Victoria Falls is one of the most iconic tourism destinations on planet Earth. It harbors the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders”, which is one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World. The people of Victoria Falls are the drivers and the caretakers of the majestic falls. 90% of these people depend on the vibrant tourism sector for their livelihoods.
The outbreak of the corona virus has become a menacing threat to livelihoods. Tour operators in the town have suspended their operations in efforts to combat the spread of the virus. Furthermore, the suspension of flights, travel bans and lock down world-wide has affected the tourist inflows to Victoria Falls. This scenario has consequently broken down the informal sector, which specializes in crafts comprised of curios, pottery and stone work. Bulk of the craft operators work from the rural areas which are already marginalized.
The COVID-19 outbreak, has left these rural communities exposed to corona virus and abject poverty. This poses a greater risk to everyone. With the depletion of their sources of income, the communities have no means to protect themselves through sanitization and staying at home as they have no food and other basics.
This Fund will assist 60 households in Sidobe area with an average of 300 direct beneficiaries, inclusive of school children. The donations is envisaged to assist in acquiring masks, hand sanitizer, toiletries and food for the rural homes. This will ensure that, people live in safe and sanitized environments during the lock down, with adequate food for strong immune systems.
This is our contribution towards combating the spread of corona virus and saving lives for life beyond #COVID-19.
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