Grassroots Capacity Building in Dzivarasekwa for Safeguarding Natural & Agro-Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
Grassroots Capacity Building in Dzivarasekwa for Safeguarding Natural & Agro-Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
Dzikwa Trust Fund’s mission is to empower gifted orphans and other vulnerable children through a scholarship for education and general wellbeing, complimented by sports, performing arts and environmental education, as well as reforestation and food security activities.
The annual scope is 400 OVCs.
Dzikwa Trust’s core activities include:
• Full support for basic education and funds permitting all the way to A-levels
• Support for higher education through dedicated sponsorships, apprenticeships, government-to-government scholarships
• Career guidance and mentorships
• Remedial lessons & IT-skills, including ICDL
• Girls’ empowerment activities
• Nutrition: daily hot meal from Monday to Saturday
• Health care & Birth certificates, IDs
• Ballgames & Athletics
• Performing Arts training and performance opportunities
• Environmental awareness education & Field trips
• Reforestation & Food security, including tree nursery, tree plantation, orchard, apiary, horticulture, broilers, and rabbits, as well as maize-growing

Dzikwa Trust offers regular opportunities for students on industrial attachments & for volunteering.

Dzikwa Trust has built a multi-functional Activity Centre at 3147 Rujeko St. where it also offers Community Outreach and Skills Training programmes for the township people.

highest management body is the Board of Trustees (max 6 members) in charge of strategic direction and overall oversight of the support program delivery. Board Chairperson is Mrs. Marah Hativagone; Vice Chairperson is Mr. Stephen Gwasira and members are Mr. Seppo Ainamo and Ms. Sharon Wallett.

Volunteer Programme Director is currently the Finnish founder, Mrs. Oili Wuolle. The Founder Trustee, Mr. Seppo Ainamo acts as volunteer Director for the Reforestation & Food Security activities and overseer of strategic planning, financial accounts, audits, investments, and fundraising.

The paid staff include:
Operative Administration Team consists of 6 members: Centre Coordinator & Procurement Officer; Education Liaison Officer; Assistant Education Officer & E-learning Coordinator; Higher Education Coordinator & Shelter Supervisor; Remedial Lessons & Culture Coordinator; Accountant
Centre workers – 5 cooks, 4 guards; 2 cleaners and 1 relief cleaner; 1 groundsman and 1 relief worker.
Reforestation & Food Security program employs the Team Leader and 4 other staff members.

A number of volunteers and students on attachment participate in Dzikwa Trust work.

External Auditors: Ralph Bomment Greenacre & Reynolds, Registered Public Auditors/
Dr. R. Muza
The Project Management Committee consists of 7 members:
Seppo Ainamo, Founder Trustee, Finland ID 140540-061B
Duncan Chiwala, Forestry Commission, ID:79-046210S 79
Livai Matarirano, Monitoring & Evaluation, ID 15 029075A 15
Prince Samson, Finance & Accounting, ID 63-227626H-63
Alpha Gurupira, Project Manager; ID 43-027791 M 48
Priscilla Takawira, Centre Coordinator, Procurement & Kitchen Supervision; ID 58 132933 V70
Susan Dimbi, Deputy General Manager /TRB (Kutsaga), Dr. of Science Plan Pathology, ID
Dzikwa Trust started its environmental activities already in 2008. The first steps were in collaboration with the Forestry Commission who was leasing 90 hectares of degraded land area on the outskirts of DZ. The City Council eventually cancelled its lease agreement with the Forestry Commission and was willing to deal directly with Dzikwa Trust. In March 2012, Dzikwa Trust made a 25-year lease agreement with the City of Harare for 60 hectares of the same degraded land. EMA approved Dzikwa Trust reforestation & Land Rehabilitation Project in October 2012 and nominated the Forestry Commission to be the project overseer.

