The Bulawayo Community Gardens - a ZDDT Programme

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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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ZDDT/ Sally Foundation Cooking Course Ends on a High Note

15 March, 2017 |

The “train the trainers” concept within the a value-addition cooking programme, a partnership between the Zimbabwe Development and Democracy Trust (ZDDT) and Sally Foundation, aimed at adding value to the trust’s various community gardens in the city, has been completed.

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We Did Not Know Anything, But Now We Know – Talita Dlamini

04 March, 2017 |

“We did not know anything, but now we know.” These were the words of Talita Dlamini, 75, of Ward 19 in Old Pumula, when she gave her testimony on the ZDDT/Sally Foundation value-addition cooking programme in which she participated together with other 15 Community Action Team members.

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I Did Not Know I could Save Some Food Stuffs without A Fridge - Judith Dube

10 February, 2017 |

The ZDDT/Sally Foundation value-addition cooking programme has left a lasting impression on the participants who said they have learnt a lot.

Zimbabwe News

Joy for a “Value Addition” Cooking Participant

01 February, 2017 |

Sally Masuku, of Bulawayo’s Old Pumula township, a value addition cooking programme participant, is over the moon after clinching a deal to supply her products to a local college.

Stars of Zimbabwe

Stars of Zimbabwe

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.”

Stars of Zimbabwe

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.

Stars of Zimbabwe

“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.

Stars of Zimbabwe

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.

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ZDDT Appeal Update: Determination bridges the gaps at vulnerable childrens feeding scheme

BULAWAYO – Proceedings at the Burombo Feeding Scheme for vulnerable children have continued quietly, until lately when the responsible committee began receiving a flurry of enquiries about possible assistance.


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Committee Secretary, Mr. Andrew Ndlovu revealed this to the Trust’s Field Correspondent, during a recent visit to the cluster of dilapidated residential flats at Mzilikazi Township, a short distance west of the City Centre.

Mr. Ndlovu related how the scheme’s leadership, during a meeting not so long ago, decided to boost their fund raising efforts by sending letters of appeal to potential stakeholders. He said that after implementing this plan, he began receiving mail from various sectors and occasional visits from people wishing to offer help.

The most exciting development however, is the commitment by a relief agency from Germany, to support the education needs of 25 children at Burombo who are either affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. The deal requires that depending on performance of the learners concerned; the agency is prepared to keep this provision available right through secondary school, including Form Six. The aid organisation recently presented the chosen 25 children with school uniforms, as well as all necessary stationery, besides ensuring payment of education fees.

Meanwhile, Senator for the Makokoba Constituency under which the Burombo complex falls, Hon. Matson Hlalo came to the feeding scheme’s aid by donating half a ton of firewood. This gift was used to cook meals for the children concerned.

Added to this noble gesture, Mr. T. Moyo, a well-wisher from the local respite organisation, Thulasizwe Trust, has offered USD$1000.00 as assistance for cooking staff, and buying firewood and “relish” for the children’s meals.

Yet in between these beneficent actions, there remain many gaps which are filled only with the sheer determination of the Burombo Feeding Scheme’s steering committee’s quest to succeed in their work. Much still needs to be achieved in order that the wheels at Burombo may keep turning.

Some future plans that the Organisation intends to embark on are:

The building of a centre that would house the organisation’s offices, a kitchen, dining area for 200 children and a recreational area, together with adequate ablution facilities.

A properly equipped pre-school that could possibly be adjacent to the new centre.

More immediate plans however include a special lunch for the children as a means to celebrate the Organisation’s first anniversary and a camping trip by train to the Victoria Falls earmarked for this Christmas holiday. These immediate plans will cost USD$1,700.00 in all.

Please help fill the gaps by registering your response to the Steering Committee at Burombo’s Appeal to Well-Wishers if you would like to contribute towards the support of these projects. Any gesture in cash or kind would be most appreciated in this instance.

Those wishing to assist may do so by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.