Agriculture, Food & Water

This page highlights pictures from projects supported by Acts of Grace within the most recent five years.

Photos are listed in alphabetical order by charity name.  Click on the charity's name to be redirected to its website.  Click on the Grant Description link to learn more about each grant.  These pictures are used with the express permission of the organization that provided them and are not to be reproduced for any other purpose.

Bopoma Villages

The Healthy Homes Project (Zimbabwe)

Grant Year: 2018

Grant Description

  • Due to flooding followed by severe drought, the UN estimates that 60% of rural Zimbabweans will face dangerous food shortages by early 2020. With inflation at 175%, even basic food items are no longer affordable. Many families have only enough for one meal a day.  As part of this project, villagers are learning how to build key hole gardens and grow traditional nutrient-rich crops, which help to ensure food security for each family. Communities also receive extensive teaching on biointensive farming methods, nutrition and food preparation.  This equips communities to grow and feed their families a healthy and balanced diet.

    Pictured here: Esther loves her keyhole garden! She has three children to care for and only a small amount of dry, hard  land but she is now able to grow all of the vegetables her family needs to meet their nutritional needs.

  • Villagers are also learning how to use BioSand filters, which provide clean water for each home. Communities are learning how to build and use Tippy Taps for effective hand washing to reduce disease and infection.  They are also taught safe garbage and waste disposal as well as composting to prevent disease.

    Pictured here: “This tippy-tap has improved our health. We used to take  food with our hands not washed after using the toilet.” said Auxilia, a single mother. She testified that her family no longer experiences stomach pains since using a tippy-tap.

  • Through this project, villagers learn how to make and use rocket stoves.  This more efficient cooking method has fewer adverse effects to health than indoor coal fires because of less smoke and a well vented outdoor placement.

    Families partaking in the Healthy Homes project already report that they now have three meals daily and are able to include vegetables in these meals. They also report that they have more time for their gardens because they are healthier, don’t need to work in others’ gardens for food, and spend less time searching for firewood, and that their children are healthier and not missing school.

    Pictured here: Alice is a single mother who cares for 2 orphaned and 5 vulnerable children.  She is very grateful for her rocket stove which creates more heat with less wood and reduces her family's exposure to the dangers of toxic smoke.