Melfort Farm Project
Melfort Farm Project, Goromonzi District in Mashonaland East Province.
Melfort Farm Project is located 41.5km along Harare Mutare road and has a total of 25 inmates, 6 are females and the rest are men. It is a community home for displaced and destitute older persons and found in the Goromonzi District. (Ruwa)
History of the Centre.
Melfort Farm project was formed in 1970 with the aim of providing accommodation to former refugees or squatters and to promote aged urban squatters with opportunities for self help mutual aid and productive agricultural activities as an alternative to institutional care. The home was then registered in 1982 and came under HelpAge Zimbabwe administration in 2005. It has an arable land and a garden in which vegetables can be grown for relish and others for sale. They are also involved in goat, poultry, and rabbit rearing. These projects are meant to improve food security. Other projects included candle making and mash room production. The home, like Mazowe river Bridge lack constant donors and as a result they face financial challenges. There are no nurse aids to look after those who cannot look after themselves properly. The home does not have transport to ferry sick older persons to hospital in emergency cases. The inmates require at list 300kg of mealie- meal per month, meat, soya mince, laundry soap, one bar per inmate, detergents as well as medication.