drought means every day is a struggle for survival.

Like many women in rural Zimbabwe - 7 out of 10 rely on farming for income and food - she toils on her farm, but nothing can grow on her ashen, dry land.

Drought starves, and intensified by the climate crisis, drives families into hunger. Jessica recalls that ‘One year, we had no rain. The scorching sun burnt my crops just as they were about to bloom. It was so painful and disheartening.’

You can help this loving mum turn hunger in to hope

It’s unjust that drought robs Jessica of the power to provide for her family. Her husband is unwell, so she's the only breadwinner. Her children look up to her, but she has nothing left to give.

Once before, when things were desperate, Jessica asked her neighbours for food, but she came home with nothing.

But Jessica is anything but helpless. In the face of drought, her love for her family gives her courage to stand strong - and we stand with Jessica.

Together, we can restore justice to our world.

My children give me the power to go ahead… I pray they have a better future.

- Jessica.

A ray of hope

As the golden sun fades across the sky, Jessica watches her much-loved sons and daughters sing, dance and play outside. Can you imagine how it feels for her to know her children are hungry but have nothing left to give?

She finds a ray of hope that she will overcome this tough time - and be able to provide her children with good food, and a full life, free from hunger.

Could you give today, and help this loving mum provide food and hope for her family?

Jessica walking home from the garden with her husband and children in Chadanyika village, Ward 8 in Mutoko District

Jessica walking home from the garden with her husband and children in Chadanyika village - Christian Aid / David Brazier

How your gift could help

Jessica could grow drought-resistant crops, set up water taps on her farm, learn how to grow food in the harsh climate.

Her dry, dusty land could transform into a garden of hope, abundant with fresh food like tomatoes, beans and cucumbers.

She'll be proud of the fruits of her work, and she'll see her children enjoy their first full meal in months.

With your gift this Christian Aid Week, families like Jessica's won't go to bed hungry tonight.

Your Christian Aid Week gift

Your gift could help women like Jessica buy seeds and equipment to provide food - and hope - for their families.