Project Initiatives

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1. Research and Analysis

Research, document and analyze the facts about Macheke and its people. Needs assessment - what resources are available now and what is needed to achieve sustainability? What are the best practices for each of the project ventures and what standards, if any, should be abided? The people of Macheke are children of an oral tradition Shona Culture, so there is very little that is documented. This initiative will create a database of useful information that will be accessible for generations to come.

 

2. Communication Technology

Implementation of internet access in the schools in Macheke. Implementation of an internet café for farmers, businesses and other residents in Macheke. The internet will provide training and information resources that would otherwise not be readily available in Macheke. How can the use of the internet and information technology can break barriers for quality and relevant education/training?

 

3. Sustainable Energy

Implementation of sustainable energy sources to support all the project initiatives and improve people’s lives. Sources of electricity from: Solar, Wind, and Biogas. Sources of fuel from: Biodiesel (create bio-diesel from the Jatropha plant).

 

4. Sustainable Agriculture

Implement agricultural processes that encourage sustainable practices. This includes considering ways of sharing expensive farming equipment and ways of using natural resources. Introduction to permaculture agricultural practices. Agricultural training and organic food production and processing will make the agriculture industry sustainable. Better access to markets and reliable sources of inputs can contribute to sustainability. Implement a farmer’s supply center and a food processing center.

 

5. Community Service & Fundraising

This initiative will introduce the concept of community service to schools and businesses so that everyone in the community can take part in support of the betterment of the community. The local Church groups will support these activities in partnership with the project. One of the tasks is to seek out HIV/AIDS patients who are not getting the support they need. Raising funds within the country to support all other project initiatives will increase the capacity to make a difference.

 

6. Education & Training

Support training sessions for farmers, health practitioners, renewable resources workers, entrepreneurs and other residents that seek further education in specific subjects. This initiative will also link high school students to internships and apprenticeships in businesses in Macheke and around the country. Support for students seeking college education abroad especially for subjects that are not available in the universities within Zimbabwe. Support local schools to help meet some of their academic needs (school supplies, technology access, training, etc).

 

7. Sustainable Water

Implementation of water harvesting resources and efficient water irrigation and management. This initiative will support homes, farms, schools and businesses to implement sustainable water practices. Macheke only receives about 4months of rain a year, so water needs to be managed to reduce poverty.

 

8. Community Health

With epidemics such as HIV/AIDS and Cholera, the community health initiative will provide the services to residents that they either didn’t have before or could not afford. This project will seek a balance between the traditional medical practices in Macheke and the holistic modern medical system. Implementation of the Macheke Healing Village Center. This initiative may grow to incorporate an affordable medical health insurance to ensure all villagers are covered.

 

9. Community Financing

What policies and practices are in place, or need to be in place, to ensure financial sustainability? Providing locals with microfinance (micro-credit, micro-savings, micro-insurance) services will support the poverty reduction. The credit loans can be paid back using cash or produce from the small businesses that locals start. With no community bank in Macheke, this will be a good start to banking services that every community needs.

 

10. Infrastructure (construction) All these project initiatives will require new buildings and in some cases new infrastructure such as roads. This initiative will work closely with the local government agency to support the infrastructure and construction necessary to make this project as a whole a success.