Thank You, Rochester!
The Manyundo Co-op workshop in Vingirai Village included 70 people from 32 families. Leonard, a preacher, and Mercy Shawarira organized the workshop in order to improve household food security through simple, practical, affordable, and sustainable farming techniques. During the workshop, the villagers learned practical skills that will sustain them for years to come. In addition to the workshop Vingirai was provided with materials for a new fence around the garden, and a water well.
Because there have been several community garden workshops conducted in the area, a spirit of competitiveness has been cultivated. This motivated the community and led to a garden that will feed families for life. With agriculture education, this community is truly winning!
The Difference It Made!
“This place has been neglected because of the poor road network," said Extension Officer Shawarira. "I thank Healing Hands for the sacrifice of coming to this area. As you can see, the people are happy because your coming is beyond their expectation!”
“We are just proud to have these workshops in our area," said Extension Officer Virginia Nyoni. "We are always busy and in contact with our farmers. We are making our own routine follow-ups. We have many activities to report to our superiors. In short, let me say to HHI that you have made our work both busy and fruitful.”
The village head, Savias Maziva, encouraged the co-operative garden and the whole community not to waste time or this new knowledge, but to put everything into action. “We want to make our own history," Maziva said. "We want to reach our own level in terms of progress and productivity. I encourage you to work hard. Be united. From today, let us move forward with a new attitude.”
“I have not made visits to all the garden workshops you conducted, but I have visited a few," said Ward 17 Councilor, Edson Manyawi." The reports I am getting are enough to make me believe that our lost 'bread basket status' as a ward is returning. I feel proud as a councilor to have partners like Healing Hands and our agriculture extension officers for the betterment of our communities.”