Public Environmental Health

Public Environmental Health

This department’s core activity is to promote community economic strengthening by reducing vulnerability, promoting resilience and enhancing the community of Chimanimani’s capacity to cope with shocks. The department aims to ‘wean’ small subsistence farmers from solely relying on donations. Community Economic Strengthening has covered farmer produce value chains; household & group processing units; marketing linkages for smallholder produce (including organic & fair-trade products Focusing on a ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) mentality the department provides farmers with solutions on how best to increase their income as households thus improving their quality of life and nutrition. Over the years this has been achieved through skills training on value addition through food processing. In addition the department contributed to farmers having access to funds through use of savings and lending schemes as (SALS) and provides the farmers with subsidised transport giving them access to the market. It drives inter-community linkages that are viable and ensure that the community itself is self sustaining. Having a market-driven principle the department integrates with sustainable agriculture such that farmers grow quality produce that meets the growing demand for organic products. The department largely emphasises on promoting fair trade and organic stakeholder collaboration, increase farmers’ marketing and food processing skills as well as their access to lucrative markets (Chimani Delights, export markets). It seeks to strengthen farmer value chain, energise smallholder agriculture through increased participation of youths by having a youth focused agripreneurs programme – targeting and supporting start-ups with business development services and linking Young Agripreneurs to lucrative markets including Chimani Delights.




Community Health and Hygiene.
The department is implementing a project which seeks to “Mitigate Climate Change through Social and Economic Empowerment of Chimanimani small holder farmers”. The project is funded by Bread for the World. Under this project the department has spearheaded the prevention of key health threats promotes health, hygiene, advocates to improve access to clean, safe and affordable water. It is through this project that TSURO has managed to:
a) Enhance community health and hygiene by strengthening the capacity of Health Professionals, Community Health Clubs (CHCs), Psychosocial Support Groups (PSSGs), Youth Clubs (YCs), Farmer Action Learning Groups (FALGs) & TSURO Village Groups (TVGs) to;

  • Promote good nutrition – increase knowledge about healthy foods; how to prepare them; promoting production of small grains;
  • Prevent key health threats – increase knowledge about key health threats, how to prevent them & how to manage them;
  • Promote Food Safety;

b) Increase household access to safe portable water and sanitation through community mobilization and mapping;
c) Protecting vulnerable populations – support orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), the elderly, people living with disability, people with mental illnesses through an emergency fund for legal and or medical aid; and
d) Promote young people’s sexual and reproductive health rights (integrated in economic activities – marketing value chains for agricultural produce by youths). Mental Health

The department is also partnering with COMIC Relief to implement the project entitled “Promoting mental health, well-being and resilient livelihoods in Chimanimani”. The project seeks to enable 15,000 people with mental illnesses in Chimanimani district, Zimbabwe, to lead healthy and productive lives, by supporting them to access appropriate community mental health services, participate in support groups, improve their livelihoods, tackle stigma and discrimination, and advocate for improved policy implementation.

The project seeks to ensure that:

  • 1. People with mental health conditions are accessing appropriate and effective community-oriented mental health services;
  • 2. People with mental health conditions are participating in community-based groups and support networks;
  • 3. People with mental health conditions and their families have improved livelihoods, food security and nutrition;
  • 4. Stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness are reduced; and
  • 5. National legislation and policies on mental health are influenced by the project’s activities
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Support to health services in Chimanimani
TSURO is implementing a project funded by MDM Swiss which seeks to “Support the recovery of health services in Chimanimani district”. The project aims to contribute to the recovery of people’s health in Chimanimani district, post cyclone Idai. The project has the following outcomes:

  • 1. SRH services in four public health facilities are recovered and improved (Muchadziya, Mutsvangwa, Nyabamba and Ngorima)
  • 2. The impact of the cyclone and its aftermath on people’s psychological well-being is mitigated through access to appropriate mental health services. Resilience from Cyclone Idai Disaster.

TSURO being a resident organization in Chimanimani district was highly active in the work relief and recovery work through implementation of Post Cyclone Idai Resilience for early recovery project. This was made possible through partnership with REPSSI in 9 wards of Chimanimani district (10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 22, 21, and 23.) The Project aimsto enhance the outcomes of post Idai reconstruction through building resilience with an emphasis on adolescents in Chimanimani and has the following strategic outcomes:

  • 1. Enhanced capacity of local service providers in Psycho Social Support (PSS) , including responding to grief and working as a community for reconstruction;
  • 2. Supportive and responsive health and education service provision with an emphasis on adolescent boys and girls and adolescent parents.
  • 3. Enhanced national support for PSS provision, including national PSS guidelines,
  • 4. Response by others nationally and regionally influenced by sharing of experience

Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management

Knowledge management department is the department that carries out the monitoring, evaluation, accountability, learning and advocacy work for the organisation. The department leverages the best available and most relevant knowledge based on both evidence and practice, from internal and external sources. The department is mandated to carry out programmes tracking so as to assess the performance of the organisation’s interventions to improve the current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impacts. This assists in measuring if TSURO programs are being implemented according to the plan also tracking progress towards specific targets for transparency, accountability and lessons learnt. It provides a way to assess the crucial link between implementers and beneficiaries on the ground and decision makers, it adds to the retention and development of institutional memory, providing a more robust basis for raising funds and influencing policy change. The department gathers knowledge in the five knowledge centres in the communities, thereby creating a much stronger capacity to maximize field experience and the knowledge generated through engagement in community initiatives. It is the knowledge base were all TSURO documentation processes are done with participating farmers linked up with GPS, mapping, documentation of activities, human interest stories, public presentations, video filming, lessons learnt across programmes, and sharing these lessons. The department produces newsletters – TSURO News, Annual Public Summary of Activities (APSAs), short films/videos of best practices, biopic documentaries, posters, fliers and pamphlets. It also monitors the social media platforms like the TSURO website, Facebook page, WhatsApp groups and develops content for sharing in all these platforms. The department is responsible for the production of reports, carrying out of surveys ,data collection, collation and analysis using statistical softwares.The department carries out participatory data collection or crowd sourcing to facilitate and accelerate information, knowledge sharing and social mobilisation ensuring that communities establish benchmarks, develop and track milestones for their social action.


Economic Strengthening Department – funded by Bread for the World

Economic Strengthening Department – funded by Bread for the World

This department’s core activity is to promote community economic strengthening by reducing vulnerability, promoting resilience and enhancing the community of Chimanimani’s capacity to cope with shocks. The department aims to ‘wean’ small subsistence farmers from solely relying on donations. Community Economic Strengthening has covered farmer produce value chains; household & group processing units; marketing linkages for smallholder produce (including organic & fair-trade products Focusing on a ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) mentality the department provides farmers with solutions on how best to increase their income as households thus improving their quality of life and nutrition. Over the years this has been achieved through skills training on value addition through food processing. In addition the department contributed to farmers having access to funds through use of savings and lending schemes as (SALS) and provides the farmers with subsidised transport giving them access to the market. It drives inter-community linkages that are viable and ensure that the community itself is self sustaining. Having a market-driven principle the department integrates with sustainable agriculture such that farmers grow quality produce that meets the growing demand for organic products. The department largely emphasises on promoting fair trade and organic stakeholder collaboration, increase farmers’ marketing and food processing skills as well as their access to lucrative markets (Chimani Delights, export markets). It seeks to strengthen farmer value chain, energise smallholder agriculture through increased participation of youths by having a youth focused agripreneurs programme – targeting and supporting start-ups with business development services and linking Young Agripreneurs to lucrative markets including Chimani Delights.


Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (SANRM)

Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (SANRM)

TSURO's core activities are on sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. The objectives are to strengthen the ability to self-organize rural communities, increase agricultural production, food and seed sovereignty, sustainable management of pasture and water catchment areas and adaptation to climate change.

SANRM is a specialised department of TSURO Trust with efforts to defeat hunger, climate change and environmental degradation. The main goal is to achieve food security at household level through supporting smallholder farmers in Chimanimani District at the same time making sure that people have regular access to enough high quality food. Under the department of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, TSURO is involved in innovative Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM) approach, promotion of food availability, promote livestock health and offspring moreover inclusive and participatory approaches to climate change and watershed management (CC&WSM), soil and water management, seed, food and nutrition security and sovereignty as well as community-based protection of species and biodiversity. Under the SANRM, TSURO endeavours to strengthen an increasing number of seed producers on small farms of Chimanimani through training in Agro ecology and organic farming practices, sound Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) seed production, and exchanging seed and knowledge in seed study groups. SANRM facilitates the setting up of agro ecology farmer learning centres, provision of starter packs to seed producers, smallholder farmers and other agricultural inputs to TSURO members and non TSURO members who are vulnerable throughout the district. To enhance sustainability a Seed bank has been enacted for seed storage for future use as well as a platform for knowledge sharing on seed and other diversified agricultural practices. The department has also been involved in training of beekeepers in a bid to alleviate poverty amongst small holder farmers this has been strengthened through provision of Kenya Top Bar (KTB) hives and beekeeping equipment for starters. All this and more has been made possible through working in partnership with Seed and Knowledge Initiated (SKI), Primates World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF), Tudor Trust, Cotswold Foundation, Weltfriedensdienst e.V. (World For Peace -WFD), LandsAid, Comic Relief, Bread for the World ,Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB).


