June 2013
Edward Ndlovu Community Libraries
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Date: June 2013

Project Number: 521307   

Project Name: Edward Ndlovu Memorial Trust

Country: Zimbabwe    

Cooperating Partner:

Project Period: ENMT 2013-2015  

Project Budget: SEK 500,000 (US$ 71 400)

Expenditure to Date:    

Accounted Costs to Date.

1. Agreement and project description


2. Cooperating partner:

The Edward Ndlovu Memorial Trust was established in 1990 as a registered Trust and a private voluntary organisation (welfare organisation). It is run by a Board of Trustees. It has established projects in the memory of the late National Hero Edward Ndlovu, who was engaged in life-long struggle for independence, and was at the time of his death in 1989 he was the Member of Parliament for Gwanda.

The Trust opened the first public library in 1992 in Gwanda, with one part-time employee, but currently operates from a two winged complex with a staff of 10.  

3. Project objectives and fulfillment of objectives

ENMT is engaged in four programmes, Public Library, Schools and Community Outreach Library service, Study Circles and Institutional Support whose objectives are to incalculate a reading culture, support and promote learning and stimulate within community a desire to rid themselves of the ignorance, dependence; factors that over the years have impoverished them.

In view of the above objectives, men, women, boys and girls of Gwanda and its surrounding community have access to 80% materials required to stimulate development through reading and learning. For the period under review 18,215 community members have used the library for information and other related library services. We are excited with the level of patronage we are getting from the public.  657 males and females have taken up paid membership. 6,250 books have been loaned out with 2,825 books in the fiction category being the most popular used by both adults and children.

Besides the books they have been reading, members of community have access to local newspapers, magazines for current information on politics, health, education and socio economic issues globally. The public has also access to Internet facilities where access e-Resources and e-Learning have become a major activity.

 7,331 books were added to the Library collection through book purchases and donations bringing in the number of books stored by the Library to 35,000. Of these 10,000 books are on the Outreach Programme. As previous acknowledgement Book Aid International (UK) is the major book donor.

The Children`s afternoon story-telling and reading aloud attracted 776 boys and 1,284 girls. They read from a variety of tittles mainly in English. Purchases of local books through funding from AGS and the Australian Embassy boosted the numbers of books, boys and girls like reading during the children’s activities.

The library service to the local hospital has been introduced to 539 nursing and to 314 expecting mothers through book reading sessions on a variety of subjects. This activity aims at motivating women to read books that would promote individual appreciation of books, as a quiet engagement when resting and there after pass the practice to their newly born babies.

Also at the hospital, 21 boys and 20 girls were visited and stories were read to them. They liked the Ndebele short story books. The children were also given pencils and crayons to practice drawing and writing as a way of keeping them engaged in reading and learning.

ENMT extends the library service to the local prison services. A Book Box with over 250 titles is loaned out the Prison for their inmates. The prison personnel come into the library to do their own book selection. They have expressed their gratitude to the Library for opening this window to the Prison.

The Outreach Programme

ENMT has during the period under review, facilitated the provision of school library service to its 27 rural primary schools and communities. During the two school terms the library delivered over 10 000 books to the 27 partner schools. 8,560 pupils and over 234 teachers benefited from this service. However three schools received two boxes each due to their high enrolment. In most schools reading from the Book Box is time tabled, allowing nearly all the pupils and their teachers access the reading materials.  A total of 842 books were weeded out of the boxes due to wear and tear and new replacements were done including specifically isiNdebele books which are in high demand.

4. Target Group

The library draws its target group from the public. Professionals, men and women from institutions, schools pupils and their teachers, civil servants from government departments, communities and their leaders utilize the library for different reasons and needs. These groups have added value in our scope in the collection built up.

ENMT also target villagers, school leavers and community groups in its Study Circle programme.

5. Activities and Results - Public Library and Outreach to Rural Schools

In March, ENMT hosted a workshop on the teaching of Literature in IsiNdebele and in English. Its objective was to bring together Examiners, markers and teachers to a platform where major weaknesses could be exposed following the past years literature pass rate. 15 High schools attended the workshop, which also included the Provincial Education Directory, senior managers of the Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Councils and Head of Departments from the schools where Literature in English and IsiNdebele is taught. At beginning of June, a workshop was held with heads of the 27 partner schools with the purpose of strengthening partnerships and promoting a reading culture. Book Box deliveries were timeously made to schools at the beginning of each school terms in the first half of the year. Over 7,000 books mainly purchases and donations are being processed. We have also managed to create a book reserve for the coming school term.

Hospital and Children`s programme are progressing well, thereby promoting a reading culture.


ACTIVITIES and RESULTS - Study Circles

Study Circles constitutes of 154 women, 31 men making up 185 members. They are involved in 31 projects. These are 6 nutrition gardens, 14 poultry keeping, 1 piggery, 5 goat rearing, 2 craft work, 1 soap making, 1 arts and 2 cattle fattening. The groups are well organised and structured to the extent that other NGO’s are learning and sharing best practices with them.


ENMT is working on a new theme which is “Rights, Food, Natural Resources and Trade”. It is believed that through studies, discussions, advocacy, use of the natural resources and replenishing would be a responsibility of all community members working together.

A workshop was held for study circle members on marketing strategies and it is expected that the knowledge they received will improve income flow.

Micro-Finance

With the support of a revolving loan fund, Study Circle groups have experienced an increase in vegetable production and a variety of projects have improved individual food security and income generation. The Study Circle projects continue to utilise the revolving fund.

