COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECTS
Since establishing the first 3 gardens in Bulawayo in 2013, Sally Foundation has been looking at ways to enhance the lives of the community garden beneficiaries and others within the community. This has resulted in a number of initiatives being implemented.
Sally Foundation partners with GDG Australia who provides a governance oversight role. The projects are implemented by the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT), a locally based organisation dedicated to creating sustainable development and positive change. Read more about our partners...
Permaculture in Schools program
Schools leading environmental change through gardening practices
Children learning to draw out garden maps on the ground
The school produces enough food for the students, and excess herbs are dried and packaged
VISION: To see an improved quality of life through active participation of the young children in sustainable land-use management in their school and communities.
SCHOOLS: Sally Foundation has partnered with Health Excellence to introduce a Permaculture Program in a cluster of 5 schools in Bulawayo. The program is essentially about ushering in a new way of Environmental thinking and action in the teachers, children and adjacent community - through growing trees, crops and vegetables within the school.
The key is to do this in a co-ordinated way that is lead by the School Leaders and parents to the youngsters themselves, with the objective of restoring and preserving the environment surrounding the school at the same time protecting it from soil erosion.
A schools program was selected as they are vibrant centers for this development and centers for much needed Environmental change. Many schools have substantial soil erosion caused by bad practices such as total removal of ground cover by weeding and sweeping. Continuous degradation of soil goes on unchecked. Schools still burn dry vegetable matter like leaves and dry grasses while they do not have manure to nourish their soils.
There is often too much use of non-food plants which demand a lot of the scarce water which can alternatively be used for gardening to produce food for the hungry children. Most do not have enough food for the learners, for the teachers and the community.
Young children receive mentoring on environmental management issues and learn to solve their own Environmental problems from a young age.
IMPLEMENTATION: Intensive training is undertaken for the selected number of teachers, learners, community representatives and ground management staff – leading to the formation of a Permaculture club. This club will not only produce ‘kitchen gardens’ but also be valuable to the children who join as they will more likely implement the training at their homes to feed their own family – and potentially go into agriculture as adults. This is good for Zimbabwe, who is pushing the agriculture agenda at the moment.
- The participation of children, parents, staff and other stakeholders in the planning, implementation and monitoring of their new landscape design for their grounds. This creates a more socially sound community. Improved community cohesion
- Stronger school and community linkages
- Increased access to fruits, vegetables, herbs and other foods
- Culinary, aromatic and medicinal use of herbs
- Enhanced teaching and learning using locally available resources
- A real mixed forest at school – a source for real life examples across the curriculum
- Increased motivation by children and teachers
SELF-SUSTENANCE/SUSTAINABILITY: The program should eventually be self-supporting and recycling itself and as soon as all the envisaged areas have been covered it must continue to grow itself and also create and support other similar programs within the community and the whole region as well.
Cooking School at Entembeni
Community garden members attending cooking classes at Entembeni
Ward 19 members received a prize for their cooking
BACKGROUND: In late 2016, Sally Foundation agreed to supply gas for a year to Entembeni Old Aged home (which is supported by Ward 15). The gas is purchased from a nearby local business in the same community.
COOKING SCHOOL: Sally then sponsored a 5-week cooking school for 20 people at Entembeni in a 'train the trainer' activity. Four members from each of the Sally-supported community gardens attended as well as staff from Entembeni.
The Cooking School greatly upskilled members in different cooking combinations, knowledge of different vegetables to grow, and how to make jams and preservatives when oversupply exists. The cooking school was run by two fabulous ladies from Go Green.
ENTEMBENI BENEFITS: Much of the food created during the course was given to the elderly residents at the Home. With Entembeni staff in attendance at the cooking school, they will continue to use newly acquired skills in food preparation, cooking and preserving.
SIZINDA GARDEN BENEFITS: Read about how the Cooking School and the Go Green ladies are greatly enhancing Ward 21 by commercialising part of the garden.
OTHER BENEFITS: The Train the Trainer Model proved very successful and each team took the cooking and produce ideas back to their home garden and ran demonstrations for their garden communities. A team from Ward 19 subsequently entered and won a prize at the Trade Fair.
NGOZI Dump Site settlement
Painting the new Sally-funded toilet block at Ngozi
Young At Heart preparing for a Puppetry show
Puppetry can be used to convey important messages to impoverished locals
BACKGROUND: An informal community of some 600 people, including many orphans, live on or next to a dump site outside Bulawayo, known as Ngozi mine, or Ngozi dump site. They have no basic infrastructure, electricity, facilities or piped water.
FUNDING: In this neglected community Sally has provided funding for a toilet block - the only one in the settlement.
PARTNERS: Sally partnered with the local Bethel Church to enhance this community and hopefully attract other organisations. This has led to Sally Foundation funding a library to enhance a school they have set up in conjunction with Open Schools Worldwide. This is complementary to the toilet block addition.
DRAMA PROGRAMME: Geraldine Roche Drama has also been running a dedicated programme at the NGOZI Mine dump site. Drama is regularly performed there with Young At Heart.
The holistic approach adopted by Young at Heart highlights messages such as behaviour change, human rights and birth registration awareness. These are conveyed through puppetry making it easy for the audience to understand.
BENEFITS: The YAH programmes at Ngozi have impacted positively in the community in many respects -from attracting organisations who have assisted people to get their birth certificates, an increased number of people going to HIV testing, greater awareness of the dangers of sexual/child exploitation, understanding self worth - to name a few.
And at the same time as bringing some laughter and joy to an impoverished group and some dignity as residents can now utilise a proper private toilet for the first time. A good example of how Sally Foundation and Geraldine Roche drama work together.