Zimbabwe: Upgrade to existing Aquaponic Fish Farm
Date: March - April 2016
Project type: Upgrade to existing Aquaponic Fish Farm (improved design)
Partners: Hear The Cry and Hands of Hope/Habitation
Project Cost: $17,326
Size and Capacity
70’x 45’: Greenhouse and shade house footprint
12,000 gallons: Recirculating water (45,000+ liters)
6/4000 liter: Plastic fish tanks
20,000 liters: Deep water filtration
12,000 fish: Niloticous Tilapia: fingerling to 1lb within 11-14 months
2000 plants: Over 8000 vegetable producing plants, yielding vegetables all year
US Dept. of State: Tier 2 Watchlist (recently Tier 3)
Victimization: Sexual, labor trafficking, genocide recovery, recruitment of child soldiers
Zimbabwe has a long history of political corruption and is currently one of the most economically stagnant countries in Africa. The country’s unemployment rate is massive, with less than 11 percent of the population employed in formal jobs. Approximately 60 percent of the population is younger than 25 years of age. There are an estimated 50,000 or more child-headed households, with the eldest child usually taking responsibility, as parents are either deceased or simply absent. Due to severe economic hardship and the scarcity of food and resources, children and adults are bought and sold for labor and sex in periodic or permanent servitude. This is not the way humans were meant to live. They must receive help.
Hands of Hope is an organization working throughout Zimbabwe to care for orphans and at-risk children in a variety of ways, such as providing food to rural villages and partnering homes that support these children. Recently, new homes have been built at the Habitation property to increase their capacity.
Habitation, a branch of HOH located about 45 minutes outside of Harare, Zimbabwe, is a place of refuge for orphaned and victimized children. Habitation hosts camps for orphans and their caretakers and teaches young people about new methods of sustainability, aquaponics, raising chickens, and crop farming. Educating the youth with practical skills and offering apprenticeship programs empowers youth to become independent by the time they age out of orphan programs. By building a fish farm on the property, FFC contributes protein, vegetables, and sustainable livelihood to these children all year.