Dako Garden is located in the Monde rural community in Zimbabwe where unemployment is high, as is the impact of HIV/AIDS on households. As one of three community gardens established in Victoria Falls, this garden provides a healthy diet for vulnerable local residents, as well as much-needed income through the sale of excess produce. ALERT and Lion Encounter Zimbabwe support the project through the donation of equipment and supplies and the assistance of project volunteers to help with work to look after the gardens.
Lion Encounter volunteer Selina Cutt recently visited the garden project for the first time: ‘The day started with yet another lovely home cooked breakfast, which was good as I had no idea what would be in store for the day at the gardens. We travelled to the Dako Garden Project which is in a very rural area outside of town. The garden is a source of income for a community which includes HIV/Aids sufferers and widows. The pump for the water is about 30 metres from the gardens, so we carried water from the well to the vegetable patch. Carrying the first bucket was hard enough. Plus accidentally spilling water was painful after trying to get it to the chomolia (a locally-grown vegetable), which seemed so far away! After watching the ladies carrying water on their heads, l decided that carrying the bucket on my head was a better option. That was hard work, especially in the heat. We pumped water and carried it on our heads. I don’t know how these women do this for miles for basic use; you really do take simple things such as a water supply and hosepipes for granted. You never realize how lucky you are until you try to work like others. After a few hours of hard work we travelled home. A great experience. One of a kind.’
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