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Welcome to Basilwizi – “People of the Great River”
Basilwizi Trust is a community development organization, founded in 2002 by the local people of the Zambezi valley, north western part of Zimbabwe. The existence of Basilwizi Trust is a demonstration of concern and determination by Zambezi valley communities to demand and restore their dignity taken away from them by the displacement from the Zambezi River banks. Poverty, the main cause of vulnerability to food insecurity, is one of the defining features of the Zambezi valley. The Zambezi valley districts rank least on the Zimbabwe development index and yet they have great potential to be better from the vast natural resources found in the region. Thus Basilwizi works to assist the communities of Binga, Gokwe north, Hwange and Nyaminyami administrative districts to realize own development and emancipation from extreme poverty through community led interventions.
On the occasion of the international Day of the African Child.
As we join the World in commemorating the International Day of the African Child, Basilwizi calls on all responsible authorities to end violence and abuse of all kinds on children. We are strong advocates of children's rights and with our partners, Kindernothilfe and Action Aid, take note of the following vices affecting children in the Zambezi Valley:
1) Rampant and forced marriages of minors;
As a part of the monitoring & evaluation plan in Basilwizi the director attends reflection community meetings and workshops together with the project officers. Director Frank Mudimba attended the recent community reflection meeting in Nenyunga in Gokwe North. “It is very good to be part of these meetings, as you will be able to see the gaps in our work,” says Frank Mudimba.
“Kulima Mbobumi”, this is one of the common saying in many parts of Binga, meaning to say farming is the vehicle to alleviating poverty and extreme starvation. Farming in Binga, be it fish farming or growing of crops is continuously helping to sustain the livelihoods of the people.
Through our Integrated Aquaculture Agriculture Project Basilwizi is supporting the building of fishponds in the local communities in Zambezi Valley. Last month the fishpond in Siabuwa, Binga District, was stocked with fingerlings.Visiting the project, Director Frank Mudimba, met the committed and enthusiastic community members working at the fishpond.
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