Week One - Food Security in Central Zimbabwe
In comparison to the United Kingdom (UK), Zimbabwe is huge and yet it has far fewer people. At 390,757 km² it is 1.6 times bigger than the UK (243,610 sq km) but has only about 25% (16,068,525 as at November 2016) of the UK population (65,291,465 as at November 2016). The Diocese of Central Zimbabwe, which is linked with the Croydon Episcopal Area, has about 35 parishes - usually with 3-5 congregations - in an area of 30,000 square miles.
Week Two - Food Security in Matabeleland
The Diocese of Matabeleland is linked with the Kingston Episcopal Area. It is a huge Diocese (about 75,000 sq. kilometers which makes it over twice the size of the Diocese of Central Zimbabwe). To the west, it hits the country’s borders with Zambia, Botswana and Namibia and a tiny bit of it even borders South Africa. The Diocese runs to Matabeleland and borders with the Dioceses of Central Zimbabwe and Masvingo to the east. The Diocese covers both rural land and towns where there used to be a lot of industrial and economic activity. But it seems that no matter where you go in the Diocese now, life is hard and there is food poverty and a lack of employment and opportunities.
Week Three - Food Security in Masvingo
The name Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona phrase ‘dzimba dzemabwe’, meaning house of stone or stone building. Certainly the huge rocks and stones that can be seen littering the landscape make it easy to understand why it should be called this. Masvingo, as other parts of Zimbabwe, has been affected by the drought and many people are not getting enough to eat.
Week Four - Food Security in Manicaland
The Diocese of Manicaland has been led by Bishop Erick Ruwona since 21 March 2015. In the same way as the other Dioceses in Zimbabwe, they have been working to try to help churches enable their communities to deal with the effects of drought and food poverty as well as the political and economic difficulties they face, but it is not easy.
Week Five - The Diocese of Southwark
The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation was founded by Tim and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs after the death of their 16-year-old son Daniel in 2014, having taken ecstasy. Tim and Fiona felt if it could happen to Dan it could happen to any young person and they wanted to try to prevent harm happening to anyone else’s child.
Faith in Action has operated the Homeless Drop-In Centre in Merton for the homeless and vulnerably housed for the last twelve years. Open two days a week, it is supported and run through the collective effort of people from many Merton faith groups.
Deptford Reach, formerly The Deptford Churches Centre, was founded in 1979, largely by committed Christians, to help the homeless and marginalised of Deptford and South London. This is still their aim and two of the original founders are still involved.