World Vision Turns Hwange into Green belt

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By Rutendo Mapfumo

In an effort to lessen hunger and poverty in Hwange district, World Vision Hwange has established 34 gardens in Hwange central.World Vision Hwange which has been working in Hwange central area for the past 15 years will now move to Hwange West after leaving life changing footprints on most part of Hwange central.The Non-Governmental Organisation has established 34 gardens, drilled more than 30 boreholes and brought piped water to schools as way of assuring food security for the community of Hwange district and surrounding communities.Addressing Hwange district stakeholders, Lovemore Nyoni the World Vision Hwange Area Programme Manager said the people of Hwange central are passionate about development. He was happy to have fulfilled their mandate which included working with children, communities and partners to contribute to the susWorld Vision turns Hwange into green belt tained well-being of nearly 2.5 million mostly vulnerable children.

“The support of these children is done through establishing projects whichare sustainable and these include the gardens and accessibility of water in rural communities.” he said Meanwhile the chairlady of the Chilanga garden Daisy Nyoni said their livelihoods have been improved due to the gardens established in their areas. “We are really grateful as Chilanga community, we can now afford to send our children to school, our nutrition has also improved, we are now eating a balanced diet which include, beans vegetable and other things which we were unable to afford.

“We sell some of the things to Hwange town and it is a way of earning a living for us. We are even desisting from poaching because we now have somewhere where our bread is buttered” said Nyoni. Rachel Nkomo from Kubhudilila Garden in Ward 13 echoed similar sentiments saying World Vision had taught them that one can make a living through hard work and also through the God given natural resources such as land. “I never thought that in Hwange we can have so much green vegetables and crops, we grew up knowing that we are from an arid area and no farming is suitable for us, but with the teachings from World Vision our mindset has changed. We now know that Hwange land can also give us money through farming,” she said. “From Kubhudilila garden, I have managed to sell my tomatoes and have made a living through the profits made from the tomatoes,” said Nkomo.

In Hwange central ,World Vision operated in Simangani, Sidinda, Mashala, Nekabandama, Nekatambe ,Change and Hwange town. In Hwange west area ,it will be working in Kachechete, Chikandakubi, Nemananga, Mbizha and Jambezi.

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