VICTORIA FALLS IS...
Victoria Falls is a small isolated town in Zimbabwe with a population of around 35,000 in the middle of a National Park. Its tourism-dependent economy has now entirely collapsed. Regrettably, we don’t have the luxury of first world safety nets and bailouts.
There is little healthcare or resource to deal with the virus pandemic, and caring for the infected will be a task mainly left to families and communities. This in itself is not unusual in this part of the world. Many challenges have exacted a toll and have all been endured with stoicism, dignity and a degree fatalism. Where coronavirus will fit in this spectrum only time will tell.
But the greater threat to the community right now
- is starvation.
THE VICTORIA FALLS COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU
From the end of April, almost the entire workforce, who would typically support a family of 4, are without
means to support themselves and their families. The domino effect of serious hunger is potentially
catastrophic on both the human and wildlife population of our destination.
A donation of any size will help a community in crisis.
This appeal has the support and involvement of all the major operators in Victoria Falls.
The duration of this program will be either the resumption of the economy following the lifting of travel restrictions, or the arrival of governmental or international food distribution agencies to take on the task. But until either of these two things come to pass, we are on our own and we kindly ask those who have ever been touched by Victoria Falls and its people to support us in this quest.
WHY WE NEED YOU...
None of the international food agencies have any identifiable infrastructure in this location.
What we do have at our disposal is infrastructure, warehouses, commercial kitchens, fleets of vehicles and a large team of volunteers which can be put to work to assist in any way we can.
As a community of stakeholders, businesses & individuals, we are launching The Falls Famine Appeal.
US$60 can keep a family of 4 fed for a month on the most basic of rations.
100% of all money raised will be utilised for the procurement and distribution of ration packs to households in need and the operation of community feeding stations in Victoria Falls.
"So arm in arms, with alms, we'll fight this little struggle,
'Cause that's the only way we can overcome our little trouble."