The activities first comprised of a seedling nursery and tree plantation, as well as environmental awareness education for children. The nursery area was equipped with a borehole, water tanks, seedlings shade and a gazebo. Besides growing seedlings and planting trees, Dzikwa Trust established small horticulture, an orchard, and an apiary. Over time and when further funds were available, the project was enhanced with large open-air horticulture, proper drip irrigations systems, two large greenhouses and animal husbandry with broilers and rabbits. Dzikwa Trust organized targeted Agroforestry training in collaboration with Prof. Olavi Luukkanen/ Helsinki University – VITRI and Agritex for small-holder farmers active in the area in 2014-2016.

Dzikwa Trust has a formal MOU with the Bindura University of Science Education for its environmental activities. BUSE sends annually several students to industrial attachments.

Currently, Dzikwa Trust has launched a 5-hectare maize-growing joint venture with a group of peri-urban farmers for the growth season 2021-22.

f) Please indicate the organization’s prior engagement with GEF SGP (e.g. grantee, partner, etc), i.e Has the organization received a previous grant from the GEF Small Grants Programme? (Yes) (No). If Yes, complete the table below. If NO, insert N/A in the table.

Project Number Project Title & Location Total Grant received Summary of achievements Gaps to be addressed by grant being applied


g) (Please add rows to the table as required




1. Project Summary

Dzikwa Trust already manages an existing portfolio of horticulture, orchard, apiculture, nursery, reforestation, and animal husbandry activities, covering 22 hectares of previously degraded land. Dzikwa Trust wishes to scale up its reforestation and food security activities, and at the same time, further capacitate the DZ-community in sustainable ecosystems and climate-smart land cultivation. The long-term development objective of this project is to reverse the process of land and natural resource degradation, which ultimately leads to increased uncertainty, poverty and hunger for poor families. Through participation and a learning-by-doing approach, the project objective is to capacitate DZ-community in ecosystems protection and sustainable urban land use. Key results include; improved food security long-term; livelihoods diversification and income generation; reforestation; ability to use agroforestry and other sustainable land and forest management practices; creating an informed group of knowledgeable biodiversity Change Agents through capacity building; improved quality of life for Dzivarasekwa people and improved environmental conservation methods, and appreciating biodiversity as a measure of ecosystem health. The proposed nature trail will act as a training site for children, youth and women in biodiversity and sustainable land and forest management. The target site is on the outskirts of Dzivarasekwa, where the external environment affords great opportunities in scalability as regards the project outputs and the community needs, especially in terms of food security and livelihood diversification, while at the same time modeling an integrated approach to biodiversity management at local scale. The community involved is Dzivarasekwa peri-urban farmers and caregivers of DZ-orphans and other vulnerable children. The current environmental programme is supported by a competent team of six Dzikwa Trust employees.

Please refer to attached pictures of activities.

2. Project Justification and Baseline
2.1 The five biggest environmental challenges in Zimbabwe are: Lack of access to clean water; loss of biodiversity; deforestation; poor waste management & pollution and climate change.
2.2 In poor townships like Dzivarasekwa, there is a huge knowledge gap in understanding and appreciating ecosystems and biodiversity as the key measure of ecosystem health; sustainable land use and forest management in combating climate change. The project intends to provide awareness and skills training and practical work experiences in a wholesome ecosystem approach.
2.3 Currently, unsustainable peri-urban farming is a threat to the environment on the outskirts of Dzivarasekwa where Dzikwa Trust is leasing land. The project intends to reduce the negative impact.
2.4 The peri-urban farmers are not as productive as they could be, and the introduction of nitrogen fixing vegetation will replenish the soil, and in the long term improve productivity.
2.5 Caregivers of the 400 vulnerable children and other poor families have limited livelihood alternatives and the project will afford them other opportunities.
2.6 The deforestation if left unchecked will lead to destruction of the once viable forest. Efforts from the project are meant to manage this.
2.7 Continuous efforts to prevent desertification through planting 18000 trees.
2.8 Promotion of agro-ecology through installation of a fishpond.
2.9 Increasing capacity in the community by making the members innovative in alignment to vison 2030 for economic sustainability and how sustainable environmental management plays a critical role.
2.10 Reductions of use of air polluting fuels by using clean renewable energy (solar).

