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In 2007, Sheila Farthing along with a few other women from our Church in McLean, VA held a women's conference in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. One of the topics at this four day conference was the introduction of the Artemisia Annua plant which is said to drastically reduce the terrible symptoms of malaria and in many case has been proven to cure malaria all together, so say the people formerly infected by the malaria parasite.
At the conference each of the 100 women received a small plant to take home and nurture. After one year, only one women continued to nurture and harvest her Artemisia plant. Her name is Lindiwe Moyo and she and her husband Evans have continued to grow, harvest, dry and distribute the tea leaves to people in their community suffering from Malaria.
Over the next years Lindiwe and Evans have documented names, symptoms and cure rate of those that have come to them for the Artemisia tea drink. The success rate of healing people who suffer from this preventable disease has been documented by the Moyos for years. Over the past seven years we have stayed in constant contact with the Moyos discussing many projects and assistance levels.
In April 2014 we were working out in the bush building the Vulindlela Secondary School. Our builder, Jonas Sibanda, came down with a bad case of Malaria. We immediately contacted Lindiwe and Evans in order to get the harvested leaves to treat Jonas. Because of this, and other first-hand experiences with this devastating parasite, Gib Leonard and Sheila Farthing created ZAMTEF (Zimbabwe Agriculture Malaria Treatment and Education Farms) a division of The BuyaBrickFoundation.
Our vision for ZAMTEF is to establish a farm at every school and village in the areas of Victoria Falls and the Hwange District, and expand it out to all of Zimbabwe from there. Each hand-picked ZAMTEF farmer will be responsible for the planting, harvesting, drying and distribution of the leaves. Lindiwe and Evans, our Directors of ZAMTEF, travel to each site provide the training, planting and ongoing assistance to the farmers.
Our first ZAMTEF farm was planted at the home of Jonas Sibanda, our builder at Vulindlela. Jonas reported that he was "strong as an ox" after four days of drinking the prescribed treatment. The second ZAMTEF farm was planted within days at Rabson Sibanda's home.
As of September 2014, we have 12 ZAMTEF farms planted and harvesting time is within weeks, just in time for the mosquito season. Our goal right now is to roll out 3 ZAMTEF farms per month. With a major sponsor we could roll out many more per month. We have the product, the training, the desire, the farmers, all we need is you to donate to this most needed cause. ZAMTEF saving lives is a community effort.
Our mission is to help create self-sustaining, thriving Zimbabwean communities and nourish the holistic needs of the Zimbabwean people by: