We2ndChance is a US-based family-owned organisation that is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness by providing a pathway to employment for underserved communities.
In Zimbabwe, an estimated 80% of the working population is self-employed in the informal sector. This includes vendors, commuter omnibus drivers, and cross-border traders, to name a few. The COVID-19 shutdown has severely impacted their ability to make an income. They often live on the proceeds from the previous day’s work and do not have reserves or savings to fall back on.
To date, they have not received any direct government assistance. With COVID-19 cases still on the rise, the country is still under an “indefinite lockdown”. As a result, many people are struggling to survive, even without the threat of COVID-19, and the situation worsens as the lockdown continues.
The food parcels are part of an ongoing campaign, with more donations planned for September, December, and again in the New Year. This first round of food parcels went to areas classified by Miracle Missions as high-risk, such as Binga, Hatcliffe, and Hurungwe in the North of Zimbabwe.
About SPAR Zimbabwe
In 1967, SPAR Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) signed a licence agreement with SPAR International and became the 13th country to join the SPAR worldwide organisation.
In late 2015, independent retailer, Darren Lanҫa, took over the licence to operate the SPAR Brand in this market after the previous licence holder made the decision to divest of this retail division.
In a challenging economic environment, SPAR Zimbabwe continues to grow its store network. It also remains actively involved in the local community, helping to make a difference through charitable SPAR sponsored events.