Players of People's Postcode Lottery have been supporting the British Red Cross since 2013. Over the past three years, players have awarded £550,000 to the charity's projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The Red Cross Food Security and Livelihoods Project in Zimbabwe has been funded by lottery players. Through this project, 9,000 families are now self-sufficient. They have the capacity to grow or buy their own food and have a reliable source of income. Communities have also been trained to maintain infrastructure and pass on skills and assets. This project has now entered a new five-year cycle and continues to be generously funded by the players.
British Red Cross Head of Region Jane Adisu said, "For years many in Zimbabwe have struggled with erratic rainfall, poor harvests and a lack of opportunities to earn a decent living. The valuable support from players of People's Postcode Lottery will reach the most vulnerable households in rural Zimbabwe to help them meet their basic needs."
Players have previously supported Red Cross HIV and AIDS work in KwaZuluNatal in South Africa. The funding helped the organisation provide support to 23,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. Psychosocial support and home-based care was provided to help them cope with severe trauma.
British Red Cross Director of Fundraising Mark Astarita said, "We are hugely grateful for the fantastic support received from the players of People's Postcode Lottery over the past few years.
"The recent funding for a community resilience project in Zimbabwe will ensure that Red Cross volunteers are able to support vulnerable communities unable to sustain themselves and increase their resilience in the future."