Our Objectives

We aim to facilitate sustainable community development through empowerment strategies such as capacity building, training, direct aid and the support to community based income generating and development projects.

We also aim to provide humanitarian assistance to mobile and vulnerable populations in the emergency phase.

ZCDA under ZCDT started implementing WASH programs in 2005 and the cholera epidemic of 2008/2009 in Zimbabwe prompted ZCDA to respond by enhancing water and sanitation coverage in urban and rural areas through latrine construction for households, schools, clinic`s and rehabilitation of water points.
Zimbabwe has been experiencing effects of climate change and in order to circumvent these effects in terms of food security, ZCDA trained farmers in Gutu and Bhuhera in CF. CF has for a long time been considered a popular concept for resource-saving in agricultural cropping production systems. CF strives to achieve acceptable profits, high and sustained production levels while at the same time helping to conserve the environment. The benefits of CF is increased yields even if times of drought.
ZCDA has for the past six years distributed agricultural inputs to an estimated 7000 households in Kwekwe, Harare, Gutu, Makonde, Bhuhera, Thsolotsho, Kamativi, Umzingwane and Bulawayo. Inputs distributed were Fertilizers (AN and Basil), Maize seeds and small grains. Agricultural inputs were distributed through direct distribution, closed paper vouchers and open paper vouchers.
ZCDA has assisted over a 1000 households in Gutu, Bhuhera and Harare in establishing Community Gardens. The Community Garden approach was taken since ZCDA was working with MVP communities who had no access to land and also due to the fact that gardens had to be near perennial water sources. ZCDA provided garden inputs such as seeds and the households used organic fertilizers such as compost and animal manure. Chemicals were not provided as the communities were trained and encouraged in using practices such as intercropping for pest repellents and crop rotation for soil management. The use of organic fertilizers and use of natural pest control was for sustainability of the community gardens. The achievement of the community gardens is that they are now self sustaining as they are buying their own seeds. The only major challenge for the gardens is the inability to access markets for the sale of their surplus produce. Market committees have been set up and members of community gardens have been trained in Internal savings and Lending (ISALs) to raise income so as to take their produce to the market.
ZCDA has assisted over 30 000 MVPs in Harare, Makonde, Kwekwe, Buhera, Marange, Gutu, Tsholotsho, Umguza, Umzingwane, Hwange and Kamativi districts. ZCDA started assisting MVPs with shelter, food, non food items as well as drilling of boreholes and wells so as to provide safe and clean water in the new settlements in which the MVP`s now live in. Chronically ill members of the MVP community also received supplementary food packages to address their nutritional challenges. ZCDA implemented a livelihood programme in order to boost their income.
Unconditional Cash Transfers: ZCDA introduced cash transfers as an alternative to food aid as cash is flexible and can be used to access various basic services. The unconditional cash transfers target chronically poor households in peri urban settlements with monthly cash payments under the PRP programme where each household receives USD20.00. Monitoring of this programme has however indicated that although the amount of the cash disbursements is small, 55% of the households were reinvesting the money in community micro finance schemes and were able to boost their income generating activities (IGAs). Beneficiaries of the cash transfer programme have been able to accumulate household assets as well as productive assets to boost their IGAs.

A look at our work

Rural WASH

Provision of sanitation facilities like household toilets hand washing units or bathrooms have been a great challenge for rural households as members of the community had no viable IGAs that would see them construct the sanitation facilities. In order to address this challenge ZCDA piloted a new programme on microfinance for sanitation in which households engage in Internal Savings and Lending (ISAL) methodology with the objective of raising income to construct sanitation facilities.

Access to safe water

In order to respond to the devastating cholera epidemic of 2008/2009 in Zimbabwe, ZCDA installed Elephant Pumps (EPs) in Gutu ward 13, with Pump Aid being our technical partner, as well as rehabilitation of boreholes in five wards of Gutu East with the District Development Fund providing technical assistance. The PHHE programme in ward 13 created a high demand for safe drinking water putting a strain on the original elephant pumps and this prompted ZCDA to intervene with a borehole rehabilitation programme.

Conservation Farming

Zimbabwe has been experiencing effects of climate change and in order to circumvent these effects in terms of food security, ZCDA trained farmers in Gutu and Bhuhera in CF. CF has for a long time been considered a popular concept for resource-saving in agricultural cropping production systems. CF strives to achieve acceptable profits, high and sustained production levels while at the same time helping to conserve the environment. The benefits of CF is increased yields even if times of drought.

Rehabilitation of Public Toilets and Sewer Upgrading

In Mupandawana, we rehabilitated 5 latrines in public places. We also installed a 5000 liter tank at the bus terminus to provide water to the toilets when ZINWA is unable to

Small Livestock

The objective of the programme is to provide alternative income sources for the chronically ill, elderly and child headed households of Gutu and Kwekwe, who are labour constrained to engage in income generating activities or casual work.

Internal Savings and Lending

In order to stimulate investment of cash transfer money into IGAs ZCDA trains communities in ISALs. The ultimate objective of the programme is enhance self reliance of MVPs through improving their food security, sending their children to school as well as helping building their asset base. Households in Harare, Kwekwe and Gutu were thus trained in ISALs and SPM.

Community Health Clubs and School Health Clubs

Zimbabwe experienced a devastating cholera outbreak in 2008/2009 which resulted in over 4000 deaths. Gutu district was not spared by this pandemic. One of the causes of the disease was poor hygiene practices, including rampant open defecation. ZCDA intervened by training communities in PHHE.