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Table of Contents
02 About DAPP Zimbabwe
03 Message from the Chairperson
04 DAPP Zimbabwe Mission
06 Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development
07 Farmers Club
13 Park Estate
17 HOPE Program Zimbabwe
20 Community Development
21 Child Aid Zimbabwe
26 Frontline Institute
28 Ponesai Vanhu Technical College
30 Ponesai Vanhu Junior School
33 DAPP Zimbabwe Civil Society Strengthening
35 DAPP Partners and Stakeholders
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About DAPP Zimbabwe
Development Aid from People to People Zimbabwe (DAPP Zimbabwe) has been working in Zimbabwe since its registration in 1980 as a welfare organization, (Registration Number WO22/80). DAPP Zimbabwe maintains a stance where it aims to unite with the people and strengthen household and community capacity to improve their lives. It all started with the re-integration and re-construction services in the early 1980s. During that time, DAPP Zimbabwe focused on the construction and re-habilitation of social services' structures such as schools, clinics, bridges and public offices in support of the local councils and the Zimbabwean Government.
DAPP Zimbabwe responded to the emerging needs of post independent Zimbabwe by designing projects that are focused on the following thematic areas: A)Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development B) Child Aid & Community Development, C) HIV and AIDS and D)Schools/Education. Under these four thematic areas a variety of models for development projects have been designed. DAPP currently implements 14 projects which complement the Government of Zimbabwe's efforts towards improved welfare for the people of Zimbabwe. For example: the Farmers' Clubs projects aim to improve agriculture production and food security; Child Aid projects aim to foster improved care for children and young ones so that they have an equal chance to participate in the national effort for the future; the Hope projects bring people together to fight the consequences of HIV through education, offering HIV Counselling and Testing thereby bringing together people interested in fighting the
effects of HIV (Hope Activists) and ensuring complimentary work with other entities such as the schools, which ensure enhanced skills for production for children, adolescents and youth through hands-on approaches.
In its efforts, DAPP Zimbabwe partners with various government and non-government agencies at different levels to ensure that community life improves socially and economically. Inter-linkages are promoted at regional, national and local levels through look and learn visits and the provision and reception of complimentary services from other institutions working in line with DAPP Zimbabwe's activities in the respective areas.
At a broader scale, DAPP Zimbabwe
continues to link local communities to other
members of the Humana People to People
Movement, of which DAPP Zimbabwe is a
founding member organisation. Other
members also spread across the globe,
visited, participated and filmed some of the
activities to be shared as part of the global
village initiative in 2013. Cyber links helped
maintain links with the world through sharing
experiences with other projects in other parts
of the world. Moreover, DAPP contributes with
its more than 33 years of experience in rural
development projects to new projects in other
Humana People to People country Associates.
As such, in 2013, DAPP Zimbabwe provided a
secondment opportunity to some of its
experienced and qualified staff who have
t h e n g o n e o n t o s t r e n g t h e n t h e
implementation and share their experience in
projects in South Africa, Guinea Bissau,
Angola, Mozambique and DRC.
Message from the Chairperson
Dear friends and colleagues, staff and partners, people in the projects
DAPP Zimbabwe expresses heartfelt gratitude to our partners and volunteers, employees and all people in the projects, for their energy and effort which made 2013 a year associated with remarkable success and a year that helped the organization to set new developmental milestones.
Taking stock of the 33 years of development oriented implementation; DAPP Zimbabwe can safely note that there is still enormous work to be done to improve different communities. This is so because of the different forms of economic and global developments that have widened the gap between the haves and the have not and consequently the Poor are marginalized from the rest. Seasonal shifts are affecting the agriculture dependent communities giving rise to a number of social and economic ills.
DAPP Zimbabwe takes it upon itself to assist communities to come together and fight the ills that involuntarily affect them as a result of these inevitable consequences. DAPP Zimbabwe assists through organizing the people around four main thematic areas: i)Education, ii)Health with special emphasis on HIV and AIDS iii)Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development and iv) Community Development through Child Aid projects.
