Nothando Mpofu, trainee reporter for Zicora Mobile Network in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (31 January 2012)-Farmers in Luveve, a high density suburb in Bulawayo, are happy that police finally sent some agents to prevent the now rampant banditry targeting mainly the nutrition gardens meant for HIV positive people in the area.
In 2009 World Vision, a charity, provided land for nutrition gardens for the elderly and those living positively in the suburb of Luveve. World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
These gardens help in sustaining those living positively and the elderly as they get some income from selling the produce. In an interview with one of the beneficiaries Nomsa Ndebele she said, “I joined this project in 2010 and it has been very helpful but the challenge we are facing are thieves”.
The challenge they have been facing over the past years is thieves stealing from their gardens. Since the beginning of 2012 they have hired police to guard overnight.
These gardens are a source of income for these women, 70 year old Sharon Nkomo said, “These gardens have helped me to take care of my two grandchildren.”
They have a borehole that was specifically drilled for this project and the dry spell that is cast over Bulawayo does not affect their productivity.