The underlying principle of all ZCBF initiatives is that of self-sustainability. The ZCBF was set up as a facilitating agent meant to bring projects together with the people and funding to make them happen, nurture them to independence, then step back and watch them grow. This has not always been as simple as it sounds, and in the past this lead to the ZCBF becoming involved with the ongoing management of projects for extended periods of time, often becoming over-extended in terms of its resources. Over the past two to three years, there has been a strong focus on consolidation in the interest of the future sustainability of the organisation, and many of the early ZCBF initiatives and partnership projects are now operating independently.
Vegetable Seedlings to the Crèches
The ZCBF has donated various vegetable seedlings to 15 crèches which will encourage the children and local community to start home gardens to produce fresh vegetables. There is a great need for promoting healthy living lifestyles to children at a young age through planting and consumption of fresh vegetables. To strike the balance of good nutrition and health in the early stages of child development, fresh vegetables are essential for children's health. The vegetables produced will be used in the crèche kitchens to feed children. The surplus of vegetables will be donated to the most needy community members thus benefiting crèches and their surrounding communities.