Hard work and perseverance lead to success. Since the establishment of the worm beds and fertility trenches in the Jabulani community garden a few weeks ago, much has been happening.
A variety of vegetable seeds were brought from the community to the nursery at the Victoria Falls Hotel for germination. The team there was enthusiastic and very helpful, and after three weeks, 15 trays of seedlings were taken back to Jabulani to be planted. After a further three weeks, another 18 trays of seedlings were taken and planted, adding much-needed greenery to the garden, to delight of the community members.
Another improvement to the community garden in the past week has been the addition of four more taps from the garden’s borehole. Sharing one tap up to now has meant that much time was spent waiting in the queue to fill a bucket of water, only to re-join it a few minutes later. The taps will improve the efficiency five-fold, meaning that more time can be spent on other crucial gardening tasks.
Finally, a hugely exciting project has also just been completed: the community meeting hall. Constructed with thanks to Wilderness Safaris’ Sustainability Fund, the meeting hall will provide a place for income-generating groups to gather and work on their projects, sheltered from the hot sun. Furthermore, as village visits take place in Jabulani, having a dedicated space for the income-generating groups to display and sell their products will create an anchor for the marketplace once tourism resumes.
A common purpose has brought the people of Jabulani together, and we look forward to providing continuous updates on this motivated community and all they are achieving.
Written by Shuvanayi Taruvinga and Sarah Adams