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Sizinda Market Garden Donates Vegetables to Ingutsheni Central Hospital

29 July, 2022 |

Sizinda nutritional garden in Ward 21, recently donated vegetables which included chomoulier, Kelly-chomoulier, tsunga, rape, spinach and spring onion to Ingutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo.

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Excitement as ZDDT’s New Garden Site gets Green Light to Drill a Borehole

28 June, 2022 |

The newly created Hlanganani garden site has recently received permission to drill a borehole from the local authorities.

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Women Leadership Keeps Mandlake Garden Moving Forward

28 June, 2022 |

From the time Emganwini’s Mandlake garden in Ward 26 was established, there are signs that it is improving and moving forward, the garden committee members told the Sally Foundation and partners during a recent site inspection to check on the project development.

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Greenfields Community Garden Thrives and Changes Lives

27 June, 2022 |

Emganwini residents in Ward 26, continuously benefit from the Zimbabwe Democracy Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT)’ Greenfields market garden project funded by the Sally Foundation and the Global Development Group (GDG) of Australia.

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Sally Foundation Founders and Pumula MP Visit Kirimuva Community Garden

23 June, 2022 |

The third visit by the Australian philanthropic organisation, Sally Foundation, to the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust’s (ZDDT) Kirimuva community market garden project in Old Pumula, left the local community optimistic about future co-investments and partnerships.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: Bulawayo youth group looks to boost community by restoring children's playgrounds


Cooperating closely with the local Councillor the group has met with reasonable success in their endeavours.

The youngsters, who are members of Creative Community Projects in Zimbabwe (CCPZ), hope to achieve their goals through the restoration of children’s playgrounds that abound in the neighbourhood. There are 32 of these, 5 of which have had work started on them.

All these entertainment zones have fallen into advanced stages of neglect and the equipment is in disrepair or missing. This is due to a decade of serious national economic failure.

Utilising voluntary labour and scarce resources which they were able to scrape together, the determined youths have managed to get the worked grounds graded with the use of Municipality equipment. The next stage, according to CCPZ Chairman Vusa Siziba, is the removal of glass fragments and other harmful obstacles from the graded surfaces. This will be followed by application of top soil and levelling. It is then hoped that playground equipment will be added as resources become available.

Most of these play areas are similar in size, a factor that has allowed the group to opt for a standard design in terms of configuration. Mr. Siziba explained that on completion, each entertainment zone would ideally have a sports area comprising football and netball fields. A basketball court would be added, while adjoining these would be space reserved for drama performances, designed to contribute towards building children into well balanced members of society. Such performances will generally be conducted by the children themselves, but youth and adult teams would also be encouraged to participate. The CCPZ Chairman said that a playground equipped with swings, slides, see-saws and the like would be incorporated into each plan. He added that the entire entertainment zone would have a sports track wrapped around it. This, he pointed out, would add a fitness aspect for beneficiaries.

Speaking about the safety features offered by these plans, Mr. Siziba said; “ The grounds are within close proximity to surrounding houses, but it is intended that beneficiaries will be small children, who will not cause structural damage, such as breaking windows, when kicking balls around. Currently, such offspring endanger their lives by playing in the streets, because proper facilities are not available,” he indicated an area in the road close by, where stones have been fashioned into crude goal posts, and went on to say; “These grounds will ensure a safe, supervised environment for the children concerned.”

In order for the playgrounds to become functional, the important element of water will need to be introduced.

This will call for at least one borehole to be drilled and equipped at each site. In addition there would be need for ablution facilities. The entire area will also have to be secured with an enclosing fence.

Asked how his organisation hoped to get funding for such an ambitious project involving, not just one, but several restored and equipped playgrounds, Mr. Siziba remarked; “While we are not averse to showing gratitude to well meaning donors, it should be remembered that every community can, under normal circumstances, be considered as a reservoir of resources. Our intention is to tap into these through the Community Cohesion Concept, by which the combined skills and resources of a neighbourhood are exploited, to achieve desired results. In this way, communities would have the opportunity to enjoy the fruit of their concerted efforts knowing that they have contributed towards improving living standards.”

The relationship that exists between CCPZ and ZDDT is not merely coincidental. The two were brought together by a shared desire to enhance standards of living through community restoration initiatives. To this end the former trusts its Community Cohesion Concept, while the latter swears by the SEBENZELA / Work for… Programme. Though these initiatives appear to be different in character, the overall objective remains the same –giving dignity back to communities, by encouraging self-reliance and taking ownership over their circumstances.

The noble vision cherished by CCPZT, and those who share such sentiments, has become a reality. However for its successful completion the assistance of well-wishers is necessary. Should you wish to make a contribution for this worthy cause, please use the following contact details.

CCPZ TRUST: Telephone: +263 9 522515. Mobile: +263 713 579 367. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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