World Vision brings hope

The World Vision Limpopo Area Development programme has uplifted the living standards of scores of villagers here where low rainfall makes it almost impossible for subsistence farming.

One of the nutritional gardens being supported by World Vision in Beitbridge.
One of the nutritional gardens being supported by World Vision in Beitbridge.

The programme, which covers eight out of the 17 wards in the district, focuses mainly on five thematic areas: agriculture, education, economic development, HIV/AIDS and health and child sponsorship.

“Because of the poor rainfall pattern in the district, rain-fed irrigations are not sustainable. One of the early interventions by ADP was the resuscitation of irrigation schemes to enhance food security and self-sustenance through crop production,” said Pretty Dube, the World Vision ADP manager.

Dube said under the programme, Tongwe irrigation scheme in ward four had been rehabilitated, as well as Dombolidenji irrigation scheme in ward 10.

World Vision has also introduced a ‘Pass-on the heifer scheme’ as a cattle restocking programme, following successive draughts in the area which decimated livestock. In the Dendele village in ward 10, 35 heifers and one bull were donated at the onset of the programme in 2003.

Thanks to the intervention of World Vision, irrigation schemes have been repaired.
Thanks to the intervention of World Vision, irrigation schemes have been repaired.

“A village progressive assessment of this programme has shown that out of the targeted 189 beneficiaries, 120 have already benefitted. Management committees established by communities have drawn up constitutions which ensure strict adherence to the rules of the programme,” she said.

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