Nutrition gardens


ENMT met with the Rural District Development (RDC) officers to address the situation of Sizanani nutrition garden in Selonga, which had been destroyed as a result of misunderstanding of the Environmental Management Agency regulation that stipulate that all cultivation should be done 30metres from the dam wall. This has been resolved and the group can now start working again on a pegged site. The effect of the above was that people around Selonga were being starved of fresh vegetables that were then being supplied by Sizanani project.

After the destruction of the garden, members of group got involved in buying and selling vegetables from Gwanda Town 70km from Selonga and this reduced their income.


The Zenzele Study Circle group in Samlodi has, through their own initiative, deepened their borehole thereby improving water quantity. The group has a thriving garden, with a variety of vegetable crop. Projects members have been advised to grow cash crops like potatoes, sugar beans, tomatoes and onions at a large scale in order to increase levels of income.


We have suggested that Study Circle groups adopt the drip irrigation system, which would maximise the water they draw from the borehole.  The drip irrigation system will reduce the burden of carrying water on their heads on a daily bases. This in turn will give them more time to nurture their vegetables.


Poultry


There are 14 projects. Five are into indigenous fowls rearing whilst 9 are into broiler chicken keeping. Six groups got assistance from a donor called Empretex, which donated to the six groups 100 chickens each with feed and other equipment. The sale of these chickens resulted in high yields in terms of sales as each group member got US$100 and increase from US$50 when members were selling the same number of indigenous chickens. The change to broiler chickens has led to some of the groups to request moving from indigenous chickens to broilers.

However Ntuthuko project members discovered an indigenous breed which is quite big and this necessitated the purchase of cocks from source so as to change breed.  Indigenous chickens are in demand especially in restaurants that provide traditional dishes and they are noticeable increases of those restaurants.


Piggery-


The group has 3 adult pigs, 2 sows and 1 boar.  The transportation of pigs for sale or to the abattoir is one of the challenges encountered. This challenge led group members to hold discussions on diverting from piggery to poultry keeping. However the Coordinator asked the members to do a thorough market research on poultry business before concluding.  


Goats


Members still face water challenges. They continue to source and store feed for their goats. There has been a slight increase in the number of goats. Sales have been made to generate income for members. The project members have been encouraged to increase the number of goats so as to realise continuous profits.


Craft


Diversity in craft work has brought an increase of 10% in the income of members. They are making stoves that conserve firewood which community members find hard to get. They are encouraged to be innovative, and include patch work, bead work and crocheting so as to satisfy a wide range of customers.


Soap Making


This group has greatly improved in their working relations. The workshop shed has been constructed and completed. Members are currently collecting jatropha seeds and hoping it is good quality seed.  Tallow, an ingredient that can be substituted for jatropha oil, is available but costly at Cold Storage Commission and members can now make different types of soap and use the colouring which could not blend well with jatropha oil.


Arts


There are 7 young boys, 5 of whom are still at school, that perform at functions in their community and neighbouring communities on themes of HIV & AIDS, inheritance, abuse, equal opportunities and environmental awareness at most for a small token in cash or kind.


New groups have also come on board. These the cattle groups made up all males. They are hoping to start feedlots and improve the quality of beef cattle, in a very dry area of Gwanda North.


Discussions


These revolve around the THEME – Rights, Food, Trade and Natural Resources. Other topics include environmental awareness, climate changes, malaria and swine flu. Guidelines were prepared for these discussions. It is pleasing that in environment awareness all groups started with discussing their projects` impact on the environment and vice-versa. Projects that were within prohibited distances from dam boundaries immediately sought the Agritex officers to allocate appropriate sites for cultivation. Zenzele nutrition garden project in Samlodi is one of those groups.


Siyaphambili goat group in Bethel realised that five group members had no toilets at their homesteads. They then sought funding from the revolving loan so as to purchase material to construct toilets. The toilets have been completed and ENMT awaits an invitation for the commissioning of these toilets.


Workshops


A workshop on Marketing was held in April after a gap was realised as poultry project groups grappled with marketing their chickens in January and February 2013.Most of these groups started advertising their chickens when they were ready for sale. Feeding these chickens became an expense as they sold slowly; they have no means of refrigerating/preserving.  


One of ENMT’s Community Worker attended a workshop on environmental lens, information expected to assist in continuing discussions on environment awareness.


The Study Circle Coordinator and the Director attended a ‘Rights Based Approach’ workshop and this increased our understanding of programming using this approach in the development work, ENMT is engaged in.



6. Budget and Finance

We received from the Australian Embassy a one off grant of US$24,000 for capacity building. Equipment in the form of a new Photocopier, four tables and thirty chairs were purchased. It is also worth noting that US$14,000 was spent on the purchase of local published books, mainly for children and the rural outreach programme.

We are very grateful for the financial support we receive from AGS, OSISA, Friends of the Edward Ndlovu Memorial Trust and many individuals and organizations that have donated books, many of which books we would not have been able to put together as some are now out of print. The activities carried out were in line with the budget.

7. Time Frame.

Six months into the 2013 plans are on course.

.An evaluation of the years 2008 to 2012 was done on the activities by ENMT in March. This was followed by a Strategic Plan workshop, both meant to assist ENML to focus on its operational plans for 2013 to 2017.

ENMT staff continues working as a team focusing on the organization’s goals.


Report Prepared by:

Mrs. E. N. Dube and Mrs. V. T. Moyo