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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.

Stars of Zimbabwe

Stars of Zimbabwe

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.

ZDDT Appeal: Boosting community based orphan care in Zimbabwe




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