Sustainable Projects

August, 2012: The UN and All Africa.com reported that 1.6 million will need food assistance especially during January-March, 2013, the 'hunger season.' There are already signs of distress in some rural areas. This year's grain harvest was 1/3 less than those from the last years. Contributing factors included erratic rainfall, dry spells, and limited access to seed and fertilizer. Manicaland Province, which includes Chikore and Mt. Selinda, is one of the worst affected areas. Giving small grants for sustainable agricultural projects both provides a safety net and preserves dignity. The following are examples of such projects.

Poultry

ALFZ supports broiler projects in 5 villages and at Chikore Hospital. A local Agricultural Extension Officer provides the expertise, teaching and ongoing support. A small joining fee of $5 is required to show commitment. At Chikore Hospital the project was requested to augment their income which is insufficient to maintain basic services; many patients are unable to pay fees. They now have 100 chicks to raise, sell and purchase.

5 Villages formed groups of 8-10 people who divide the tasks of caring for and selling chicks. They have requested goats to augment their income.

The first layers project for egg production was started this year by building a fowl run and providing chicks, feed, vitamins etc until laying starts. This was given to a father of 3 who also provides a home for 4 orphans so that he will be better able to feed, clothe and care for his large family.

chickens
Poultry Project

Goats

Goats provide an easy to care for , essential source of protein in addition to income from the sale of meat and animals as they reproduce. The first female kid is passed on in the “pay it forward” model. Each she goat produces 2-4 kids per year.

Daisy Dube Childrens home was the site of the first goat project followed by 5 orphans in Shekwa village.

With sufficient funding we will add goats to the Chikore Mission villages as they requested. The start up cost is $100-$125 for 3 she goats.

Goats
Orphans Caring for Goats
Goats
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Fashion and Fabrics

This year, Mafume Secondary School was the recipient of 3 hand operated sewing machines to establish a Fashion and Fabrics Block which will teach students a marketable skill. Upon graduation, they will be able to offer tailoring, garment and uniform making and repair . A hand operated sewing machine costs $125 and with intermittent electricity is the best choice. Our goal is to add machines at Mafume and to expand other rural secondary schools.

Hand Sewing
Learning To Sew