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What is Community

When I ask most people what community is, they think, first, of their neighbourhood. They think of the place where they live. They talk about the street where they live, their home, what is in it and surrounds it. They talk about the playground and parks, the schools that their children attend. They talk about places that they go to regularly; the coffee shop, the recreation center, the grocery store, their place of worship.

But community is more than just a place. It’s not just a building, or group of buildings. Community is about people. You can’t have a community with just one person. You need a group of people.

A common experience often brings people together, and creates a community. A common goal often brings people together to create community. Yet another aspect of community is that each member serves and is served by the community that it belongs to.

JB Dondolo is a community too. While some that Lumbie Mlambo is the public face to the organization, there are many others who are part of the community that makes this organization so powerful. Each one of us has special gifts, which we use to benefit the organization, and in order to achieve our common dream.

We are of one mind, one purpose, to refinish the Igusi Hospital. We do this so that the local people can have access to medical support and services that many of us here in North America take for granted. Birthing beds and post-delivery support for women, sanitary water for use in the hospital, a shelter that will prevent the rains from coming in, and that wont make people ill with the asbestos in the roof.

Some give their money to support us, and to those of you who are donating, I say Thank you! Others give their time; they provide administrative support, or help with the actual physical labor of tearing down and rebuilding the hospital. Some come from North America to help; others are already a part of the community that will be served by the hospital.

We are thankful for all the members of our community for their financial, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual support. In one of our upcoming posts, we’ll be featuring one of our volunteers and the work that they do to help us achieve our mission.

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Who’s Supporting You?

Whether you realize it or not, you have invisible supports that are helping you right now. There are people, institutions, and government bodies that have provided you with services and tools that you might not realize have been supporting you all along.

However, in areas such as Nyamandlovu, Zimbabwe, there are many missing supports. In this drought-prone area, many can’t produce enough food for their families. This lack of safe, plentiful water makes it difficult to meet the needs of the community, not just for food and drink, but also for sanitation and health.

When our father was alive, one of his visions was to refurbish the Igusi Hospital as a way as a way of giving back to the community. He began repairs to the hospital by installing electricity and working on the maternity ward plan, however, he was unable to see his vision completed.

My father’s name was Dondolo – which means “cane” or “support”. When he needed it, my father received assistance from his community. When he was able, he tried to return that kindness. Now that all his children are grown up, we have decided to create a non-profit organization (JB Dondolo) whose mission is to complete the work he started, by continuing to refurbish the Igusi hospital.

Our first challenge is getting safe, plentiful water to the hospital. Without this important resource, it will be difficult for doctors and nurses to create a sanitary environment.

Our next challenge will be replacing the corroded asbestos roof. As you know, asbestos is a toxic substance. We need to remove this roof, dispose of it safely, and put up a new one. We also need to replace the windows and doors, and repaint the facility. Then, we want to ensure that the hospital has adequate medical supplies to care for patients. This includes new bedding for the hospital beds, as well as more hospital beds. But we can’t do this alone. We need your support to complete this work, this legacy of our father’s generosity and kindness.

You have received years and years of blessings from your family, friends and community. Your charitable, tax-deductible donation to JB Dondolo, in memory of someone who has helped you, will help us leave a legacy of care for others. You can also comment here, with us a short story of the person that inspired you to give, and we may feature it in an upcoming blog post.

How Water Scarcity Impacts on Rural Zimbabwe Residents and Health

Water. It’s something that we in the Western Hemisphere take for granted. It’s easy to turn on the tap to get safe, clean drinking water. But what if your water supply suddenly ran dry? What if your water was making you (and your loved ones) sick? What would you do?

In rural Zimbabwe, this is more than just a rhetorical question. Water security is an issue that everyone is concerned about. In 2011, the government of Zimbabwe invested in having boreholes drilled to access water, especially for rural communities. However, of the 266 holes that were drilled, only 80 of them are currently functioning at full capacity, while most operate at much lower levels, especially during drought periods.

In the Nayamandlovu area, where the JB Dondolo organization is working to refurbish the Igusi Hospital, much of that water is being drawn away to Bulawayo, a city of more than 653,000 people. This is problematic because rural communities are then left with less water to care for the community.

This scarcity causes residents to prioritize what they will do with their water. Their first priority is having water for drinking and cooking. Water scarcity causes sanitation problems as people often opt not to perform certain duties in order to preserve what little water they have. They don’t wash their bodies or their clothes, and choose to relieve themselves in public rather than using a flush toilet. This problem of using public spaces for relieving oneself is partly what was linked to the outbreaks of typhoid and cholera in 2010.

Having access to plentiful and safe drinking water makes it possible for families to feed their families and to maintain hygiene. It also makes it possible for them to plant native plant species which are high in nutrients and also to help them care for small livestock, which helps alleviate poverty.

Our most critical need for the Igusi Hospital is to be able to provide the community with clean water. The Igusi School next door shares the same water line as the Hospital. However, that water is heavy with lime, and could easily be contaminated.

JB Dondolo’s fundraising efforts right now are focused on obtaining the equipment to suppress lime from the source water, to purify it so that it can be used in the hospital, and to have a safe, clean water delivery system implemented into the Hospital.

How can you help?

Please donate to JB Dondolo to help us finish the work that our father started!