An anecdote from voices of the Jabulani Community on the partnership with Children in the Wilderness in Zimbabwe, working on a new community garden.
We heard them when then they spoke to us during community meetings, saying that we can work together to ease our plight. But we whispered amongst ourselves, “Our folk love to drink and laze around, the soil does not produce, it’s all a waste of time”.
Meanwhile, they had faith in us; they did not give up. It got us thinking: maybe, just maybe. Our children were doing it with their eco-gardens at the school, we ought to try too.
First off, a fence was needed to secure our community garden. One Saturday morning, all those interested gathered together. We were so pleased to see so many turn out, even many men of the community! In just a few hours, working like ants and wearing our masks, the garden fence was erected around the area demarcated for the community garden; the borehole at the centre.
We became eager to learn about organic gardening, and CITW brought in their field officer who worked with us. We had a life-changing week making worm beds and fertility trenches. A total of 48 worm beds and 210 fertility trenches are now ready. We are watering them every day and getting ready for planting. There is a unique vibe in the village. The old and young are excited and hopeful. We want to achieve as a community, and are already applying skills we have learned in our home gardens too.
Children in the Wilderness, we thank you. For your perseverance and believing in us. You have taught us to believe in ourselves and work together. Our community rises.
Written by Shuvanayi Taruvinga – CITW Zambezi Administrative Assistant