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Young breadwinner speaks on Mbire floods response

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 16:04

My name is Carlington Karota. I am 18 years old. I live in Tanaka Village in Ward 5 in Mbire District Mashonaland Central Province of Zimbabwe. I have been living with with my two brothers, one in grade 7 and 4 since 2010. I have gone to school up to Grade 7 only. My father is late and my mother has since remarried another man in Guruve and stays there. Both my mother and step father are not supporting the family leaving me as the head of the family. That situation left me without a choice, but to look after my two brothers. I depend on subsistence farming.

 Our crops were destroyed by floods which hit Mbire District in January 2014. Before the floods struck in Mbire, I had planted maize and rapoko which were all swept away by the floods between mid-January and mid-February 2014.

Following the floods which destroyed our crops which were at maturity stage, we had no food and

since January, I have been doing casual jobs such as fetching water for people and get food for my family. At

times I have no time to do the causal jobs resulting in me begging for food in the village due to

other commitments such as herding 3 cattle that I inherited from my grand-father.

I hope by the end of the coming two months I will have a bumper harvest and I can look after my two brothers. This follows the distribution of maize seed to the floods affected families by ActionAid Zimbabwe through its partner, Lower Guruve Development Association (LGDA).  

 ActionAid Zimbabwe through its project partner, LGDA made a 7.5 tonnes of maize seed donation towards the Mbire Flood Response at the end of March 2014. I am amoung the the 750 subsistence farmers who have received maize seed. I got 10kgs of maize seed.  However, there is a need of fertilizers for people to obtain bumper harvest that could sustain them till the next farming season.

I will also benefit from some livestock chemicals made available to the community by ActionAid Zimbabwe. The chemicals are for dipping and dosing cattle.