Community Development

Farming as a business
 

Farming as a business

Zimbabwe is an Agro-based economy. How sustainable are our farming activities?
Leadership
 

Leadership

We select a few among us to help us coordinate activities in and outside our communities. Do they know how to lead us? And do we also know how to cooperate with each other and with our leaders?
Conservation of the environment
 

Conservation of the environment

As stewards of creation, do we uphold our responsibility towards preservation of our environment?
Knowledge
 

Knowledge

To know our surroundings and how to use everything we have for the our benefit and for the benefit of our community. This is the basis for sustainable development. Silveira House helps communities to unlock their potential.
Community life
 

Community life

As Africans, we value life in comunity. Therefore it is important to know how to live in community, participating and sharing our common spaces
Partnership
 

Partnership

Who is interested in our life, our work and our history? Lets live together, work together and make history.

SUMMARY

Silveira House trains leaders who in turn role out the concepts to the community members in the form of feedback meetings. Communities are then mobilized and organized into working groups for community development projects. Such projects range from service delivery, infrastructure development, water and sanitation and economic enhancement. Beneficiary communities managed to build schools, construct and maintain access roads, construct weir dams, sunk deep wells and boreholes, built toilets and initiated income generating projects. Silveira House recently took on board empowerment of farmers through trainings in farm budget and farming as a business that recognizes farming for profit principles and procedures.

Community Development Projects

Leadership Training

Targeting traditional and elected leaders, Silveira House promotes effective, transparent and accountable local leadership. Such a leadership is the bedrock for community development. Elected leaders like councillors have a fixed term of five years thus leading to relatively high turnover. Traditional leaders such as village heads, headmen and chiefs are life leaders. However; both elected and traditional leaders lack knowledge of their constitutional mandate as stipulated by pieces of law that guide their day to day work. These include the Traditional Leaders Act, Communal Lands Act, and RDC Act. Silveira House raises awareness on leaders’ roles and functions and complimentary competencies in community mobilization, resource mobilization, development communication, planning for development and managing development conflicts. Trained communities exhibited improvements in community organization, initiating and managing community projects, coexistence and tolerance of ideological diversity and topping RDC schedules for development levy.

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

This project conscientizes community about the realities of climate change and the negative impacts on human life thus begin to take action against it. Target communities reflect critically about climate change in their context (understanding the causes and effects of climate change) and seek redress to climate change effects.  A number of strategies have been adopted by beneficiary communities to adapt and mitigate against climate change. These include;

  • Adoption of environment friendly technologies like float trays and rocket bans for curing of tobacco.
  • Afforestation (through establishment of woodlots and field fruits)
  • Adoption of small livestock (reduced overgrazing), small grains, short season and drought resistant varieties
  • Management of wetlands
  • Water harvesting
  • Etc.

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