The Bulawayo Community Gardens - a ZDDT Programme


My Life Will Never Be the Same

22 October, 2021 |

“My wish is to have a piece of land, where I can put my new skills into practice and produce vegetables to help my family and others in the process,” said Allan Milano Ndlovu, an outgoing student at the horticulture training school.


Green Valley Garden Elects a New Committee

13 September, 2021 |

Green Valley Garden members in Ward 21, voted in many new faces during their annual committee elections which were held at the garden last week.


A New Dawn for Greenfields Garden

19 August, 2021 |

For the effective day-to-day running of any project, there should be a team of dedicated individuals which can push the ship forward. The ZDDT nutritional gardens are no exception; they each have a dedicated leadership team which steers the garden towards higher agricultural production and improved income.


New Chairperson Promises Sizinda a Bright Future

12 July, 2021 |

The new elected chairperson, Mrs Sithabisiwe Vundla, promises to take Green Valley Garden to greater heights.

Our Partnership with the Sally Foundation


An Insight on Sally Foundation and ZDDT’s Partnership

02 July, 2021 |

Mike Roche, and his wife Geraldine, established the Sally Foundation (SF) to leave a legacy for future generations, both in their homeland, Australia, and Zimbabwe.  They invest in projects that help people from disadvantaged backgrounds become self-reliant and resilient.


Philanthropy that Touches Lives

14 October, 2019 |

Councillor Donaldson Mabuto loads a special chair into the boot of the car and we drive to a house just a few blocks away from his.


Garden Beneficiaries Thrilled By Roche Visit

06 January, 2018 |

There was singing, dancing, ululation, as well as whistling, as Mike Roche of Sally Foundation arrived at the newly-established Greenfields Garden in Bulawayo’s neat and orderly but impoverished Emganwini Township.


ZDDT Commended

13 October, 2017 |

Councillor for Bulawayo’s Ward 28, which covers Cowdray Park Township, Collet Ndlovu, has commended the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT)’s monthly Business Social Credit Scheme (BSCS) as a step in the right direction.

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ZDDT Honours Star of Zimbabwe

02 April, 2019 |

The Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT) recently honoured outstanding community volunteer, Mpopoma’s Moses Dube, as a Star of Zimbabwe.

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Star of Zim: Moses Dube, a Man Fond of Working for the Community

11 February, 2019 |

While many people may demand payment for community service, that is not the case with a Bulawayo man who has worked so unselfishly and tirelessly with the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT) for over a decade now.

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Star of Zim: MaTshabalala, a Rare Breed

22 June, 2018 |

“In life when you die you should leave behind a difference in your community, country or world; you must create a good difference, not a bad one,” these are the words of Patricia Tshabalala of Mpopoma.

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Star of Zim - Bhila Inspired to Change Lives

26 February, 2018 |

After surviving the HIV virus in 2003, when her CD4 count had dropped to one, Senzeni Bhila resolved to do something for God and his people for the rest of her life.

ZDDT appeal: Trenance Primary School

Situated in the middle to low income suburb of Trenance, Ward Three, eight kilometres north of the City Centre the school is faced with a myriad of challenges that, under the circumstances, can largely be satisfactorily solved with the aid of willing benefactors.

Out of an ideal quota that should number 45 teachers, there are presently only 13. Floors are badly worn and in need of repairing as do desks and seating. In some of the classrooms, teachers have to improvise because there are no blackboards, while in others children are forced to stand during lessons due to the lack of adequate classroom furnishings. Almost all door and light fittings are non existent, having disappeared years ago. Because of the shortage of learning space some of the pupils are crammed into a small office and a garage for lessons. The newest classroom block lacks a ceiling virtually turning the place into a furnace in the summer months.

Children are frequently sent home for non payment of fees which amount to $10.00 every term, together with a $15.00 per term levy. Many cannot sit for exams due to their inability to pay the costs and are subsequently deprived of advancement through no fault of theirs.

But the institution’s administration, led by headmistress, Mrs. Doris Mashaiti, has not been idly watching this deteriorating situation. They have come up with a plan to construct two additional classrooms for which the concrete slab has already been laid, and are seeking means to conduct necessary infrastructural repairs where ever this is needed. Mrs. Mashaiti mentioned that the school and surrounding community are keen to see the classrooms’ completion, which besides serving pupils, are intended for use in much sought after adult education programmes.

Plans for the new classroom block were provided by the Government’s Public Works Department, (PWD), who will oversee construction work and select qualified builders from among the local community. Construction, set to last one month, is estimated to cost $22,000. Experts advise that work should commence before the onset of the rainy season.

A measure of relief was realised in the form of a donation of text books from the Australian Embassy and the Lions Club provided for electrical work which was carried out by the (PWD). Local Member of Parliament, Hon. Dorcas Sibanda also presented the school with 100 chairs.

Yet in spite of these welcome gestures of generosity, much more assistance will be needed in order for reasonable levels of relief to be established at Trenance Primary.

Well-wishers willing to assist with building materials fittings, appliances or cash may do so by utilising the following contact details:

TELEPHONE, MRS. D. MASHAITI: +263 9 210937, during office hours.


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Alternatively TELEPHONE: +263 9 230017.

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