Overview of projects
Seed and Knowledge Initiative funded by SKI
The project seeks to increased adoption and production of traditional Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) seed varieties especially small grains, increased adoption of agro ecology practices, improved Trade and exchange network, Advocacy, enhanced farmers research and Seed banking, entrepreneurship in seed and fertilizers- bulky supply and strategic producers in organic manure. Theprogramme promotes practical training for agro ecology including soil improvement. The project has assisted community to venture in participatory initiatives so as to generate knowledge of what is happening to their communities in terms of food security and the communities have been influential in deciding ways to promote food security as well as ways to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Strategies for Rural Community Resilience in Zimbabwe funded by Weltfriedensdienst e.V. (World for Peace -WFD)
The objectives of the project are to strengthen the ability to self-organize rural communities, increase agricultural production, food and seed sovereignty, sustainable management of pasture and water catchment areas and adaptation to climate change, involved in innovative Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM) approaches, the initiative has led to the rehabilitation of pasture areas, as evident in the improvement of land cover, increasing biodiversity and water storage capacity. Better food availability has promoted animal health and offspring moreover, including inclusive and participatory approaches to climate change and watershed management (CC&WSM), soil and water management, seed, food and nutrition security and sovereignty as well as community-based protection of species and biodiversity. The project supports women into venturing into livestock management a territory which was considered as male dominated.

Chimanimani Farmer Action Learning Nutrition Security funded by Primates World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF)
TSURO Trust identified the need for a nutritional sound community since the community had been hard hit by several drought spells, inconsistent rainfalls as such came up with a group of 100 source farmers selected from Farmer Action Learning Groups (FALGs) and Community Health Clubs (CHCs). The project promotes practical actions to nutrition security through establishment of demonstration plots. Soil fertility improvement, nutrition deficit and land degradation are the key fundamentals of the project, therefore, the project offers trainings on agro-ecological practices to 100 source farmers for them to practice at their homesteads at the same time influencing other farmers within the district. Crop diversity is promoted under the project as it is fundamental to pest control and management. The project promoted women emancipation and harmonious families through trainings on gender and relationship building. Chimanimani Cyclone Idai Relief and Recovery Project funded by LandsAid LandsAid project aims to help the community of Chimanimani to recovery from the shocks caused by the aftermath of Cyclone Idai that struck Chimanimani on the 15th of March 2019. Three project thematic areas have been identified which are sanitation and hygiene, small livestock production, organic food and fruit production. Vulnerable households have been selected and trained on fruit tree propagation as well as provided with grafting and budding tools. Forests were greatly damaged during the Cyclone Idai period, therefore in collaboration with Forestry Commission, the project will provide natural tree seedlings to the community. The project has also ensured that the community households have access to improved sanitation facilities through the provision of materials and construction of Blair toilets. It assisted mostly women and the disabled even in the creation of disability friendly toilets. The project also seeks to alleviate poverty and hunger in the district through support for beekeepers and provision of honey harvesting kits. Beekeeping project funded by Cotsworld Foundation The intention of the project is to invigorate beekeeping in Chimanimani District. Young adults, women and men are incorporated in the project aiming to have a long run sustainability in the uptake of Kenyan Top Bar hives, quality honey production with improved processing, packaging and market skills.

Bread for the world (EWDE)
The intention of the project is to support agro-ecological practices and strengthen 22 agro ecology led farmers in the District. The main aim being able to optimize the interaction between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that needs to be addressed for a sustainable and fair food system. The project strengthens productive capacity of AE farmers through trainings. In this project, TSURO focuses on strengthening the intensive adoption of agroecological innovations in the Chimanimani and in Manicaland Province. It seeks to bring an improvement in the productive capacity of agroecology enterprises as well as an increase in the adoption of AE by the smallholder farming communities. The project shall support the setting up of practical large-scale agroecology demonstration sites at lead farmer farmers’ fields, which shall serve as working examples of practical agro ecology. These will engage the youth within the district. These will be linked to commercial productive activities. These young people will be trained to be champions of AE in their areas. To enhance sustainability of the demonstration sites, TSURO will link the sites to commercial productive activities like production of organic and or bio-fertilizers, where appropriate technology shall be procured and set up to support the production of organic amendments and livestock Moreover, the project seeks to empower young black smiths through training and equipping them in the production of appropriate technologies for seed drying, seed storage, and the processing of small grains. TSURO will work with the department of Climate Change of Bindura University to build the resilience and preparedness of the communities in disaster risk management. Community hazard profiling (hazard mapping) shall be done so as to develop a comprehensive disaster preparedness plan and disaster risk management. The project shall also support the establishment of a hazard forecasting/prediction station. Degraded and lands and ecosystems damaged by cyclone Idai shall be rehabilitated during the project life cycle. Land protection and water harvesting measures shall be done through the establishment of large-scale gabions and swales.