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Patricia is very proud to show us her newly constructed kitchen garden.

Gardening Her Way into the Future

Patricia is very proud to show us her newly constructed kitchen garden. Patricia is an orphan who, like many others in her village, was taken in by a relative after the death of her parents. The family members struggle to meet even their basic needs. Every week Patricia travels close to 12 km by bus …

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Mrs Jani

The Joy of Dish Drying Racks

Mrs. Jani (above left) used to dry her utensils on a stone, but they were exposed to dogs and domestic animals. She’s now happy to have a new dish drying rack built with the help of friends and community members. With help from other community members, Mrs. Jani is now the proud owner of a …

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Mitchell Todyana

Children With Identity

Mitchell is a happy girl today because she finally has a birth certificate. She now has an official identity, knows who her relatives are and is able to register for school, apply for a national identity card, a passport and other government benefits. A birth certificate costs $25 in Zimbabwe, a sum out of reach …

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Opollinah Keyhole Garden

Woman’s Garden Supports Child in University

Even in June, the middle of Zimbabwe’s winter, Opollinah Nhongo’s keyhole garden has healthy tomatoes, onions, and kale. By contrast, many other gardens in the area lie fallow when the weather gets cold. Opollinah is grateful for the farming and nutrition workshops hosted by Bopoma Villages in her village. “I have learned how important greens …

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Video: New Boreholes in Zaka

Thanks to the generosity of our donors Bopoma Villages has drilled new boreholes for 5 villages in Zaka! Watch our new video about how these ongoing sources of water will be life-changing for these communities.
Borehole Spouting Water

For Better or Worse…Water Changes Everything

Zimbabwe is suffering through the worst drought in more than 35 years. This year has been hot and dry with virtually no rainfall from December to February, normally the wettest months. The crop yields are very poor, and as most rural Zimbabweans are subsistence farmers and only eat what they can grow, hunger and malnutrition …

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Fly Trap

Remarkable Recycling in Zimbabwe

What do a fly trap and a tippy tap have in common? They are both made from empty plastic containers and both help save lives in poor remote villages in Zimbabwe. Simple homemade devices like fly traps and tippy taps are easy to construct using low or no-cost locally available materials. These simple implements protect …

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Willard in his new wheelchair

A Custom Wheelchair for Willard

In February 2016, Access Abilities donated a custom-fitted wheelchair to Bopoma Villages for Willard, a young man with cerebral palsy, who lives in a thatched hut with his mother and two brothers in a remote village in rural Zimbabwe. “We are so grateful to be able to help you help Willard” says co-owner Kirstin Courtney. …

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Charles Manzuma

Charles Manzuma

As part of our Healthy Homes program, Charles Manzuma and his family are no longer ill with water-borne diseases because a BioSand Filter, Tippy Tap, safe water storage container have been installed in his house. Healthy adults can work and care for their families, and healthy children can grow and learn!
Eugenia

Eugenia

Eugenia loves to show her Healthy Home - six no-cost interventions that dramatically contribute to healthy living.
Chimedza Volunteers

We Love Our Volunteer Gardeners

We are always inspired by the generosity of the villages we work in! The Chimedza community garden volunteers are constantly working hard to grow nutritious food not only for their own families, but also to share with young children and elders who are not able to farm for themselves.
Youth Against AIDS Club

Youth Mentoring + Vocational Training

Unemployment rates over 80% in rural areas have a harsh impact on orphaned and vulnerable youth. Options for improving their circumstances, such as pursuing job training or higher education, are few and virtually inaccessible to them. Girls have even fewer options than boys, pressuring many into early marriages in an attempt to secure some means …

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