Zvishavane is a mining town surrounded by low hills in Midlands Province, Zimbabwe. Oak Zimbabwe Foundation supports the Bethany Project which works to improve the wellbeing of the people, mostly in the rural parts of this region.
Projects include working with the communities and providing for school children in Zvishavane, in terms of paying for school fees and supplying exercise books. The Project has a focus on children living with HIV, as there is a wide prevalence of the disease in this area. The Project also works to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention in the Province.
As in other places in Africa, whole communities have been ravaged by the effects of this disease, with many orphaned children having to be brought up by their grandparents. The Bethany Project has helped organise support groups for children and the elderly with the assistance of the Zimbabwe Network for people living with HIV.
The Project also organises the joint ownership of livestock within the communities, where caregivers take turns looking after the animals and everyone enjoys the benefits of fresh milk and eggs. In 2014 more than 200 people looked after goats, chickens and pigs. The Project also supervises 140 people in tending vegetable plots.
The Bethany Project The Zvishavane Council has pledged to donate a piece of land to the Bethany Project, which would like to use the land to establish a small dairy farm. This would provide milk for the orphaned children in the area and generate revenue – any additional milk can be sold. This project is an example of one of several grants all around the country. Oak Zimbabwe Foundation supports Projects which work to help the most vulnerable and marginalised people.
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Source: Oak Foundation Annual Report
Year of publication: 2014