"Every two seconds someone around the world dies from a hunger-related cause (Unicef)." This quote birthed 2 Seconds Or Less, Inc., an organization focused on partnering with rural Zimbabwean communities to create innovative solutions to food insecurity. Our goal is to see an end to childhood malnutrition through large scale agricultural initiatives and entrepreneurship training in primary schools and local homes throughout Zimbabwe.
We do this through a three-pronged approach.
The lynchpin of our projects is sustainability; that the work continues long after we leave the field. Education is what makes this sustainability possible. We partner with agricultural experts and local colleges to provide educational training for our project recipients, who use their new business and farming knowledge to scale their efforts, therefore feeding their families and the communities that surround them. Furthermore, we know education is the fastest and most effective way to break the cycle of poverty, and our dual focus on homes and at schools creates an environment where more young people have the opportunity to continue their primary/secondary school education.
With the help of our partner organization and our field officers on the ground, we ensure continuous support, offering mentorship and small grants throughout the process. Furthermore, we complete monthly monitoring and evaluation reports to collect data that helps us better serve each recipient with resources that encourage more holistic entrepreneurship. Each person that completes our program will walk away with the ability to adapt, innovate, and grow their passion projects.
With an over 90% formal unemployment rate, Zimbabwe is home to one of the worst economic crises in the world. While many people report informal employment as subsistence farmers, very few have the resources to sell their products and impact the greater community as a whole. However, our model is designed to help our recipients first feed their own families, then cycle to supporting others while earning a wage, with a final step of offering employment to more members of the community as their businesses scale.
At 2 Seconds Or Less, we consider our mission to be 50/50. Fifty percent is about empowering the people of Zimbabwe to rise above the cycle of poverty, and fifty percent is about empowering the youth of our nation to rise above indifference, and to stand up and do something beyond themselves to better the world. Our current programs represent this dual commitment, and we’re incredibly passionate about not only building community overseas, but also in our own backyards.
The Women’s AgroScholarship Initiative is aimed at strengthening future agricultural entrepreneurs who are women from disadvantaged and marginalized backgrounds, and who have a desire to serve their greater communities. The ultimate goal is to see women bring food security to their homes, and then branch out and give opportunities for employment and food security to the community at large.
Our Social Justice Residency, formally known as Student Vision Trips, is a six month residency for high school and college aged students. The residency starts with monthly trainings that focus on developing social consciousness, cross cultural communication skills, and more ethical leadership practices. At the end of the program, students travel to Zimbabwe to partner with local entrepreneurs or Primary schools, where they’ll complete service projects and learn more about how to be change-makers in their chosen fields.
Our School Nutrition Garden Program is our longest running initiative, and is currently feeding over 3000 students daily. These large scale nutrition sites partner with the Zimbabwean government to ensure that kids are getting atleast one nutritious meal a day. Furthermore, most of our gardens are paired with a borehole well to ensure garden sustainability and a clean access point of water for the surrounding community.
Harvesting Manna is a biblically based 4-week program designed to educate and equip communities for ongoing sustainability long after we have completed our work. The lessons are hands on and full of experiential learning strategies, and are taught by Zimbabwean teachers through their own cultural lens.
Zimbabwe is currently ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world. However, it is difficult to reach with foreign aid due to its elevated political and racial tensions. Because of our partners, we work in Zimbabwe where few others are able to. Our attention is here, and here alone, because we believe that transformational change requires a deep investment, rather than a wide investment. Until Zimbabwe is free from the crippling effects of malnutrition, we will continue to fight for its end.Join the fight
Let’s punch through the glass ceiling together. Whether it’s through prayer, advocacy, networking, sharing resources, or financial support, we’re so excited to partner with you in this adventure.
From 2SOL’s formation, we’ve been committed to authenticity and transparency in our daily programming and financial transactions. We promise to utilize the funds bestowed by donors as a means to accomplish as much as possible to benefit the children and families of Zimbabwe.