Africa Water Appeal

Water crisis in southern Africa

Families are facing the dire consequences of drought in Malawi and Zimbabwe. With so little rain, they desperately need water systems to survive.

People are resorting to digging holes in the dirt to find water. Children are at high risk of illness and even death from drinking contaminated water. Forced to battle both drought and pests, farmers are struggling to earn an income and provide for their families.

A changing climate

Climate change is creating erratic weather patterns in southern Africa. This is disastrous for farmers who rely on rain-fed agriculture. They are seeing unexpected rain in the dry season, and very little rain in the wet season. Without rainwater tanks or irrigation systems, they can’t adapt to the increasingly unreliable conditions.

Drought creates hunger

We work with vulnerable farmers in southern Africa to improve their food security. Loveness became the first female lead farmer in her village in Malawi, while Ellen doubled her maize crop.

These are incredible stories of resilience and transformation – but drought can undo all this hard work.

We need your urgent assistance

Water, food and livelihoods go hand-in-hand in southern Africa. By helping farmers access water, you’re part of a flow-on effect that can put meals on the table, improve children’s health, and build more resilient communities.

Please give a tax-deductible gift by 30 June to help us fight thirst, hunger and poverty.

Action on Poverty

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