That's a staggering number of children - roughly equal to the population of Canadian cities like Cambellton NB, Coburg ON, Camrose AB or Williams Lake BC.
Matabeleland North in Zimbabwe is one of the most marginalized districts in the country. Residents in this area are the San and Kalanga tribes who have not been assimilated as a recognised part of Zimbabwe.
Culturally, the San and Kalanga peoples are hunter-gatherers who survive by following game herds and hunting wild animals throughout southern Africa. This way of life, which these tribes have followed for hundreds of years, has been greatly impacted by the expansion of local townships and changes in government policies regarding hunting.
The San and Kalanga peoples have been restricted to settlements in an arid, unproductive region of Zimbabwe on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. They are no longer able to hunt as extensively and as a result, they have extremely limited ability to sustain their families.
These peoples have no support from their government except for permission to receive aid from registered non-governmental agencies. These agencies are permitted to assist them through education and community development projects.
In an area that is already struggling with food security, lack of access to food has left the children in these communities vulnerable.
For this reason, ERDO is there.
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