In 2013, DAPP Zimbabwe maintained its work with communities participating in 14 development projects that operated in 4 provinces of the country namely Masvingo, Manicaland, Harare and Mashonaland Central. Of the 14 projects, 4 Farmers' Clubs Projects working with a total 4387 farmers
organized in 100 clubs started operations in new communities namely Makoni and Mutasa districts in Manicaland, Shamva & Bindura districts in Mashonaland Central and Gutu District in Masvingo province.
DAPP Zimbabwe expanded its network and will introduce a new Child Aid Concept in Mutasa and Gutu Districts through partnership with ZimAhead and USAID which will have great emphasis on Health and Hygiene and District Development at the same time moving the other 8 lines through synergies with Farmers' Clubs Mutasa and Masvingo.
Ib HansenDAPP Zimbabwe Chairperson
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DAPP Zimbabwe Mission
The Mission of DAPP Zimbabwe is to implement quality community-led projects in order to empower the people with knowledge, skills and tools to improve their well-being in five sectors: Community Development, Agriculture, Edu cation, Health and Emergencies.
Where DAPP Worked in 2013
Provincial and country boundary
Harare Provincial Name
Schools (Frontline, PVJS, PVTC)
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Manicaland Masvingo Harare
lChild Aid Bindura Shamva
lFarmers' Clubs Bindura/Shamva
lChild Aid Rushinga
lFarmers' Clubs Makoni
lChild Aid Mwenezi
Mabvuku/ Tafara District
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Agriculture, Food Security and Rural DevelopmentThe Zimbabwe Industrial Development Policy
2011-15, (sub-section 6.5) states that agro-
industries continue to dominate the country's
manufacturing industry, both in terms of
output and employment. Agro industries
account for approximately 60% of the
manufacturing industry in Zimbabwe and 30%
of formal employment in the country. Agro-
industry is highly dependent on locally
produced raw materials which require
strengthening commercial production at a
small and large scale. Achieving food security
amongst small-scale producers is a prior step
for this; it is necessary for the wellbeing of their
families and for safeguarding their right to
food. Food security also enables productive
members of the households to produce
Focusing on improving the lives of the farmers' through Farmers Clubs'
A farmer who has been empowered through working with DAPP Zimbabwe Farmers' Clubs Shamva shows maize surplus (food), cotton (cash crop) and a healthy herd of cattle in the pen.
Since independence, agriculture remains the backbone of Zimbabwe's economy as the majority of its population lives in the rural communities and are highly dependent on agr icu l tu re-based l i ve l ihoods. Poor performance in the agriculture sector is due to a wide range of reasons which include: lack of knowledge, expertise, technology, poor rainfall distribution and prohibitive cost of inputs. Based on this, DAPP Zimbabwe has mainstreamed agriculture and food security components in all its community development projects which include Child Aid, Hope and the Schools. The 5 major projects that focus on agriculture are 4 Farmers' Clubs namely: Farmers Clubs Mutasa and Farmers' Clubs Makoni in Manicaland, Farmers' Clubs Gutu in Masvingo and Farmers' Clubs Bindura/ Shamva in Mashonaland Central and Park Estate also in Mashonaland Central.
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In January 2013, Farmers' Clubs Zimbabwe established 4 Farmers' Clubs projects in Shamva/Bindura, Mutasa, Makoni and Gutu districts of Zimbabwe. The Farmers' Clubs projects assumed their names from the areas of operation thus they are Farmers' Clubs Bindura/Shamva, Farmers' Clubs Mutasa, Farmers' Club Makoni and Farmers' Clubs Masvingo (which is in Gutu District). These were established in the new communities based on 14 years of DAPP Zimbabwe's experience with Farmers' Clubs which has indicated that communal farmers do well if organized in small groups of up to 50 farmers who have committees that help them to organize their activities. The idea of Farmers' Clubs is to help organize small scale farmers to join forces and resources so that they can further their agricultural production through sustainable farming methods which enable them to improve their living standards.
