NEWSSEED FAIR TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS2014-07-10
The lives of 45 extended families in an HIV/AIDS-affected community have been transformed thanks to our latest market gardening project. Given an average of eight people per family, that means 360 people have directly benefited from this project. The increased family incomes have enabled participants to pay for healthcare, improved accommodation and children's school fees, resulting in significantly improved quality of life across the local community. (continues)INTERVIEW WITH NYASHA2014-05-06
It has been a big year for our Community Development Worker Nyasha Migioni. To begin with, she received confirmation that she had passed her Human & Social Studies degree from the University of South Africa with flying colours! Then, in February, she was blessed with a baby boy, Zachary, meaning 'Remembered of the Lord'. (continues)KEEP HARARE TIDY!2014-04-07
Last week SEED partnered with other local NGOs and the City of Harare to carry out a massive clean up campaign in Harare's Greendale suburb, where we have previously organised skills training. Over 450 volunteers were involved, including 25 brought in by SEED.
Rubbish had been accumulating for years around the Kamfinsa Shopping Centre - everything from bottles and cans to old car wrecks. (continues)FLOOD RELIEF: REBUILDING LIVES2014-02-19
While farmers and small businesses in areas hit by the recent flooding in Britain can access a package of government support worth up to £10million, not everyone has such generous help to fall back on.
Zimbabwe has also been hit by heavy downpours, resulting in massive destruction across the country. (continues)WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?2014-01-07
"The trouble with much overseas aid is that it meets the needs of today with no thought to those of tomorrow."
Sadly, this observation contains all too much truth and is often made by those who know best, those who are most closely involved in such work. In the words of SEED's Senior Community Development Worker, Robert Kazunga, "Too many people have developed dependency syndrome and therefore think that NGOs should give them everything for free. (continues)SEED MUKANDO MICRO-SAVINGS SCHEME2013-11-14
Long-time supporters may recall that SEED has previously made interest-free micro-finance loans to groups that have completed our skills development courses, helping them to launch their own businesses.
At our recent horticultural show, we brought in micro-business consultants to inform the small-holders in Murehwa about a savings and lending initiative known as Mukando, or "giving to each other". (continues)LINKING FARMERS TO MARKETS2013-10-01
"It was quite an eye opener for all of us, especially the farmers!"
SEED's Horticultural Day in Murehwa at the end of September was a real success. Over 250 came to hear about the work of SEED and everyone got an opportunity to go for a field tour.
Market representatives explained the quality they expected from farmers and their crops. (continues)LEARNING HOW TO AVERT AN ONGOING CRISIS2013-09-12
The World Food Programme has warned that food security in Zimbabwe is at its lowest point for four years. A quarter of the rural population '2.2 million people' will need food assistance in 2014.
This makes projects such as SEED's Murehwa market gardening project all the more significant. (continues)
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