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Sustainable Farming at School

“Give a child some bread; feed them for one day. Teach a child to farm; feed them for life”. The project will teach orphans and vulnerable children in rural Zimbabwe sustainable ways to grow their own food at school. It will improve nutrition, health, school attendance and empower the community.

January 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: Creating Better Futures (CBF)

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  • Need


    Hunger adversely affect school attendance, concentration and classroom participation. 92% of the children we support are undernourished. They walk long distances on empty stomachs to get to school. We have had incidents of children fainting at school due to hunger and dehydration. They live in remote villages with ailing grandparents who cannot farm the land. Most of their guardians do not have the skills, reliable water source and resources to farm the land sustainably.


    Creating Better Futures will partner with Foundations for Farming to embark on their Schools Farming Program. Our volunteers in Zimbabwe will attend a 3 day training course on sustainable farming and teach the methods to the children. We will provide a reliable water source for the school, seeds, fertilizers and tools needed. We will have conservation and nutrition gardens. We will allocate specific plots for them and have a rota system so that every student participates in food production.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the diet and nutrition of orphans and vulnerable children.


    » Provide a good variety of vegetables for a balanced diet.

    What success will look like

    The charity Christian Medical Group will carry out termly health assessments of the children before and after the program has been implemented.

    Aim 2

    Improve school attendance and performance.


    » Provide the program at school, meals at school and integrate farming with their curriculum.

    What success will look like

    Compare school reports and records of attendance.

    Aim 3

    To give the children life skills in farming.


    » Teach them sustainable skills of food production.

    What success will look like

    Children will be encouraged to teach skills to their home communities.

    Aim 4

    To improve the community.


    » Work with their guardians to adopt sustainable farming at home.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor improvements in the school and wider community.

  • Impact


    The project will reverse the adverse effects of hunger and malnutrition on education. It will inspire the children to participate and give them life skills.
    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring their health, school performance and attendance. Success will be a 10% increase in school performance, attendance and health assessments. We will continue to work closely with local rural schools to track the progress of the students.
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    The weather could affect crop production. We will manage this risk by growing hardy varieties of crops that can withstand harsh weather conditions.


    Funders of this Sustainable Farming Project will receive a monthly newsletter via email. This will contain progress reports, developments, changes, events and activities of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,370

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,500 Borehole To provide reliable water for irrigation
      £1,000 Fencing materials To protect the area
      £500 Garden Tools To farm the land
      £500 Seeds and Seedlings To grow a variety of vegetables
      £700 Fertilizers & Insecticides Basal and Top Dressing, To prevent crop diseases
      £1,170 Project Management Training, Monitoring, evaluation, assessments
  • Background


    Cheza Primary School, 45 km north of Harare


    Orphans and vulnerable children, school and their community

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We already work in the area and have good long term relationships with the local schools. We have a dedicated team of volunteers that will implement, monitor and evaluate the project. We were referred to the school by The Social Welfare Office of Harare and have strong links to local authorities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dorothy Dix

    Operations Director