Join with Oxfam to break the cycle of poverty in Zimbabwe


What’s happening?

Zimbabwe is facing an urgent hunger crisis after five years of punishing drought, followed by devastating floods. Persistent drought and damaging rains have made farming almost impossible and now 4.1 million people are directly affected by severe food shortages, with most families eating only one meal every two days. Without food and water, children don’t have the strength to attend school and thrive, and this is how the cycle of poverty continues.

Oxfam’s efforts

“There was a time where it really became so bad, we were going without meals and people had no interest in us. They would just dismiss us and say ‘we don’t know how they are going to survive.”

– Liliosa, Zimbabwe

Oxfam has brought clean water to keep kids in school. Before Oxfam rehabilitated the local borehole, teacher Imanuel Tabe struggled to keep students in class. Without access to safe water, children either stayed home or skipped lessons to drink dirty water from the nearest river.

“The time we are wasting walking up and down to fetch water is productive time … If we could get water near to our place, it would reduce the amount of trips we make … and assist us to do something that would uplift our livelihoods.”- Ida, Zimbabwe

Now the kids are able to access clean and safe water, and attendance at school has improved.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at

How you can help

You can help break the cycle of poverty in Zimbabwe.

$70 can train volunteers with hygiene awareness training and equipment that will help Zimbabwean families protect themselves against deadly waterborne diseases.

$150 can provide hungry families with cash transfers via mobile phones to help them pay for nutritious food, covering 50% of their estimated needs for one month.

$300 can provide training and equipment for volunteer village women to learn how to use water points safely and sustainably.




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