1. Greening Kuwadzana project
Since 2019 LGF has been participating in a project titled Greening Kuwadzana aiming at planting and maintaining 5 000 indigenous trees in Kuwadzana. The initiative is in line with the State's tree-planting policy of achieving the set targets of planting 500 million trees by 2026 and one billion trees planted by 2030. Planting trees will help in improving air quality, mitigating stormwater, providing shade and enhancing aesthetic beauty, providing wildlife habitat, and increasing property value on top of having access to fruits. Deforestation has led to most trees being converted to firewood hence the need to resuscitate the community. To date, the project has planted more than 2000 indigenous trees in Kuwadzana with a survival rate of 90%. LGF is not just ending at planting fruit trees but we do maintain the trees that we plant all year round. In the first year, the project targeted main roads in Kuwadzana but currently, it's also involving planting trees in primary and secondary schools " Fruit Trees in Schools". The project is targeting planting fruit indigenous fruit trees in Schools. To date 10 out of 20 schools have been covered. Going forward the project will go into churches and other communities within Harare sensitizing community members on environmental conservation, tree planting, and establishment of tree nurseries around the community.The project targets to teach school-going kids basic budding, cutting, and grafting techniques. LGF is providing financial and technical support to this project. LGF secured funding to purchase materials for constructing a nursery where saplings will be stored, plants grown for transplanting, and for use as stock for budding and grafting.
The project is being carried out with a number of partners that are Kuwadzana Press, Duri Green finger, Global Shapers Harare Hub, The City Council of Harare: Kuwadzana District, City of Harare Parks, Pan African Dialogue, Citizen Initiative Zimbabwe, Anxiety Support and awareness Centre and Young Volunteers for Environment Zimbabwe.
2. Tree Care Therapy
LGF in collaboration with Kuwadzana Press, Duri Green Finger Nursery, and technical support from Ndinewe Foundation initiated a Tree care therapy which is an initiative that promotes mental health by pruning and staking trees awareness raising on mental health and climate change, networking, and playing childhood games to relieve stress.
Mental health has been on the rise in Zimbabwe lately and it's often surrounded by misconception and stigma resulting in it not being considered a serious problem and people suffering in silence. A number of studies have shown that spending time around trees is good for mental health as they lower high blood pressure as well as reduce stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline. The program has benefitted more than 100 young people in Kuwadzana
3. We Account Social Innovation Challenge 20/21
LGF and POVO Africa are the 2020/21 Award winners of the WE-ACCOUNT SOCIAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE. The award saw the two parties getting a total of USD8000.00 for the development of a Sustainable Development Information Toolkit. The toolkit is a one-stop shop for all information related to all the 17 sustainable development goals from the Zimbabwean context. The toolkit also encompasses information pertaining to basic human rights in Zimbabwe as adopted from the National Constitution of Zimbabwe (Amendment No. 20 of 2013). The main objective of the award was to centralize Zimbabwean context-specific sustainable development information for ease of access by ALL. To date, the project had developed an information toolkit and mobile application as context specific to sustainable information reference points. We have uploaded the English and vernacular content to the sustainable development information tools. LGF launched sustainable development information tools to marginalized communities and relevant groups. Two schools (Jairos Jiri and Zivagwe Primary School) benefited from a complete solar system, laptop, and overhead projectors from the project. LGF generated vernacular content on Sustainable Development and upload it to respective categories. A total of 500 children benefited from the project. All the beneficiaries got an opportunity to be trained on how to navigate through the information tool kit and how to use the project. Besides powering the laptop, the solar is also providing access to energy at the two selected schools.
4. Sustainable agriculture trainings
Due to poverty and inadequate access to water, most farmers in Chiendambuya have resorted to stream bank cultivation and cutting down of trees to create space resulting in river siltation and water pollution from the fertilizer administered. Furthermore, the farmers also practice slash and burn agriculture which degrades soils. There is a lack of crop variety which is a problem as farmers usually cultivate one crop such as maize and would be left with no recourse when drought decimates the harvest. Most of the farmers in Chiendambuya village lack access to infrastructure, new equipment, markets, and irrigation affecting agricultural productivity. In addition to farming for food, the farmers are also into tobacco farming, this has resulted in a lot of deforestation for fuelwood which is used to cure the tobacco, and this process results in air pollution which significantly contributes to the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. To build structures to cure their tobacco, the farmers are practicing illegal sand mining in rivers, contributing to the drying up of rivers.
To this effect Lets Green, the Future offered training to farmers in Chiendambuya. The training managed to empower the farmers, by capacity them with skills and knowledge to practice sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation to sustainably secure their livelihoods whilst protecting the environment. The Training program brought vital life skills and knowledge to the farmers i.e., water management, organic farming, crop rotation, growing cover crops, crop diversity, reduction of tillage, integrated pest management, livestock, and crop integration, ecosystem restoration, and improved processing and preservation. The organization worked with community leaders, and families, in disseminating information to change norms and create a climate-resilient environment. By employing a multifaceted approach, the project successfully went beyond educating farmers and uplifting an entire rural community.
- Improved livelihood opportunities, resilience, and food security of rural communities (men, women, and youth) in Chiendambuya through the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices
- Increased knowledge of the community members on sustainable agriculture practices and biodiversity conservation.
5. Girls and widow support
In partnership with the United Methodist Kuwadzana circuit, Lets Green the future initiated an ongoing period poverty alleviation initiative. Up to date more than 350 women and young girls have benefitted. The target of the project is to address the lack of information about menstrual hygiene, as well as to provide sanitary pads. The program aims to educate girls about menstruation which helps to increase self-esteem and have the freedom to make their own decisions. The program helps them to understand how tampons, menstrual cups, or other sanitary materials work. LGF has donated +500 packs of sanitary pads to women and young girls. Period poverty affects young girls' education, proper menstrual hygiene keeps girls in school: at least one in five girls drop out when period begins. Those who persist typically miss five days of school each month due to inadequate menstrual protection. When they miss school they lose educational pace with boys, making them more vulnerable inside and outside of the classroom.
LGF in partnership with the United Methodist Kuwadzana circuit is running a capacity-building program for women and youth on climate change. It is a learn and share platform whereby participants shared their experiences on climate change and their coping strategies. The initiative has benefitted +50 women and youth. The initiative entails presentations from LGF on the basics of climate change and how to overcome its impacts. Equipping them with skills to economically empower women and youth enables them to be self-sufficient, and run their own businesses effectively and profitably. Some of the proposed interventions to overcome the impacts of climate change include poultry farming, cobra making, mushroom production, sewing, and value addition to Agric produce among others.
6. The Poultry Value Chain Project
Climate change impacts have managed to contribute to food insecurity and in turn, poverty to which women and youth are the most affected. In this regard, Let's Green the Future Trust implemented the broiler value chain project in June 2021 with and for women and youth in Kapiya Village Chiendambuya Makoni District Manicaland Province. The project started on the 1st of June 2021 When LGF hosted a training of 50 women on broiler production. Sharing of manuals on broiler production. The project helped the community with a grant to purchase day-old chicks, feed, building materials, etc. Currently, a total of 10 women are running the project and they have 120 broilers. The project contributes to access to sustainable livelihoods for and strengthens the resilience of Kapiya village women and youth as the most vulnerable groups. This project also improves agricultural practices and production, ensures that households can access environmental and agricultural-related information, provides skills and resources to households to become resilient to shocks, and enables households to supplement their diet with nutritious food and sell excess produce enhancing their income.
- · To improve household food security, nutrition, and income and enhance their livelihood resilience for women and youth in Kapiya Village.
- · To ensure that households have access to agricultural-related information.
- To build the capacity of Kapiya
Village community members on good agricultural practices
7. Waste Management Project
LGF is participating in waste management in the Kuwadzana community as a way of cleaning the environment and promoting recycling, reusing, reducing, and generating income from waste materials. LGF intends to reduce the adverse effects of waste on human health, the environment, planetary resources, and aesthetics. The aim of the waste management project is to reduce the dangerous effects of such waste on the environment and human health. The idea of waste management came into light after recognizing the Constitutional Mandate to uphold environmental fundamental rights and freedoms provided for in section 73 of the constitution of Zimbabwe the "right to an environment that is not harmful to tier health and well-being. This is in line with the government-led national cleanup day which happens on the first Friday of each calendar month as a way of solving waste management in Zimbabwe. The National Clean-Up Day exercise which is in the spirit of creating a clean, safe and healthy environment states that it is the duty of every individual across the country to clean their surrounding areas be it places of work, education, religion, recreational and residential premises to manage waste management in the country
To date, LGF has trained 85 women and youth on waste management and how to make it a sustainable livelihood. These women are involved in waste collection and selling to nearby shopping Centres. Going forward we hope to have a site in Kuwadzana for waste separation for ease of managing the waste. Currently, LGF has drained a 100m drain in Kuwadzana in preparation for the rainy season. We hope to keep on engaging the communities in waste management and draining of drains in Kuwadzana so as to reduce the risk of flooding during the rainy season which might promote the spread of diseases.
8. Nutrition Garden Project
Globally agri-food chains consume 30% of the world's available energy and produce about 20% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Making a shift to more energy-efficient food systems, based on the use of sustainable energy simultaneously reduces fossil fuel dependency and improves productivity in the food sector. Let's Green the Future Trust hosts meetings for young people to discuss the link between renewable energy and other developmental sectors.
The objectives of the meetings are as follows:
1. To raise awareness on energy and nexus issues.
2. To enhance networking amongst young people.
3. To discuss strategies to enhance energy access for sustainable development.
Outcomes from the dialogues
Participants agreed on the need to have energy access as a way of promoting the attainment of sustainable development goals. There is no way we can talk of achieving sustainable development without first addressing access to sustainable energy. The meeting participants agree on the role of youth in the energy discourse of making sure that all energy intervention is supported with innovation and research.
9. Gender and Climate Change Talks
Given how climate change is impacting all sectors of development, LGF does monthly meetings discussing how climate impacts can be addressed given how developing countries suffer from it. Climate change has a different impact on women and men due to structural inequalities and sexual division of labour. Climate change is also a window through which existing inequalities are maximized, enhancing the interrelation of different forms of discrimination that women face around the world. We do agree that climate change affects everyone but the most affected are children, youth, and elderly people due to their vulnerabilities. In light of this LGF does monthly meetings to raise awareness, capacity building, lobby, and advocate for a conducive environment to address climate change impact. Some of the discussion points include gender and climate change under the "Climate talks series". The meetings brought together 400 young people from Zimbabwe and abroad.
The objectives are:
- To raise awareness of gender and climate change
- To share best practices to address issues to do with gender and climate change
- To network with various stakeholders
These deliberations saw LGF participating in the development of CSO's position towards COP 27, contributed to the loss and damage, and other international forums on climate change and or energy.