Problem Analysis:

State the
Problem/Issue or Challenge Knowledge gap in understanding and appreciating biodiversity, and sustainable land use and forest management.
What are the causes of the problem/issue or challenge? Direct Causes Indirect Causes
1. Lack of capacity building and education on the subjects in Dzivarasekwa
The subject matter is not fully incorporated early in the school syllabus. Lack of deliberate policy on the subject matter.
State the
Problem/Issue or Challenge Food security is a real problem in high density urban areas. The project will address food security for Dzikwa center and surrounding communities.
What are the causes of the problem/issue or challenge? Direct Causes Indirect Causes
1. Lack of capacity amongst peri-urban farmers to use land for farming productively and to add value
Unemployment & poverty
State the
Problem/Issue or Challenge Continuous deforestation
What are the causes of the problem/issue or challenge? Direct Causes Indirect Causes
1. Lack of alternative renewable energy
Lack of biodiversity awareness
Biodiversity knowledge gap
State the
Problem/Issue or Challenge Unsustainable land use in small-holder farming and poor forest management
What are the causes of the problem/issue or challenge? Direct Causes Indirect Causes
1. Lack of awareness of climate-smart agriculture and the role of trees in sustainable ecosystems
Poverty, lack of pooling resources, lack of demonstration of successful ways of land use and forest management.
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Zimbabwe Government’s policies, targets and efforts for conservation of natural resources, and for combating climate change and deforestation are articulated in:
? NDS1 2021-2025;
? National Environmental Policy - Zimbabwe and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
? 2nd National Climate Change Learning Strategy Action Plan, June 2020
? Climate Change – Gender Action Plan
? 6th National Report on the Convention on Biological Diversity, October 2020;
? Zimbabwe’s second Voluntary National Review on Sustainable Development, VRN 2021.

GEF SGP Country Programme Strategy for Operational phase 7 (220-2023) aligns with the above policies, aiming to support sustainable initiatives in 5 thematic areas: (1) Biodiversity; (2) Climate Change; (3) Chemical; (4) Land Degradation and (5) International Waters. Capacity Building at community level and Knowledge Management are the two cross-cutting elements.

This project fosters knowledge enhancement, capacity building, sustainable urban solutions, practical partnerships and participatory activities in community-based conservation and sustainable peri-urban land use. The project’s primary strategic objective is Sustainable agriculture, fisheries, and food security, and the primary focal is Biodiversity. The secondary strategic objective is Community-based conservation of ecosystems, and secondary focal areas are Land Degradation/Sustainable Land & Forest Management and Climate Change Mitigation.

The project activities are designed to deliver enhanced capacity at community level for all these areas. It will introduce and promote small-scale business enterprise development thinking for enhancing livelihoods in Dzivarasekwa.
Focus is on:
• Forest land restoration and conservation through planting of trees and enhancement of nature trail.
• Integration of gender inclusion and equality and equal access to utilization of resources through skills training and incorporating Dzivarasekwa women in the project
• Involvement of women in decision making opportunities through incorporating 60% women participation in the project
• Capacity building in ecosystems, biodiversity and sustainable land and forest management through periodic training, on-the-job experiences and field trips and boosting access to resources, information and use of resources
• Capacity building in innovative and small-scale income projects in alignment to vision 2030.
• River/ stream bank enhancement activities to build a riparian buffer.

3. Project Goal, Objectives, Activities, Outputs and Outcomes

Please describe the project framework and implementation plan by completing the table 1 below:
a) Overall Goal/Primary Objective: Proposed project should include environmental objective, along with development/livelihood objective as relevant.

The primary objective of the project is to close existing knowledge gaps and improve the livelihood of the community through sustainable biodiversity and sustainable land and forest management.

