Beautiful Hands Doing Beautiful Work

  • Written by: Tafadzwa Masviba

The Sir Humphrey Gibbs School, which caters for students with Down Syndrome and other disabilities, has received a much-needed boost thanks to ZDDT's high-impact intervention programme.

This entailed laying down drip irrigation in the school's garden together with general horticultural advice on vegetable and fruit farming, which is set to bring a range of benefits to the students and staff.

The programme's implementation is a welcome development for the school, as it provides a solution to several challenges faced by the garden. With manual watering proving to be unsustainable and requiring extensive labour, the introduction of drip irrigation will significantly reduce the amount of manual labour needed by seventy-five percent.

This creates opportunities to invest in other areas, such as enhancing nutrition, delivering improved education and other much-needed interventions.

The new innovation will also reduce water usage by fifty percent while increasing bed capacity by forty percent, thereby maximizing the potential size of the garden, and increasing the capacity of the crops. This makes the garden more productive and provides for increased food availability and improved nutrition which is necessary for the good health of the students.

The head of Sir Humphrey Gibbs School applauded ZDDT for the intervention, stating that it will go a long way in improving both the quality and quantity of produce grown in the garden: "This intervention is significant because it will, not only improve productivity, but it also goes a long way in promoting inclusiveness in the school and innovative ways of garden management."

In conclusion, ZDDT's high-impact intervention programme, supported by Sally Foundation, has been a vital step in improving the garden's productivity at Sir Humphrey Gibbs School.

The benefits will include making the garden more manageable, enabling more to be achieved and securing greater nutritional impact for the students by providing a healthier and more sustainable food source. This is a demonstration of how communities can come together to address critical issues by creating sustainable solutions that improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable.