DAPP releases 2017 Annual report

DAPP Zimbabwe is pleased to release its 2017 Annual report , demonstrating the value of its work over the past year.
The report includes an overview of projects and their activities , summary of major achievements, data on total projects delivered, partners worked with, people reached, case studies of particularly successful projects in 2017.

DAPP Zimbabwe reached over 300,000 people in 8 districts across the country, through 14 development projects in the areas of education, community development, agriculture and health. DAPP’s work is contributing towards the Zimbabwean Government’s Sustainable Development efforts.
 The projects implemented by DAPP are holistic in nature, driven by the community, and focused on creating
development together with the most marginalised in the society.
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Small scale farmers prepared to withstand climate change

Small scale farmers prepared to withstand climate change

Imagine the beginning of the agricultural season, the farmers have prepared and planted after the first rains. But the rains fail to continue or are not sufficient. We are seeing this more often as the climate gets warmer resulting in less food being produced. Farmers are usually left with limited options. However DAPP Farmers clubs is in the forefront in offering farmers viable solutions to reduce the shocks.

DAPP Farmers’ Club Zimbabwe in partnership with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), work together with small scale farming communities of Gutu and Mutasa districts in Zimbabwe. Through a 2 year project which enrolled a total of 2000 farmers called “Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme”, farmers are trained on how they can prepare themselves against some of these shocks.

So, what have small scale farmers been taught to reduce crop losses under difficult weather conditions?

Building up living soils to withstand dry spells

Soil that has a mixture of animal and plant matter and a lot of life is good in storing water and nutrients thus allowing maximum growth of crops and plants. Farmers were taught ways to build up soils such as covering the soil with mulching, crop rotation, adding compost manure, minimal soil disturbance as well as planting fast maturing crop varieties. Farmers enrolled in the Farmers’ Club project received training on water conservation and are encouraged to shift from conventional tilling, burning crop residue and cutting down trees.

Commenting on the benefits from the program to date, farmer Ackson Manjowe in Mutasa said “mulching irikutibatsira kuchengetedza hunyoro mumakomba atinodyara zvinoita kuti mbeu dzedu dzive ne utano hwakanaka uye musanganiswa wemashizha nemanyowa watinoshandisa unopa chikafu kuzvirimwa” (mulching helps to keep plant moisture while the leaves and manure mixture provides the right nutrients for the plants).

Feeding the soil thus helps farmers build rich soils and ultimately reduce the impact of dry spells.

Adopting home grown solutions

As climate change continues to threaten food security farmers in our project have adopted home grown solutions to mitigate the effects of some of these shocks. The farmers are encouraged to switch to small grains such as rapoko, root crops like cassava as well as early planting fast maturing varieties that guarantee food security in short rainy seasons.

They are also encouraged and helped to set up nutrition gardens to produce vegetables that thrive under low cost irrigation. A total of 100 rope and washer pumps are currently being installed in Mutasa and 7 bush pumps in Gutu to irrigate the gardens and to provide safe water for drinking.

Planting trees for a more stable environment

Trees are vital for our environment as they reduce soil erosion and maintain the water cycle that bring us rain. They provide shade and food for our animals as well as wood. They are thus worth conserving and replacing. Our farmers, in their groups, mobilise each other to construct firewood saving stoves and rocket stoves so as to reduce wood consumption. They plant live fences to reduce the cutting down of indigenous trees for poles. All open spaces are utilized to make sure that we meet our target of planting 200 000 eucalyptus for woodlots, 40 000 fodder trees, 40 000 fruit trees and 100 live fences. One of the trees that farmers are planting is Leucaena that can be used for livestock feed as well as providing green manure.

Sticking together to overcome challenges

The DAPP Farmers’ Club approach encourages farmers to not only stick together but to also share knowledge and join hands in production and marketing. A club usually has 50 farmers who are divided into 5 groups of 10 called core groups who share information and train together. They work and learn in a common garden and a demo-field and go on to practice in their individual fields. During seed fairs they share crops that grow well under difficult conditions and learn from farmers around them.

New School Facilities handed over to Chemhondoro Secondary School

New School Facilities handed over to Chemhondoro Secondary School

“DAPP Zimbabwe subscribes to the National Constitution which gives every child the right to quality education and that can only be achieved through providing a highly conducive and pleasant learning environment” This was said by DAPP Zimbabwe’s Operations Director Mathias Paradzai at the official handover of completed school facilities to Chemhondoro Secondary School in Shamva District recently

The facilities’ development was spearheaded by DAPP Zimbabwe through a $72,947 grant from the Government of Japan saw the completion one new classroom block and two teachers’ houses, refurbishment of an incomplete classroom block and ablution block. The school was also provided with desks and chairs for 121 students and four teachers.

Speaking at this occasion Mathias Paradzai commended the Japanese Embassy for not only investing in classroom blocks but in teacher accommodation. “We deliberately included the teacher’s accommodation so that the teachers stay motivated to deliver their best to change these students’ future. It remains an issue that most qualified teachers opt to teach in urban areas due to accommodation challenges in rural and small cities” He added that prioritizing teacher accommodation needs improve education in Zimbabwe

Speaking on the same occasion the ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe H.E. Mr Toshiyuki Iwado, said that Japan attached great importance to basic education as a foundation for development. He hoped that, with the help of the improved facilities, the girls and boys of Chemhondoro would benefit more from their precious school years, and that those currently out of school would now attend school. He also praised the community, who had started to build one of the classroom blocks and the ablution block through their own efforts, and who contributed much time and effort to the project.

The Project for Improvement of the Educational Environment at Chemhondoro Secondary School is part of the wider Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Projects which launched in Zimbabwe in 1989

Farmers take up small grains cultivation

Farmers take up small grains cultivation

Farmers clubs Zimbabwe projects are engaging farmers in Masvingo ,Makoni, Mutasa in promoting the cultivation of small grains such as millet and sorghum to boost food security.

Farmers clubs project leaders agree that Small grains such as sorghum, pearl and finger millet play vital role in food and nutrition security. They says their drought tolerant nature make them able to thrive better in areas marginal areas.

Farmers also received education on the benefits of growing small grains. They were taught that, Sorghum and pearl millet are rich in potassium and calcium which are important for healthy bones and teeth while finger millet is rich in iron which is an important for children under five years, pregnant women and the chronically ill patients.

Farmers welcomed the initiative and managed to produce a substantial amount of the small grains.

Following the good harvest Farmers were also educated on storage of the small grains discovering that as compared to maize Finger millet has long storage life and is rarely attacked by insects.

Ministry of Agriculture is on record saying that growing small grains is a successful approach for improving household food security.

Door to Door TC TB program leaves no-one behind in Makoni district Manicaland province.

Door to Door TC TB program leaves no-one behind in Makoni district Manicaland province.

DAPP Total Control of Tuberculosis is empowering every individual to fight TB and HIV through repeated mobilisation, information dissemination, education and basic counselling at their doorstep.

The program uses its unique strategy of mobilising people to know their HIV status, screening TB as well as collecting sputum from the door step to the lab and bringing the results back to the house hold. This strategy has reached  many people who ordinarily would not actively seek out  knowledge or treatment of TB.

“When I visit the people at their door step, they are happy to disclose their health challenges and it becomes easier to assist  them.  This is because sometimes people  might take  time to decide to visit the clinics when they are not feeling well  and in other instances if  they are coughing they think of taking home remedies  instead of visiting  the clinic  for TB screening  in time, even though they know their HIV status” ,said Joseph the field officer.

Giving information, mobilising people for HIV testing, screening TB ,collecting sputum as well as giving feedback of the results is done at door step. Once someone presents with TB referal slips to visit the nearest health facility are also given to individuals at the door step.

This main strategy is effective as compared to other strategies because enough time is taken with an individual to discuss confidential information. The beneficiary can easily decide and get immediate help and is directed to the right service providers by the  Field Officer. The Field Officer and the community volunteers provide educative information on TB/HIV to people in the comfort of their homes.

They collect sputum samples and bring results to the doorstep/ In the case where an individual presents with  TB  the Field officer offers support through monitoring intake treament through the Direct Observed Treatment (DOT).

Field Officers go futher to form TRIOs for treatment adherence and monitoring.

In order to effectively deliver results and cover more ground the Field Officer does not work in isolation. They join hands with trained community volunteers who go door to  door step providig one on one counselling  in order to identify helath problems and refer to health  service providers.

Results from the programme implementation  can be  quickly and easily tracked  through  the use of data  standardized monitoring and evaluation data collection tools and analysed. Decisions are made quickly and actions are taken to control the  TB and HIV.

Noone is left behind when using the door to door strategy in the Makoni district and the nation at large.