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.

basilwizi.org News

Basilwizi peace building exercise commended

"Peace begins with me, peace begins with you, peace begins with all of us", reiterated chief Saba.

Speaking at a one day peace concert hosted by Basilwizi Trust in Saba ward on June 28, 2013,  Chief Saba highly commended Basilwizi Trust, particularly its Community Capacity Building (CCB) project that advocates for peace in the communities during such difficulty times as election approach.

August 08, 2012

Tonga.Online project, with the generous support from HIVOS and AZFA, has generated huge interest among school children and communities of Binga district. Over the past year, children have been organising themselves in localised media clubs per ITC in twelve schools of Binga. These 'young journalists', as the call themselves, have been very active in generating local content from the community and sharing it with Basilwizi through monthly news stories submissions.


The year 2011 was one of Basilwizi's toughest with funding base dwindling and the organisation having to restrategise on staffing and other operational budgets. The organisation remains thankful to all its supporters and sponsors who helped us sail through the year. We thank our committed board members, HIVOS, Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association, the EC delegation to Zimbabwe, ActionAid International Zimbabwe, Save the children, Concern Worldwide, the British Embassy in Zimbabwe, DFID, the Firelight Foundation and our traditional leaders for the splendid support for our work.

Bbole maanu rocks HIFA

Bbole maanu, a traditional Tonga ngoma yabuntibe music dance group graced HIFA 2012, thanks to the organisers. Bbole maanu is a group from Simatelele in Binga district that plays, like many other groups from the Zambezi valley, a rich mix of traditional Tonga music using animal horns as the trumpets. This year's event was set alight by artistic Tonga dancers comprising of 24 males and six females. One unique feature of this group was the presence of a lady blowing a lead horn among the group, a feat that rarely is achieved by many women in the Zambezi valley.

In this issue:

  • Manjolo High School joins the Global Village
  • Women are slowly earning a living by weaving of handbags
  • Advice on choosing a career
  • Severe Starvation looms in the Zambezi Valley

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