MARANGE is situated roughly 90km south west of Mutare, in Manicaland province. The area is generally arid with crops perennially failing.
Most families in this area are exposed to hunger as they are not privileged with good rains experienced in other areas of Manicaland such as Honde Valley.
A survey conducted by Mbada Diamonds Safety and Health department in Chiadzwa and Mukwada villages revealed most families were going for days without food, while the rate of children dropping out of school was alarming.
Children were the most affected as they suffered from malnutrition related ailments.
It is against this backdrop that Mbada Diamonds injects more than US$600 000 quarterly to feed more than 7 000 families in Chiadzwa under its Corporate Social Investment.
Every family receives foodstuffs comprising 50kg of mealie-meal, 10kg of kapenta, 10kg of beans, 10 litres of cooking oil, 10kg of sugar and one kg of salt, which help their livelihoods quarterly.
Mbada Diamonds also feeds children from various schools in Chiadzwa under the supplementary feeding scheme. The mining company injected more than US$360 000 towards this initiative.
The scheme to feed children is a response to reports that malnutrition kills six million children annually world-wide.
Research shows that 57% of the current world population of about 6,5 billion are malnourished.
Malnutrition is not only the direct cause of death for six million children each year, but also renders millions of people much more susceptible to deadly health problems such as acute respiratory infections, malaria and a host of other life-threatening diseases, according to the report.
So important has the Mbada Diamonds food distribution and supplementary feeding scheme become in Chiadzwa that some families now keep the event on their calendars.
Living up to its mantra “Harnessing diamonds for the people”, Mbada Diamonds has managed to avert hunger in the area it is operating in.
Worldwide, hunger remains the principal cause of death, surpassing HIV/Aids and cancer.
There are 820 million chronically hungry people in the world.
Ten million people die every year of chronic hunger and hunger-related diseases. Only 8% are the victims of hunger caused by high-profile earthquakes, floods, droughts and wars.
The gesture by Mbada Diamonds is seen as a major milestone towards combating hunger in Marange and Zimbabwe at large.