AFCA and GREEN ISLAND VISION Partnership in Zimbabwe - September 2019 Newsletter

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about us

‘Morning Star’ ranch accommodates both short and long-term volunteers, to support a variety of projects, designed to promote sustainable living and improve the quality of education in rural schools.

The ranch is a 3,000 acre wilderness situated in the Matobo Hills, 30 miles south of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. Originally the ranch was used for outdoor adventure camps, but it is now the venue for the non-profit GIV Foundation.

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our goals

The Aim of the Green Island Vision is to develop ongoing partnerships with local communities in the Matobo Hills region in order to support the health and development of children and families living in the region.


To fulfil this vision we raise awareness of the many needs within the community and then raise funds for community projects, attracting volunteer groups to assist the community.


​ Central to GIV’s activities is to see individuals and groups volunteer time (short or long-term) on the ranch and serve the local community in a variety of ways.


Up to 25 volunteers can be accommodated on the ranch at any time.

our objectives


Through an ongoing process of community participation, the Foundation facilitates projects which seek to:

  • ensure sustainable living through agriculture and other income-generating projects

  • restore lost dignity to communities and individuals

  • improve access to clean water, education and health care

  • provide access to transport and communication links

  • improve living conditions for vulnerable rural families in general

The Foundation establishes links with international donors and charitable institutions in order to:


  • raise awareness of community needs

  • raise funds for community projects

  • attract volunteers to act as ‘hands and feet‘ to assist in local communities.

Past, current and future projects include:

  • Pre-schools built and equipped with educational resources

  • English literacy programs introduced in schools

  • Women’s sewing group established

  • School gardens developed

  • School children and vulnerable families supplied with food

  • Tag rugby introduced in primary schools (see Tag Rugby Trust for more info)

  • Training families in Conservation Farming skills

  • Bible-study program developed in local churches

  • Boarding house for girls built at one of the high schools

  • Scholarship program serving the educational requirements of under-privileged school girls

  • Bicycles provided for school children and care-workers

  • Construction in progress of Community and Resource Center comprising hall, library, media center and classrooms.

  • Livestock breeding center established.

support so far

Care for vulnerable families

Over 40 of the most vulnerable families in the community, including widows, orphans and the elderly and infirm,have been supported with monthly food-packs.  Sadly this funding has now been depleted.


Feeding school children

Approximately 2,000 elementary school children received a nutritional porridge supplement twice weekly at school. At present, funding allows only for Pre-school and Kindergarten children to be fed.


Educational support

  • Six elementary schools have been supported through infra-structural improvements, provision of educational materials, provision of safe water, development of gardens, and English literacy projects.

  • A boarding facility has been built, at a local high school, for girls who show academic promise, but whose families are unable to pay school fees.

  • Girls have been taught how to produce and use recyclable sanitary towels.

  • Co-education tag rugby has been introduced and sponsored in six elementary schools (more info about this program at Tag Rugby Trust)

  • Four Early Childhood Education(ECD) centres have been built and stocked with educational resources and furniture.

  • Seven adventure playgrounds have been constructed for pupils in infant classes.

  • Environmental conservation clubs have been introduced in six elementary schools.

  • Income-generating Projects:  A women’s sewing and craft club - a group of women have been trained to produce hand and machine-sewn items for sale

  • Conservation farming: Farming skills which are less labour-intensive and more efficient in terms of yields, have been introduced with successful results.


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