Growing sustainable communities, one family at a time
Fruitful Harvest Ministries
Fruitful Harvest: Using Zimbabwean Products to Help Zimbabwean Children
Fruitful Harvest is a little organization we just LOVE! After moving to Zimbabwe from California in 2011, Jeff and Tammy Scorziell launched Fruitful Harvest. With little experience in farming arena, Tammy felt God's nudge to launch this organization and launch it she did! Fruitful Harvest has been growing much more than produce over the recent years - Hope has sprouted in the lives of many Zimbabwean orphans through the work of this Ministry.
Since it's start, the organization has worked primarily with two main orphanages. Their work in utilizing the grounds for business agriculture will allow the orphanages to transition into being 80% sustainable. The farm land is currently being used to raise chickens, goats, rabbits, and to grow produce. The food is eaten and sold to local restaurants, the proceeds are then poured back into Fruitful Harvest or the orphanages. Currently, Fruitful Harvest is expanding to care for more poorer orphanages through daily egg donations. The farm also provides a training ground for the older students to learn to work the land and the agricultural business. We just can't say enough about what God is doing with this small organization!
Check 'em out on Facebook at Fruitful Harvest Ministries
Burombo Bead Making
Named after an area known as Burombo (poverty) Flats. There are 13 ladies that live on this block of flats that have chosen to work together for the greater good of their community. This block was chosen because of the overwhelming challenges faced by its residents. Living space is a struggle as it is not uncommon to find two families sharing one room. This leads to children being exposed to sexual activities at an early age and young mothers. Some of these women have been affected by HIV/AIDS directly, others are indirectly affected and are taking care of ill children or an ill spouse. Earning a living is very difficult in this area, especially if one's health is poor and only able to do light work. In order to better their families and communities, these innovative women are coming together through the income generating project, Burombo Bead Making. The women participate in a Bible study group, mentoring, and hand crafting the beads. They work together to sell the jewelry locally through churches and have recently applied for a stall to sell jewelry at the City Hall building.
The beads are constructed by the women using 100% paper. They each hand paint and varnish the beads before forming each necklace.
Lewis Drum Industries & Drums of Peace
Lewis Drum Industries
Lewis Drum Industries is a creative and innovative manufacturing company of African drums and other African percussion instruments. It was fully established in 1997, under the leadership of Lewis Ndlovu a renowned drummer with vast experience in drums and drumming. Lewis Drum Industries has worked with and supplied a number of individuals and schools in and around the country. In the early years Lewis Drum Industries began in the Amakhosi Cultural Centre then moved to National Gallery in Bulawayo where it is currently based.
Lewis Drum Industries manufactures, produces, and supplies high quality African Traditional Instruments to all with an active interest. We strive to create employment, grow the country's economy, and inspire innovation.
Drums of Peace
Drums of Peace is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 with the purpose of nurturing and developing the artistic talents inherent in the peoples of Zimbabwe. Drums of Peace focuses on training and educating adults and children through the use of the arts and drumming, building a sense of community, self worth, and cross cultural awareness, as well as empowering musicians through employment opportunities.
Drums of Peace is a community oriented organization dedicated to the preservation of culture by drawing on indigenous traditions and inner personal strengths. This approach breaks barriers created by caste, color and creed using the universal language of the drum. Additionally it functions to create cooperation, collaboration and community resource building within the larger society with the intention of enabling Zimbabweans to be confident in themselves and proud of their culture.
Drums of Peace activities include:
Workshops: These are designed to educate musicians and artists allowing them to become leaders in the community and ambassadors for Drums of Peace. They become cultural change agents in a sustainable and transferable model.
Community Service: Community Service in schools, orphanages, and other social, athletic and educational institutions. These programs are designed to enhance the ability of the participants to listen, communicate, connect and discover their self worth.
Roots for Zimbabwe is partnering with Lewis Drum Industries & Drums of Peace because we believe in the powerful impact it is having on the people of Zimbabwe. We hope to support these organizations primarily through drum sales as well as through direct donations.
All drums are hand crafted by Lewis Ndlovu, using a local oak wood from the Umkusu Tree in the Northern Part of Zimbabwe. If you are interested in purchasing a drum, please contact us at: RootsForZimbabwe@gmail.com