Specific objectives:
• Food security and livelihood diversification
• Avoidance of forest loss through re-forestation
• Showcasing benefits of alternative renewable energy
• Demonstrate and model sustainable biodiversity and sustainable land and forest management
• Capacity building for biodiversity change agents with practical skills
• Scalable stream bank enhancement

b) Activities: List all activities to be implemented per objective
1. Food security & Livelihood diversification 1.1 Create a new garden of vegetables and herbs covering a total of 1000 square meters
1.2 Capacity Building on smart climate market gardening.
1.3 Drip pipes and Tank installation
1.4 Create Market linkages- veggies & herbs
1.5 Product value addition- dry herbs & vegetables
1.6 Installation of Kiosk with shed for surplus sales.
1.7 Capacity building on Herbal gardening and herbal value addition
and product Certification.
1.8 Introduce Exotic and Indigenous Orchard with Mango, Avocado and Mulberry
1.9 Introduce indigenous orchard
1.10 Introduce 20 beehives
1.11 Capacity building on apiculture
1.12 Add sunflower plantation i.e., fodder for bees
1.13 Add flowering bushes
1.14 establishment of a fishpond with requisite systems for its management
2 Avoidance of forest loss through reforestation 2.1 Reforestation by planting a variety of 18,000 trees over 6.2 hectares of land

3 Demonstrate and model sustainable ecosystem through creating nature trail 3.1 Plan and create Nature Trail.
3.2 Install bird -habitat attractions (co-relation of ecosystem
3.3 Installation of signposts 60 Stands
3.4. Environmental Action Days for students and youth
3 Scalable stream bank Conservation 3.5 Banana Riparian Buffer Creation along the stream
3.6 Planting Vetiver grass and Sesbania Sesban legume shrubs to counter siltation

c) Project Outputs: Please describe measurable changes which will have occurred by the end of the project because of the planned intervention (e.g., XX hectares of community management conservation area established. XX community members is trained and improved on waste management).

• New vegetable and herb garden of 1000m2
• Training of 360 Care givers on biodiversity and sustainable land use 60% of which will be women
• Reforestation on 5 hectares for alternative renewable energy.
• Orchard on 1.5 hectares
• Training of 120 Youth and children on biodiversity and sustainable land use 60% of which will be the girl child.
• Training of 120 caregivers on herbal gardening
• Banana, grass and shrubs riparian buffer along the stream - 1 hectare
• Training of peri-urban farmers in using nitrogen-fixing trees
• Nature trail of 1,500 meters

d) Project Outcome: Please describe what will be produced as project results, in terms of changes in the institutional and behavioral capacities, changes in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, policies, livelihoods and environmental conditions.

• Income generation
• Improved quality of life for the children and the community
• Product competitiveness and diversification
• Impartation of knowledge for capacity building among community members
• Renewable source of energy
• One-stop shop for effective learning for youth and children
• Informed Change Agents on biodiversity & environmental conservation awareness

Table 1 - Results Framework: (This is the most important part of the project proposal. Please take your time and use the guidelines provided)
(Every project should
(Activities must contribute to the achievement of objectives. Sometimes it takes more than one activity to achieve an objective) INDICATORS FOR PLANNED ACTIONS OUTPUTS OUTCOME

To build Community capacity for Sustainable Biodiversity, land use and forest management for Dzivarasekwa (i) Food security and livelihood diversification

1.1 Creating a new garden of veggies and herbs
1.2 Capacity Building on smart climate
market gardening.
1.3 Drip pipes and Tank installation
1.4 Create Market linkages- veggies &
1.5 Product value addition- herbs &
1.6 Installation of Kiosk with shed for
surplus sales.
1.7 Capacity building on Herbal gardening
and herbal value addition and product
1.8 Scale up current exotic orchard
1.9 Introduce indigenous orchard
1.10 Introduce 20 bee-hives
1.11 Capacity building on bee-hives
1.14 Add sunflower plantation for bees &
stock feed.
1.15 Add flowering bushes for bees

• Low food security ……………
• …no training ………….

• …Build capacity for better livelihoods for 360 participants in Dzivaresekwa …………….. Extended garden of 1000m2

Approved Market Links

Branded dried veggies and herbs

Herbal Garden with variety of herbs

Documented training for knowledge management Income generation

Product competitiveness

Forest preservation

Informed Change Agents

Practical reference point for education and capacity building.
ii) Avoidance of forest loss through re-forestation
2.1 Plant 8.2 hectares with 18,000 trees

• …58 hectares were deforested in 1992 …………
• …………….

• Reforestation of 6.5 hectares of forests …………….
• ……………..

iii) Demonstrate and model sustainable biodiversity and sustainable land and forest management.

3.1 Planting banana trees along the riverbank through creation of riparian buffer
3.2 Create a nature Trail
3.3 Plant variety of bushes

• The stream buffer is poorly kept …………
• …………….

• To have 60 banana trees on the bank of the river …………..

• Nature Trail is non -existent

• To have Nature Trail meander over 1.5 km of land over 4 hectares

Design and implement in phases

Plant phase 1 of Buffer

iv) Capacity building for biodiversity change agents Train 360 Change Agents of which 60 % will be women.

320 Trained Change Agents Biodiversity & environmental conservation awareness
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Project Snapshot

Dzikwa Trust Fund
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 13,560.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 3,440.00
Project Number:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Capacity building will inspire the trained change agents to change their attitudes towards biodiversity and environmental conservation in general. It will equip them with skills that they can replicate in their own homes such as growing and using herbs as an alternative to prescribed medicine and using smart climate methods of growing vegetables. Scaling up the project employment opportunities. The feeding program will include fruits on their menu and this will improve the health of the children. The caregivers will have additional income from the leftover garden produce, supplementing their income. The community interaction will also develop a more coherent community which is more empathetic to the needs of others. The project will provide long term alternative livelihood in terms of apiculture, vegetable and herbal gardening. The fruit orchards will provide profitable alternative source of income. Community corporation and collaboration result in productive interaction among the community.
Notable Community Participation
Does the Project have a Gender Strategy in place (if yes attach copy) ii) What are the specific needs of men, women, youth and persons with disabilities. CATEGORIES Needs Men Employment opportunities Women Alternative livelihood and economic activities Youth Capacity Building Persons with Disabilities Inclusion and equal opportunity iii) Indicate the roles you identified in the first column then insert your responses in each cell. Categories ROLES Men Gardening, building and providing security services Women Inclusion in market gardening activities and product value addition. Youth Attending capacity building workshops Persons with Disabilities Clerical and administrative support services. Product packaging and labeling iv) Are there any constraints affecting participation of men, women, youth and persons with disabilities? Please list. CATEGORIES CONSTRAINTS Men Unemployment & Lack of knowledge on biodiversity , land and forest management Women Exclusion in leadership roles & policy issues Youth Lack of knowledge on biodiversity, land and forest management Persons with Disabilities Lack of knowledge on biodiversity, land and forest management v) What strategies can be implemented to address these constraints faced by men, women, youth and persons with disabilities. CATEGORY STRATEGIES Men • Offer employment opportunities through the project Women • Offer leadership roles and employment opportunities Youth • Involve in capacity building for future advocacy on biodiversity as change agents Persons with Disabilities • Offer positions of responsibilities s in selected areas • Make the Nature Trail and general environment user friendly. vi) How will men, women, youth and persons with disabilities benefit through the project cycle and beyond the project? CATEGORY PROJECT DESIGN PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION POST PROJECT Men Gardening- Capacity building Provide support & labor Personal life application of skills Women Leadership roles Employment opportunity Continuation with project & life application Youth - Capacity building Life application Biodiversity Advocacy Persons with Disabilities Leadership and support Employment opportunities & capacity building Biodiversity Advocacy Life application
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