Located in rural Chiredzi, EFT operates a food aid outreach, university scholarships for community youth, and a micro-agricultural program which increases localized crop yielding by 300%.
EFT was originally established to provide educational scholarships for the children of a local gardener, Elias Sithole. When Eric and Scott of the Elias Fund went to Zimbabwe in 2005 the seeds were sown for the creation of a full-fledge foundation. The Ballance and Davy families have been an integral part of the Foundation since it’s inception, with Mr. Alex Ndoda a welcome addition bringing a wealth of wisdom in dealing with human and cultural issues.
The Foundation now operates a food aid outreach for the nation’s blind community. This outreach provides monthly food stuffs to over 250 families whose head-of-household is blind. EFT also offers university scholarships for community youth and are close to implementing a micro-agricultural training program, which is capable of increasing local crop yielding by 300%.
The hard-working members of EFT are at the forefront of crisis relief for Zimbabwe’s forgotten rural population, and as life-long community members of Chiredzi, their efforts reflect the creative possibilities inherently present to indigenous responses to poverty.