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Solar Equipment for Greenfields

18 June, 2018 |

Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT), which supports Emganwini’s Greenfields Garden, with funding from Sally Foundation of Australia, recently handed over solar torches, lamps and chargers to the Technical Committee of the project.

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Greenfields Garden Benefit Community

21 May, 2018 |

The community surrounding Emganwini’s Greenfields Garden is already benefiting from the ZDDT supported project.

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Kirimuva Garden supplies Pick n Pay

11 May, 2018 |

Kirimuva Garden, one the five supported by the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT) with funding from Sally Foundation and Global Development Group (GDG) of Australia, has started supplying lettuce to one the country’s leading supermarket chains, Pick n Pay.

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Garden Beneficiaries Thrilled By Roche Visit

06 January, 2018 |

There was singing, dancing, ululation, as well as whistling, as Mike Roche of Sally Foundation arrived at the newly-established Greenfields Garden in Bulawayo’s neat and orderly but impoverished Emganwini Township.

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ZDDT Commended

13 October, 2017 |

Councillor for Bulawayo’s Ward 28, which covers Cowdray Park Township, Collet Ndlovu, has commended the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT)’s monthly Business Social Credit Scheme (BSCS) as a step in the right direction.

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Elderly Nkulumane Women Benefit

16 August, 2017 |

Two elderly women, Sana Nyoni, 99, and Irene Matafeni, 76, both of Nkulumane, are the latest beneficiaries of the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT)’s Business Social Credit Scheme (BSCS).

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Sizinda Garden Commercialisation

16 August, 2017 |

On August 4, the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT), officially launched the commercialisation component of the Sizinda Community Garden, a development aimed at increasing income for beneficiaries.

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Star of Zim: MaTshabalala, a Rare Breed

22 June, 2018 |

“In life when you die you should leave behind a difference in your community, country or world; you must create a good difference, not a bad one,” these are the words of Patricia Tshabalala of Mpopoma.

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Star of Zim - Bhila Inspired to Change Lives

26 February, 2018 |

After surviving the HIV virus in 2003, when her CD4 count had dropped to one, Senzeni Bhila resolved to do something for God and his people for the rest of her life.

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Stars of Zimbabwe: Helping the Needy Has Always Been Within Me – Yona Mpofu

04 March, 2017 |

“Helping the needy, especially orphans and vulnerable members of the community, has always been within me as the chief orphan myself.”

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One on One with the Servant of Bulawayo

23 June, 2014 |

by Chrispen Tabavura, ZDDT Field Correspondent Above: Ald Mabaleka at a ZDDT community graduation ceremony. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Describing Israel Mabaleka’s work and service will need almost three months, and that will not do any justice to readers nor Mr. Mabaleka.

Star of Zim - Bhila Inspired to Change Lives

 

Bhila

BULAWAYO - After surviving the HIV virus in 2003, when her CD4 count had dropped to one, Senzeni Bhila resolved to do something for God and his people for the rest of her life.

Bhila, 53, of Kingsdale, is involved in a number of community projects all aimed at empowering orphans, the vulnerable and less privileged women.

Leading Susceptible Iyanai Chinoda (SICO), which is a Manyika dialect of the Shona language, literally translated:

“We are able to unite and that is what we want.

”Bhila has years been working to improve lives of the community members for the past 10.

“I started this organisation in 2007 after I had been trained by HOSPAZ (Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe) in Palliative Care-giving for the children."

She said she also managed to successfully negotiate with the Social Services Department for the payment of school fees for 100 out of the 231 children she supports, under the donor–funded Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM).

Bhila, who has since applied for land from the City Council, says she has plans to establish a drop-in centre where abused children would be temporarily housed, counselled and later handed over to children’s homes.

Currently, she operates from Montgomery Hall and has been given two offices by the city fathers to use for free which, however, have to be renovated before occupation.

This inspirational lady, who is a dress designer, also runs arts and crafts classes for women and children at Montgomery Hall.

“I then diversified my dress designing into arts and craft because the two go hand in glove,” said Bhila.

“Some of the children are not academically gifted. So I just thought if we could venture into this craft work and, as you see, we make shoes, hats and bags. We do tar and dye and even detergents we make. I teach the children and women all these skills.”

Born in Bulawayo 53 years ago, Bhila whose parents originate from Mutare, is a mother of five, four girls and one boy.

Asked what inspired her to get involved in the community work, she explained:

“Really what happened is I got sick in 2003 and I discovered that I was HIV positive. My last born was in grade 4 and my first born was in form 1. So, when I got healed, I just thought to myself that God had made me well for a purpose. If I were to die, I know that I would have loved somebody to look after my children, and that is why I look after children whose parents perished because of the HIV pandemic. So I just said, let me do the Lord’s work."

A member of Anchor of Christ Church, Bhila serves as counsellor and also runs a network for people living with HIV and a trust for orphans and vulnerable children in addition to participating in a number of HIV and AIDS conferences.

The hard-working woman has trained with different organisations which, she said, strengthened her passion for children.

Such organisations include MSF, National Aids Council (NAC), Zimbabwe National Network for People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

“I am a ZLHR advocacy officer for Bulawayo Province,” said Bhila.

“We make noise about things that we do not want to happen and we also make noise for things that we
want to happen in Bulawayo.”

The community activist has also successfully lobbied for a mobile clinic in Kingsdale, after realising that residents had to go too far away Northend Clinic in order to access health services.