The Neighbour Outreach Programme (NOP) is the vehicle by which Singita Pamushana and the Malilangwe Trust achieve their community-development goals. It aims to make a lasting contribution to the local economy, the quality of education and to build awareness among the youth about the value of the country’s wildlife and cultural heritage.
Significantly, its school-feeding programme provides a fortified meal of corn-soya porridge to some 19 000 children each school day. This has a positive and measurable impact on the nutritional health and well-being of all these children, and also on school attendance at primary schools.
The NOP is also focused on food security, a critical issue at this time in Zimbabwe’s history. It facilitated the establishment of irrigated vegetable gardens that enable communities to grow their own food. Vegetables grown in excess of their own consumption needs are sold to generate income for the farming groups. In addition, the commencement of a Money for Honey bee-keeping programme has commenced, as has a poultry project, which has become the key egg supplier to Singita Pamushana Lodge and the Malilangwe Reserve.
The NOP is actively involved in the provision of community infrastructure, including the building and equipping of clinics and school buildings. The Malilangwe Trust is also in partnership with Tunza, a group that uses drama to educate youths and adults about the dangers of HIV and AIDS.