Earlier this month, the Rotary Club of Victoria Falls held a virtual awards ceremony to present their annual awards to members who have excelled in a particular area and who have shown outstanding dedication to community development and to serving the community to improve lives. The award for Community Champion of the Year was awarded to their Projects coordinator Sipho Moyo, who is also the Community Outreach Director at Jafuta Foundation.

Through both his role at Jafuta Foundation and with the Rotary Club of Victoria Falls, Sipho has shown immense commitment to serving the community throughout the covid pandemic and has spearheaded a number of projects which have benefited the wider communities living in and around Victoria Falls. A number of the projects which Sipho has worked on have been focused on water, sanitation and community vegetable gardens.

Below is just a highlight of some of these projects:-

  • 3 Boreholes drilled by Jafuta Foundation in partnership with the Rotary Club of Victoria Falls
  • 1 Community Garden at Sizinda Village done in Partnership with Jafuta Foundation
  • The Chidobe Ward Community Led Sustainable Water and Sanitation project – which aimed to construct 1000 blair toilets to reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and prevent out breaks of diarrhoeal related diseases. Rotary Club of Victoria Falls became the major contributor to the project and have ensured that the village achieves zero open defecation status by donating close to 800 bags of Cement for 160 households that had no toilets. In total since 2019, this project has managed to construct 651 toilets in Chidobe Ward and is left with 349 to reach its target of 1000 toilets.

In discussion with Sipho following his award, he mentioned that none of the work would have been possible without the support of stakeholders and donors, and that the real thanks goes to all those who continue to support the objectives of Jafuta Foundation and the Rotary Club of Victoria Falls. “Special thanks are to be given to Shearwater, Wild Horizons, Shock wave, Children In the Wilderness, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, the New Zambezi Crocodile Farm and all other organisations and individuals who continue to give so generously towards the well-being of the wider community in and around Victoria Falls,” said Sipho.

Jafuta Foundation is currently constructing a Women and Youth Empowerment Centre at Dibutibu in Chisuma Village which is going to be a vocational skills training centre. If you would like to get in touch to support this project kindly visit the Jafuta Foundation website

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