The Bulawayo Community Gardens - a ZDDT Programme

ZDDT News

Visit a Blessing

28 October, 2016 |

Bulawayo – There was much pomp and ceremony at Emganwini’s newly pegged garden, as DAP (Direct Aid Programme), visited the dusty site adjoining a block of housing.

ZDDT News

Education Drive in Bulawayo’s Community Gardens Continues

27 November, 2014 |

A recent visit, by one of Zimbabwe’s senior agricultural journalists and magazine publisher, Kari Olivey, boosted the hopes of Bulawayo’s community urban farming sector.

ZDDT News

ZDDT’s Exclusive Interview With Bulawayo’s Mayor

12 November, 2014 |

So humble is the Mayor of Bulawayo, Councillor Martin Moyo, that the most senior community father is readily available when contacted by the press and, most importantly, the ratepayers.

ZDDT News

Bulawayo's Community Gardens Boost Economic Activity

10 September, 2014 |

By Chris Tabvura, ZDDT Reporter In a move that Bulawayo’s Ward 27’s community described as a worthy investment, ZDDT’s Pumula South facilitated nutritional garden has become primary source of vegetables for local vendors.

Our Partnership with the Sally Foundation

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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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Raising My Grandchildren from Garden Produce – Lucy Nkala

25 July, 2017 |

Lucy Nkala, 72, one of the beneficiaries of Kirimuva Garden, a partnership between GDG, Sally Foundation and Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT), has said she was raising her grandchildren from the proceeds of the sale of her garden produce.

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One on One with Pumula South Garden Beneficiary

21 June, 2017 |

In 2008, the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT), in partnership with Sally Foundation of Australia, introduced nutritional gardens to Bulawayo, with a view to providing food security and a source of livelihood for the disadvantaged urban dwellers.

Stars of Zimbabwe

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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.

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“Community Before Self” – Polyana Mahlangu

10 April, 2014 |

By Ntando Sibanda - ZDDT Field Reporter Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Born to a Christian family in Ezimnyama (Matabeleland South), in 1926, Mrs Polyanna Mahlangu grew up with a strong sense of family and service to the community.

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Denny Munetsi: Gweru's Outstanding Community Member

03 September, 2012 |

Denny spearheads ZDDT's Urban Greening Initiative, The Local authority Capacity Building Programme, Nutritional Gardens and Cleaning and Anti-Litter Campaigns in Gweru.

ZDDT Appeal: Boosting community based orphan care in Zimbabwe

Hope for a Child in Christ is desperately seeking willing partners to continue with their essential services to Zimbabwean orphans.



BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe – Registered as an NGO in 1999, Hope For a Child in Christ (HOCIC) began serious charitable interventions with the implementation of the Strive Project Preteriny from 2004 to  2007.

The Organisation is a local Interdenominational association that networks with 50 Churches in the domain of child welfare and community based orphan care. Its operations are mainly based in Bulawayo, and the Provinces of Matebeleland North and South.

>> Read about one of the organisations success stories, Nhlonipho Ndlovu: A Burning Ambition

HOCIC has as its vision; sustainable faith-based, community centred, child focused programmes, and a mission that seeks to capacitate Christian organisations for retainable holistic programmes centred on disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Membership with the Organisation is open to all Christian Churches, denominations and entities. As values, the Institution lists: Love, Justice Humility, Peace-building, Transparency, Respect, Accountability and Voluntarism.

A feature that causes the Organisation to stand apart from others is its insistence on the establishment of community based orphan care. In such programmes suitable guardians are identified to provide the necessary care. HOCIC then provides these with essential support.

Some of its key objectives may be listed as follows:

  • To coordinate different approaches of members so as to maximise the use of limited resources.

  • To facilitate capacity building of member Churches for sustainable Organisations for Vulnerable Children (OVC) programmes.

  • To facilitate the registration and recognition of members with the Department of Social Welfare and other key stakeholders.

  • To set up a network for community based orphan care programmes, so as to mobilise and share common resources.

  • To advocate for and on all issues affecting the OVCs.

Key activities of Hope for a Child in Christ include among other things; direct assistance with the inclusion of blocks-grants in formal education, child participation and social services that incorporate psychological support and children’s clubs. Artistic expression and motivational interventions are also encouraged. Other activities entail; vocational skills and life skills training, agro projects such as support for nutritional gardens and income generating actions, child protection and birth registration.

To its credit, the Organisation, with assistance from Programmes of Support (POS) (UNICEF) successfully embarked upon a Programme Scale-up, from 2007 to 2010 that included:

  • An increase in OVCs reached, from 3000 to 10000.

  • Area coverage increased from 15 to 35 wards entailing direct implementation and over 200 wards with indirect implementation.

  • 500 out-of-school youths trained in vocational skills.

  • 6 Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) attained sub-grantee status.

  • 7 FBOs capacitated through training and equipment.

  • Over 150 recreational kits distributed.

  • Day-care centres with 15 under 5 year olds per year were supported.

  • Organisational implementation capacity was increased.

  • 400 girls supported with sanitary wear for 12 months.

Yet, these impressive statistics belie the precarious situation that Hope for a Child in Christ is currently forced to tackle in order to continue providing the essential services that the public has become accustomed to in recent years. Several factors that include, donor reviewing of priorities and decrease in resource availability, has seen drastic cuts in funding, while in some instances financial support was completely discontinued

The prevailing situation is cause for deep concern at the Organisation and among its members, who have warned that, if these conditions persist, there will be no other option but to cease all essential operations. They caution that those affected may well number in the thousands. But saddest of all is the fact that all those vulnerable children who are beneficiaries will suddenly find themselves without the vital support they had become accustomed to receiving.

Hope for a Child in Christ is desperately seeking willing partners or well-wishers who are prepared to come forward and assist the Organisation by providing the support needed to keep programmes running.

You can help by utilising the following contact details:


Hope for a Child in Christ. 24 Jason Moyo Street & 1st Avenue, Bulawayo. Zimbabwe.

Telephone: +263 9 885871. Tele-Fax: +263 9 885971. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively: editor.zddt.org



>> Read about one of the organisations success stories, Nhlonipho Ndlovu: A Burning Ambition