Capacity is the ability of individuals and communities to meet their needs, solve their problems and achieve their goals. Giving aid can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of poverty, but building capacity equips people to address the causes and find long-lasting solutions.
Building capacity requires time, commitment, and solutions to a range of problems – contaminated water, malnutrition, poor health, lack of education, unemployment, and hopelessness. Feeding a hungry child is good, but how much better to equip a family to grow its own nutritious food, prevent illness with clean water and good hygiene, and send their children to school?
Here are some of the ways Bopoma Villages is building capacity in Zaka, Zimbabwe: