Protracted Relief Projects – Binga and Gokwe North

The Basilwizi Livelihoods project is currently implementing the Protracted Relief Programme Phase II (PRP II) in Binga and Gokwe North in partnership with Save the Children Zimbabwe and Concern Worldwide (CWW) respectively. The purpose of PRP is to ‘Prevent destitution and protect and promote the livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable’.

Progress towards outputs and results of the project

There have been important positive changes in the lives of the people in general as a result of the PRP II interventions in Gokwe North and Binga. So far, most significant changes recorded show changes on diet, in agronomic practice, in income and in social status for vulnerable and poor people. In general, household food security and nutrition have been enhanced through sustainable and improved productivity as a result of the programme. During the reporting period from January to December, the summarised progress against the milestones is shown in tabular form below.





Project outputs

 

Activity

This period

 

F

M

Total

340 farmers trained and engaged  in conservation farming methods to  increase food security by close of project.

Seed fairs

 

 

2,369

Open voucher system (GSID )

 

 

710

Conservation Farmers – trainings on basic principles

263

197

460

Build capacities of 450 community members in community based planning to implement relevant developmental plans to their needs

Trained Village Agricultural Production Facilitators

Training on gender mainstreaming, advocacy and protection (these were conducted during in all livelihoods project activities

 

 

4

 

2,049

Animal health improved by constructing three spray bays for livestock dipping in the two chiefdoms of Simuchembu and Nenyunga by 2011.

Rehabilitated 2 dip tanks

Constructed a holding pen for in Simuchembu

 

 

2,400

Training of small livestock beneficiaries

 

 

114

Distribution of small livestock

 

 

114

Distribution of vet drugs

 

 

 

Secured educational rights of OVC in Gokwe North (Simuchembu & Nenyunga)

3 Secondary Schools were supported with block grants to ensure increased access to education for OVC especially the girl child.

 

 

 

Households are accessing safe and clean water and pump minders trained and are able to carry out basic borehole maintenance

Rehabilitated 14 boreholes (12 in Simuchembu and 2 in Nenyunga Wards)

Repaired 1 borehole

 

 

 

Training of builders for the construction of water troughs

0

17

17

Pump minders kits and protective clothing

0

2

2

Water Point Committee members training

26

48

74

Nutritional needs and incomes for the elderly and the children, especial those affected by HIV and AIDS, enhanced through the provision of better managed community gardens.

Established 4 community gardens

Established 50 individual gardens

Adopted 2 community gardens from Christian Care

At least 4 new and 9 old nutrition gardens (NGs) were supported with fencing materials and tools. Established compost heaps for permaculture

80

31

20

29

100

60

Training of garden management

112

49

161

Training on solar drier utilisation

112

49

161

Garden Days

160

90

250

Nutrition Education

80

17

97

Achievements/Successes

 

seed fairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The seed fairs have improved cash circulation within the communities and promoted local seed varieties.
  • As a result of block grants, there is a reduction in the number of pupils who drop out from school due to lack of school fees and other educational needs.
  • As a result of the revolving loan scheme for vet drugs and dipping facilities, incidences of parasites and diseases cases and death rate have been reduced.
  • As a result of the established CBPM structures, there is a marked change in community participation and total involvement when carrying out activities such as dip tank and borehole rehabilitation, block grants and vet drug distribution and that is a commendable work done which might lead to project sustainability.

access to clean water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Improved access to clean and safe water for both household and animals.
  • The community is also making more effective use of available water resources, for example, communities have established individual gardens as a result of increased water availability.
  • A further benefit and impact of the programme is that it has increased awareness of the importance of correct borehole construction techniques, thereby helping ensure that newly drilled boreholes should require less rehabilitation in the future.

Gardens were established to improve household income for the community members

 

garden 1     garden 2      garden 4

 

garden 3    There has been a noted increase in the number of Nutrition Gardens and
    Conservation Farming adopters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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