Farmers' Clubs Concept
2013 Activities and Results
Crop ProductionThe 4237 farmers who were organized in 100 clubs were trained on proper agronomy practices to care for the food and cash crops that were already in the fields at the time that Farmers' Clubs were established. The crops include maize, soya beans, sunflower, groundnuts and mbambara nuts for food crops and tobacco and cotton for cash crops. Training was conducted within clubs where the farmers gained skills in proper harvesting, storage, marketing and making a family budget for the crops harvested.
Garden FarmingFarmers in their clubs were assisted to establish 88 group gardens where they were trained on garden crop diversity and on suitable production techniques. By the end of the year, each garden had at least seven crop varieties per given period giving a substantial amount of fresh vegetable for family consumption. Excess produce was sold as fresh vegetable and dried produce in nearby markets. Low cost solutions and low technological farming were introduced within clubs in order to trigger the process of economic development. As such 39 rope and washer pumps were installed in 39 group gardens.
Land Preparation and plantingBetween October and December 2014, Project leaders made use of 43 model fields that were established by the clubs to inculcate conservation farming skills in farmers registered with Farmers' Clubs. 2586 farmers employed conservation farming on land size ranging from 0.1ha 0.4ha expecting to yield 4-5 tons per hectare at the end of the season in 2014.
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Farmers from Makoni showing produce from their group garden
Environment, Health and HygieneFarmers in the different districts established 50 tree nurseries which raised a total of 330 000 indigenous and exotic trees. 165 000 seedlings were planted in December 2013 complimenting the DAPP National target encourage communities to plant 1 million trees nationwide.
4237 communal farmers were assisted to organize themselves in 100 clubs in the Farmers' Clubs Zimbabwe program
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Highlights: Improving the health of the farmers and the environment
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From the People
Farmer (left and project leader (right) from Shamva show low cost water harnessing technologies for household vegetable gardens
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Following the end of Farmers' Clubs Mazowe project in December 2012, an external evaluation of the impact of the project in Mazowe was conducted by an independent consultant. The following highlights are from the evaluation report:
EVALUATION OF FARMERS' CLUBS MAZOWE PROJECTThe project was entitled 'Food Security and Sustainable Farming Systems in Mazowe District, Zimbabwe'. Below are excerpts from the end of project evaluation report made in February 2013 by Development Research Consultants from AGRITEX, Zimbabwe. DAPP Zimbabwe with funding and technical support from Project Advice and Training Centre (PATC) and UFF Denmark implemented the three year program from 2009-2012. The project targeted and successfully worked directly with 500 small holder farmers from wards 3 (Bare) and 5 (Mukodzongi) of Mazowe District and indirectly with 8000 farmers from another 8 wards.
PROJECT AIM: To empower small scale farmers in Zimbabwe to improve livelihoods and break out of poverty by using agricultural potential available and strengthening their organization.
OBJECTIVES: 1. To increase food security and sustainable farming systems among farmers participating in
the project2. To create viable structures in the project area in which to be organized and to articulate their
own interests3. To spread improved agriculture techniques to a wider range of farmers through the
extension services under the Ministry of Agriculture
CONCLUSIONS: Farmers communicated through graphic presentation of change. The following diagrams drawn by farmers from Matunhunhu Farmers' Club showing the 'then (2009) and now (December 2012)'diagrams drawn during the evaluation process:
Farmers' Clubs in Mazowe indicated through the diagrams that they had improved facilities at household level during the three years through working with Farmers' Clubs e.g. from a seasonal open well to a protected deep well that perennially sustains garden and home use, from a pole and daga to a brick and mortar kitchen, from a small garden to a big household garden, no latrine to blair latrine and tip tap, no rubbish pit in 2009 but they had one in 2012.
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The major strengths of Farmers' Clubs are in its social approach of team building, formation of clubs which can be a basis for any intervention by stakeholders Mwenye and Chikumbirike (External Evaluators 2013)
An exit strategy was well laid down through cooperation with stakeholders such as AGRITEX and ZFU who are well represented at Ward a...