Community Outreach, Victoria Falls
1 - 12 weeks
Up to 8 people
1 - 12 weeks
Up to 8 people
What's the project about?
The Greenline Africa Trust is dedicated to funding community focused, long term projects in the rural area around Victoria Falls. Their four pillars are Health, Education, Livelihoods and Biodiversity. These are the foundations of all their community programmes, which support vulnerable individuals and communities. The Trust is focused on reducing poverty and financially supports a number of local farmers and child-headed households.
How will I be contributing?
Volunteers help Greenline staff deliver solutions to local communities. The programmes are designed to improve livelihoods through skills training and projects focused on income generation. Volunteers are involved in grass-roots projects, working alongside community leaders and school authorities. These projects include: food intervention programmes, school feeding projects, adult education, personal development, community agriculture, water aid and building work.
What makes this project ethical?
A key objective of the Trust is to develop a sprit of volunteerism between local and international communities. Volunteers demonstrate what it is possible to accomplish by working together, and encourage a sense of pride in team achievements. The Trust is a not-for-profit organisation, and relies on volunteers to ensure the continuation of its long-term building, education and environmental projects.
The vision of the Greenline Africa Trust is to create a better life for marginalised women, children and youth. The Trust works full time with vulnerable communities to develop and implement long term projects focusing on the four pillars of Livelihoods, Health, Education and Biodiversity Management (the protection, conservation and management of natural resources).
The goal of the volunteer programme is to provide support for ongoing projects within the community, and to enable the Trust to sustain the projects long term, or deliver them to full completion. Many families face extreme hardship and require support that is not always adequately provided in the area, so volunteers provide assistance wherever it is most needed at the time.
Volunteers also play a role in motivating communities to develop a spirit of self-improvement, creating a sense of pride in their achievements. Inter-cultural exchange, international awareness and empathy all creates positivity within a community.
You can be sure on this project that your days will be filled with interesting work that is genuinely needed, and you will always be doing something purposeful.
- Support local farmers in their community gardens
- Provide opportunities for skills training and development at the Dibutibu Community Centre
- Support local women-headed households with homestead maintenance and agricultural assistance
- Help develop business opportunities for community members
- Support the local clinic in the provision of medical supplies and building maintenance
- Undertake feeding programmes for schools
- Food intervention programmes for families under extreme hardship
- Provide safe and adequate facilities for learning and play, focusing on ECD and pre-school
- Maintain school gardens (an additional income stream for the school, and source of nutrition for children)
- Support teaching staff in the provision of educational materials and motivational support
- Manage invasive species and provide indigenous trees for replanting in the community
- Address human-wildlife conflict situations e.g. through the instigation of a bee fence to stop elephants damaging crops and property
- Address small animal and bird poaching issues through education programmes
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