Zimbabwe's most needy families are helped by NGOs and churches to survive. But the spiralling crisis means they now are also struggling to provide relief.
The economic collapse intensifies the hardship many families face. Joseph is suffering from chronic diarrhoea after drinking contaminated water. He is too weak to work.
Water supplies in the second city, Bulawayo, only run for a few hours a week. Communities rely on the church to distribute water. "We are thirsty for everything now," a pastor says.
Margaret, 74 lives in a rural district. The riverbeds are dry after the rains failed last year. She cares for her four grandchildren, orphaned by Aids.
Her husband earns a little money from fixing things. But there is nothing to buy at their nearest store. Margaret says: "I don't have any soap to wash the children before school."
"And we don't even have any food. We have been surviving on melons for two months, we have nothing else," Margaret admits. "Death is looming for us if we don't get food."
A pastor explains that currently, he is holding four or five funerals a week for those dying among his own congregation or their relatives.
"Because of HIV, a lack of food and water, people become so vulnerable," he says.
UK relief and development agency Tearfund is appealing for support for churches in Zimbabwe to help them continue their work. [Pictures by Marcus Perkins, www.tearfund.org]