Our Work In

Zimbabwe

Why

Zimbabwe

The first “seeds” of FARM STEW’s message were planted when FARM STEW visited in Zimbabwe 2016. After identifying a great need, FARM STEW sponsored an organic agriculture 3-day training, for 54 participants. Those “seeds” fell on good soil and from it, FARM STEW launched a team in early 2018.

The Challenges

Zimbabweans have a life expectancy of just 59 years. Why?

  • ‍1 in 4 Zimbabwean children are severely malnourished
  • ‍Only 17% eat an adequate diet.
  • ‍76% of rural Zimbabweans are living on less than $1.25 per day

What We're Doing

Training whole villages on nutrition, agriculture and other health practices: 

  • Mobilizing trainers into the country's most rural and isolated area
  • Providing hands-on cooking classes using locally available and affordable foods
  • Buying vegetable seeds in bulk and reselling at a subsidized rate in rural villages
Our Projects

In 

Zimbabwe

The following projects are how we teach our eight ingredients to locals. Learn more about how you can get involved.

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Family Gardens
To enable rural families to be self-sustaining and provide an opportunity for business, we supply the initial seeds and tools needed to begin a garden. They do the rest with the help of our FARM STEW trainers!
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Training
Our FARM STEW trainers emphasize the principles of each of our eight ingredients in the classes we teach. Hands-on practical activities make the lessons come alive and help participants thrive!

What We're Doing

Teaching Best Health Practices & Biblical Values

We use our eight ingredients to help impact the lives of rural farm families in Uganda, with hands-on training in their villages

F
Farming
Faithfulness to principles revealed in God’s word & observed in nature
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A
Attitude
Choice to live God's way, to be disciplined and to have a positive outlook
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Rest
Nightly and weekly for our bodies and also allowing the soil to rest
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M
Meals
Plant-based, whole foods diet using mostly what the family can  grow themselves
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S
Sanitation
In our bodies, with a focus on women, with our food and around our homes
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T
Temperance
Moderation in good things, abstaining from things that are harmful
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E
Enterprise
Providing opportunity, addressing gender, to pursue sustainability
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W
Water
Fresh, detoxifying & in abundance for grains, legumes, & for our bodies
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Zimbabwe

The Team

These are the people bringing the FARM STEW message to this area.

Dr. Rick Westermeyer
Volunteer County Director for Zimbabwe
Richard Black
Treasurer
Dr. Rick Westermeyer is secretary and co-founder of Africa Orphan Care- a nonprofit dedicated to the care of the Orphan generation of Africa. he also volunteers as Zimbabwe country director for Farmstew. He is an anesthesiologist practicing in Portland, Oregon. He has a diploma in tropical medicine from the London School of Tropical medicine. He has volunteered with disaster response teams from Medical Teams International to Afghanistan, Haiti, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. With his wife Ann, a nurse, they have served in hospitals and clinics in New Guinea, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He lectures on disaster response medicine for the Oregon Health Sciences University Institute on Global Health. Rick and Ann have two married daughters both nurse practitioners Allison and Allana and three grandchildren.
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Dr. Rick Westermeyer
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Dr. Rick Westermeyer
Volunteer County Director for Zimbabwe
Retired Pastor
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Pastor Richard Black
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Pastor Richard Black
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FARMING
ATTITUDE
REST
MEALS
SANITATION
TEMPERANCE
ENTERPRISE
WATER