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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: Sacred Heart Mission, Esigodini, Zimbabwe


“The intention is to redress traditional gender imbalances, by primarily equipping disadvantaged young girls and women with academic or vocational education. This will assist in developing survival skills in these people that will make them self-sufficient and competent enough to take their places in a growing society.” The paragraph ends thus; “By participating in educational programmes on the dangers of HIV/ AIDS, the girl students should be able to safeguard themselves and thence effectively combat its spread among families and the local communities as a whole.”

Other key objectives, according to the document, are:

• To provide a holistic education that will empower the girl child in self development as a means for her to participate fully in nation building.
• To cultivate Christian and cultural values among students.
• To enlighten, guide and educate school-leavers who drop out at a tender age.

Another important point mentioned is the factor in which the girl child, in traditional society, is viewed as secondary to the boy child, where education is concerned and therefore seldom gets a chance to reach or complete high school.

Sacred Heart Primary School farm, site of the intended girls’ high school, is located 57 kilometres south of Bulawayo in Esigodini. The area has two secondary boys’ schools in the form of Falcon College a short distance drive and Mzingwane Secondary School a little further away. There are no such facilities for girls anywhere in the vicinity.

Building operations at the construction site of the proposed girls’ high school have come to a stand still due to lack of adequate funding. The resulting inactivity has forced hopeful local residents from surrounding neighbourhoods, through conducting frequent clean-up  perations at the site, to constantly attempt stemming nature’s quest to reclaim the land taken from her.

Classroom blocks built so far, have been roofed but need floor finishing and plastering of walls for their completion. There is also need for construction of additional blocks, while teachers’ accommodation is stalled at roof level. As in the case of the afore-mentioned classroom blocks, their completion depends upon assistance in cash or kind from well-wishers.

The project has been at a stand-still for a prolonged period, raising fears among its initiators and potential beneficiaries that the longer its completion is delayed, the greater a disadvantage this will pose for local communities.

Those to benefit from service offered at the future high school, will essentially be girls from surrounding mines, villages, the district and nation wide. Enrollment at the proposed boarding establishment will consider students from Forms One to Six.

One third of all places in classes have been reserved for boys, who will attend strictly as day scholars.

The school is intended to include young women, unable to have access to secondary education because of poverty or teenage pregnancy, in night classes. Alternatively, as a means to empower or make them self-sufficient, such persons would be taught agricultural and home economic skills.

Local communities are willing to provide manpower to clean the sites and avail river and pit sand needed in the construction process. They could further help the project by engaging in brick moulding and provision of other locally available inputs.

The Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, who run Sacred Heart Primary School, besides being initiators of the proposed secondary school, have not remained idle while awaiting assistance. Indeed, a comprehensive fundraising campaign was embarked upon, with the inclusion of a UD$10.00 building fund sought from the parents or guardians of each child presently attending the school.

The Ministry of Education Arts, Sports and Culture, is playing its part by providing small grants towards construction costs and will avail assistance for learning aids, besides paying teachers salaries.

Yet in spite of all the valiant efforts being made, by all parties concerned, to keep alive the dream of a quality rural based girl’s high school, there remains a mighty mountain to climb before this dream attains fruition.

Making an impassioned plea to well-wishers willing to chip in towards completion of this most worthwhile cause, Sister M. Dominic, Principal at Sacred Heart Primary School and the chief spokesperson for the proposed secondary institution, said; “If we are to see realization of this vision, there is need for us to reach into the hearts of willing well-wishers in order to stimulate release of the
generosity that resides there. To these people we say; please come forward and help us.”

Those willing to help in cash or kind may contact Sister M. Dominic at Telephone: +263 288 274 or Mobile: +263 772323397.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.