Zimbabwe Community Gardens





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Zimbabwe

Location: Zimbabwe Africa

Total Budget: $43,314

Area of Focus: Community economic development

We are requesting assistance in the continued development of Additional Rural Bush Community Gardens in Zimbabwe, Africa. Why is the expansion of more and more community gardens so important in these rural areas?

1. Zimbabwe has been in a serious drought for years. They are beginning to import grains.

2. The Empowerment of Women is realized through these community gardens as women are the primary workers in these gardens.

3. Year-round crop rotation is the answer to self-sustainability and becoming self-sufficient.

4. Each community garden is developed by drilling a water well (borehole) in a community of at least 85 homesteads in the bush. The average homestead has 5 people living in it, so almost 500 people are impacted in a positive way when a new community garden is developed.

5. Each new garden costs $14,438 to get up and growing. This money goes to drill a borehole, solar power the water pump that pushes the water to the jojo tanks that hold 10,000L of water. The water from the jojo tanks is gravity fed down to the gardens which allows a YEAR-ROUND CROP ROTATION. YES, now there is food year-round.

6. The Buy a Brick Foundation has opened a total of 12 community gardens and school gardens. The Buy a Brick Foundation is the boots on the ground that organized these projects. The uses of their tractor to plow up the land for the community has been awesome.

7. Please partner with us as we want to open 10 more community gardens in Zimbabwe, Africa in 2023. Partner with us in a little or all of the community gardens.

8. We are looking to expand 3 Community Gardens right now. May June July 2023

Best regards to all - Gib Leonard, Rotary Club of Washington DC making a difference in Zimbabwe, Africa for the past 20 years. +1 202-359-4900.

Primary Host Partner

District: 7620

Rotary Club of: Washington

Primary Contact: Gib Leonard

Email: gibleonard@gmail.com

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Need $43,314
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Project listed for the 2022-23 Rotary Year.

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