Food Security project in Zimbabwe gaining momentum with Atlas Foundation joining Freddie’s Flowers and Old Mutual in backing the initiative

TRT Zimbabwe target over 20 community food production projects to be started in 2021.

2021 saw the launch of TRT Zimbabwes “food security in the community” project. All 80 of the Community Clubs were given the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness to take on a project that will help their community to sustainably produce food and for the young club members to play an active role in the set up and operation of the scheme. The Atlas Foundation have joined Old Mutual and Freddie’s Flowers in supporting the initiative.

Working Together
Club members pulling together to construct a broiler chicken enclosure

Successful community clubs have been awarded a grant to construct a community food production facility in their community. Initially, with the help of National Foods, we have focussed on creating broiler chicken enclosures sufficient for 50 birds. In time we will also be looking at layer programmes, rabbits, maize production and possibly crickets (the insects).

None of this would be possible without the combined support of our fantastic sponsors, the Atlas Foundation, Freddies Flowers and Old Mutual. All three saw the obvious impact that COVID restrictions had on the livlihoods of the families in the high density areas of Zimbabwe and threw their support behind our initiative.

Broiler Chicken enclosure under construction
The walls are going up

Freddie’s Flowers launch sustainability partnership with Tag Rugby Trust in Zimbabwe

In March this year Freddie’s Flowers were really excited to finalise the details of their first sustainability project partnership. Working with the Tag Rugby Trust (TRT) in Zimbabwe we have committed to supporting three specific community programmes in 2021 namely; funding the expansion of a female empowerment initiative, launching a street child programme in Bulawayo and Harare and finally to fund a five-site pilot project for small-scale community food production.

The sustainability team at Freddie’s were thrilled by the child centric, community engaged approach taken by TRT in all its work. Tinashe Shamu, Country Director for TRT in Zimbabwe, and his team are already getting active on all three of the Freddie’s Flowers projects. We will share more detailed information on the progress of their work with our customers throughout the year via social media posts and updates on the Freddie’s Flowers sustainability web pages.

In May this year Freddie’s Flowers & TRT will be announcing the details of an opportunity for their customers to get involved first hand … watch this space !

If you’d like to learn more about the partnership work, please contact info@tagrugbytrust.co.uk

“Ekhaya” has arrived at The Hub

TRT Zimbabwe is thrilled to announce the completion of the “TAG Ekhaya” nesteled next to The Hub at Harare Sports Ground. Ekhaya, an Ndebele word for “home”, is a converted shipping container. It has been modified to provide an office, secure storage and has a viewing platform on its roof ideal for watching rugby at HSC.

Since the opening of The Hub we have hosted a broad range of training and development events in the ground floor multi-purpose training room. Many of these have been to deliver TRT core training courses. We have also had corporates hire the facility for off-site management meetings, product launches and more recently to hold socially distanced board meetings. It has seen everything from the introduction to tag rugby Coach Level 1 to training on seeting up and running a chicken broiler project.

One challenge we had before the TAG Ekhaya was completed was interruptions to courses and meetings in The Hub by staff and volunteers going about their day to day work. Whilst this wasn’t a frequent issue, it meant we weren’t offering an ideal setting for the kind of meetings and events at The Hub. The completion of the TAG Ekhaya has solved that problem and we hope makes The Hub an even more attractive location for volunteer training and corporate events alike.

If you want to have a look around or book an event at The Hub contact tinashe@tagrugbytrust.co.uk

TRT Zimbabwe – Old Mutual Community League (Southern Finals)

The Southern region tag rugby finals were held at Hartsfield on 7 December 2018. Ten teams participated in these finals. These were Victoria Springboks, Ingagula from Hwange, Bulldogs from Cowdry Park Bulawayo, Sogwala from Gweru, Budiriro from Gweru, Hallam from Plumtree, Brumbles from Bulawayo and Mpofini from Esigodini.

The tournament started soon after the welcome note at 0900 by Wonder which was followed by Lord’s prayer, national Anthem and some presentations. All teams played with great determination, everyone working hard to try and

win the tournament. It was a clash of giants, no team was a push up in this final. A team from Hwange proved to be the giant of the giants on the field of play as it was a hard nut to crack. The giants were reduced to size and were finally termed by Ingagula. This left the defending champions speechless and with no option but to surrender the floating trophy to the Ingagula. The new champions were now walking in air. A leap for joy was seen amongst the winners.
An interview which was conducted by Patrick Ngwenya to the winning coach Mr Joseph Ndlovu on the secret of their success showed that he had thoroughly preprared for that final. He explained that they trained almost every day. He said he was over the moon because of their victory. The Head of Sogwala Primary also expressed her profound gratitude to the ZimbabweTag Rugby Trust for introducing tag rugby in her community as it has brought about positive behavior charge amongst the pupils. One of the things she mentioned was the community work which her school was doing which has positively, impacted on their community.

She recommended that more tag rugby courses should be conducted in Lower Gweru so that more schools participate in this sport. Finally I want to thank the TRT, Old Mutual and other sponsors for making this tournament a success.

Looking forward to a fruitful 2019
Patrick Ngwenya
Hartsfield, Bulawayo.