Dako Community Garden in Victoria Falls is looking greener and greener every day, as community volunteers have been tasked with making sure the vegetable beds are kept well watered. Although it is currently winter in Zimbabwe and the mornings and evenings can be very cold, there is still plenty of sun around during the day, so keeping the garden hydrated is an essential job. Crops are thriving and the garden members are grateful for this on-going assistance with their work.
This is what Paul, one of the volunteers, had to say about working in the garden: ‘I really enjoyed working at the garden, doing a great and amazing job. It's a good work-out to carry and pump water, but l absolutely loved to help the community with the garden. It is fascinating to see how people live in this community.’
Dako Garden is located in the Monde rural community where unemployment is high, as is the impact of HIV/AIDS on households. Along with the Chinotimba and Ntabengwe gardens, this allotment allows project members to grow a variety of vegetables for personal consumption, whilst the excess is sold to shops and local people to generate revenue for these impoverished communities. ALERT, through the ALERT Communities Trust (ACT), along with our partner Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, provide equipment to work the land, as well as seeds to grow and manpower to assist with the workload.
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