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Empowering Communities

Linda Farm, Livingstone

By August 12, 2016 No Comments
Linda Farm serves as a community for some of the most vulnerable families within Livingstone, many of the 300 members of the community live with a disability.
Linda Farm was set up to empower and rehabilitate those with disabilities. The farm uses agriculture to teach skills to those who would otherwise struggle to survive by providing them with the skills to generate their own income. The intention is that they will generate enough income to support themselves as individuals and to invest in developing and improving the community of the farm further. However, small scale agriculture doesn’t generate sufficient revenue we therefore need to create other opportunities to generate income to develop the community in a sustainable manner.

The community of Linda Farm have their own vision on how they want to develop over the next 4 years. They have come up with ideas to help them generate enough income to make structural improvements and life enrichment for all the residents. But this cannot be done withouta measurable amount of support to help them achieve this for themselves.

Before we can invest in income generation, it’s important to assist the community in preventing and reducing health issues. Many of these are through the lack of sanitation facilities within the community. The sanitation at the farm includes 3 pit-latrines, 1 of which is full with the other 2 currently about to reach capacity.

There are several residents and employees with visual impairment and some who are physically disabled, relying on crutches or chairs for mobility. The toilets offer no disabled access, leaving those most vulnerable, completely dependent on others for access to these facilities. The caregivers tend to be children from the farm, meaning they lose out on education. The alternative for them is to defecate in public or out in the bush. The toilets and shower block do not have doors, offering the residents no privacy or dignity, and leaving the children and most vulnerable exposed and at a higher risk of abuse. These poor conditions continue to contribute to impaired health, especially in the most vulnerable.

Alongside the development of better hygiene and health we want to start some income generation projects, a piggery to breed pigs and sell them locally and skills and equipment to start a welding workshop. This will give the community a great head start in creating their own income to further develop their community.

The key objective is to support Linda Farm in their efforts to improve and develop their community through vision – better health and improving income generation opportunities.

The desired outcomes are:
• An improvement in the sanitation and hygiene facilities for better health and better quality of life, including improved privacy and dignity.
• An increase in income generation opportunities for the residents of the farm to empower them to achieve their own vision for the development and improvement of the community.
• The empowerment of the physically disabled by promoting independence through the improvements and allowing them free access to facilities.
• Global Goals: #1 No Poverty, #3 Good Health and Wellbeing #5 Gender Equality #6 Clean Water and Sanitation, #7 Affordable and Clean Energy #10 Reduced Inequalities #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, #12 Climate Action

The goal is to have all phases completed in 18 months, although this is flexible as the project is fluid and other phases may be added as opportunities present themselves.

Start Phase 1 – Build 5 ablution blocks (2 toilets and 2 showers in each)

Start Phase 2 – Build a Piggery

Start Phase 3 – Install Biogas systems

Start Phase 4 – Renovate the old office into a welding workshop

Start Phase 5 – Expand and improve the piggery

Ongoing – Grow and develop the Partnership between Linda Farm and the Girl Impact project

With our partnership with African Impact, volunteers will assist with the building of the ablution block, welding workshop, and piggery along with working on the Girl Impact food garden project. Build It Project volunteers will be particularly involved. We will agree contracts with local tradesmen and organisations to help with aspects of the projects – builder, plumber, pig specialist, Pure Skills for welding and a specialist for the biogas installation.

We can measure how many people have access to the toilets and showers in total and how many get access independently. We can track the income generated and the number of individuals empowered to contribute towards generating the income. The residents can provide feedback on the improved quality of life.

Linda Farm is a community for people living with disabilities. The land was donated by the government in the 1960s and supports around 13 families, plus hundreds of people that don’t live on the farm.

The first two toilet blocks have been built and the piggery has started. A specialist has advised on the right preparations and work will be underway soon.

We are in the fundraising process for the next set of ablution blocks.