Gogo Magavhu is a widow who faces overwhelming challenges caring for her own family as well as her 3-year-old granddaughter.
Most women in rural Zimbabwe cook indoors over an open fire—with dangerous consequences. Smoke from open fires causes serious heart and lung diseases as well as chronic eye conditions and even blindness. It’s been estimated that open fires produce as much as 400 cigarettes worth of smoke an hour! Open fires also expose women and [...]
Small-scale farmers in rural Zimbabwe rely on rainwater but inadequate rains in recent years have devastated agriculture, causing widespread food shortages. What little rain falls, quickly evaporates or runs off the dry compacted earth, barely penetrating the dusty soil. Bopoma Villages teaches farmers how to retain rainwater in their soil and store runoff. Communities across [...]
"I often feel that the non-profit industry does not manage its money well. Sometimes only a few cents of every dollar actually leads to measurable impact. But for me, Bopoma Villages is a grand exception."
Tara* smiles as she proudly shows us the bundle of kale she grew in her keyhole garden. "We used to have trouble finding vegetables to eat. I have 4 orphans under my care and as long as we keep working in this small garden, it will provide the nutrition we need. I have no [...]
Extreme poverty is dangerous and deadly. It attacks families and communities on many fronts simultaneously, plunging them into the downward cycle of malnutrition, disease, inability to work, and hopelessness. To create lasting change, solutions to poverty must address the multiple root causes. Bopoma Villages is excited to be partnering with One Day’s Wages to [...]
Elizabeth* is the sole parent of 3 young children. As a subsistence farmer, she works long hours in her garden every day to grow food for her family and some to sell at the side of the road to earn a small income. She is proud to tell us that all of her children are [...]
Rather than face the embarrassment of showing up for school without proper clothing or a notebook in which to write, for months, Mercy* pretended to go to school, but instead spent her day hiding in the mountains. Mercy’s grandmother was doing her best to care for Mercy, but lacked the resources to provide for [...]
It is the hope of every orphaned child we meet to be part of a family and a community and to attend school just like the other children in their village. However, in rural Zimbabwe, orphaned children face overwhelming barriers that often keep them from realizing these hopes. After the tragic loss of both of [...]