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“Now we are a very healthy family”

June 12th, 2018|

Mrs. Matanda is a widow who has devoted herself to caring for her three orphaned grandchildren. Frequent illnesses made life very difficult. "Bopoma came to us at a time when we were in a desperate state."

Rocket Stoves Take Off in Zaka!

November 29th, 2017|

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 [...]

Climate-Smart Strategy Multiplies Crop Yields

November 23rd, 2017|

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 [...]

A Venture Capitalist’s Perspective

November 3rd, 2017|

"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’s New Garden

May 23rd, 2017|

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 [...]

New Partnership with One Day’s Wages

May 4th, 2017|

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 [...]

Mercy Goes Back to School

April 25th, 2017|

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 [...]

Simbarashe’s Success

April 21st, 2017|

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, [...]

Tonderai’s Tippy Tap

April 1st, 2017|

“Our lives will never be the same again,” says Tonderai. “Because we did not know the causes of the health problems we were having, we were always repeating the same behaviour that was making us [...]

The Power of Health

February 24th, 2017|

“Thank you for rescuing my family” says Mrs. Mafobo, a widowed mother of eight children and grandmother of fifteen. “My life and my whole family were in a dangerous situation but now we are safe. [...]

Our Response to the Drought

December 12th, 2016|

In the midst of the worst drought in decades, Zimbabweans are facing severe food shortages and wide-spread hunger. Biointensive farming methods are designed to make the best use of minimal water resources. Read our latest [...]

Drip Irrigation

December 5th, 2016|

We recently heard from a woman in Zaka named Dorcus Zinyongo, who developed an innovative way to use drip irrigation in her keyhole garden.  Here is an abridged version of her story: “I live in [...]

Five Ways We Help Keep Girls in School

November 4th, 2016|

Educating girls is vital to raising families (and countries) out of poverty. However, girls face many barriers to attending and completing school such as societal traditions of educating only boys, no money for school [...]

Rocket Stoves take off in Zaka!

September 3rd, 2016|

Salome Chakomoka smiles as she prepares dinner for her family. A mother of three young children, Salome has a lot to smile about as she proudly prepares a meal on her new outdoor rocket stove. [...]

Gardening Her Way into the Future

July 25th, 2016|

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 [...]

The Joy of Pot Racks

June 27th, 2016|

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 pot rack built with the help [...]

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“Now we are a very healthy family”

June 12th, 2018|

Mrs. Matanda is a widow who has devoted herself to caring for her three orphaned grandchildren. Frequent illnesses made life very difficult. "Bopoma came to us at a time when we were in a desperate state."

Rocket Stoves Take Off in Zaka!

November 29th, 2017|

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 [...]

Climate-Smart Strategy Multiplies Crop Yields

November 23rd, 2017|

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 [...]

A Venture Capitalist’s Perspective

November 3rd, 2017|

"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."

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