Chikukwa Ecological Land Use Community Trust (CELUCT) is a Chimanimani based organization registered under a deed of trust with the registrar`s office in 1996 in Zimbabwe. The initial focus of the organization was Sustainable Agriculture & Natural Resources Management which aimed at addressing environmental challenges faced by the Chikukwa community such as lack of safe drinking water, overgrazing and land degradation.
With the passage of time, the organization attracted funding from the donor community and expanded its work into different wards within the Chimanimani district. Apart from expanding its geographical coverage in the area of Sustainable Agriculture, CELUCT has grown to the extent of addressing other thematic areas such as Child Protection and Peace-building at district level.
Community mobilization, non-funded community initiatives/activities in sustainable agriculture
Registration of the trust at registrar`s office in Harare.
Well funded programs in Sustainable Agriculture in Chikukwa ward 10
Low funding. Conflicts/crisis phase
Strategic planning for a conflict transformation program. Advent of the Building Constructive Community Relations [BCCR] program.
Capacity building course for conflict transformers. The 3 circles of knowledge manual developed.
The 3 circles of knowledge manual published. Conflict transformation processes in Chikukwa ward 10. Strategic planning for district program
Advent of the district child protection and youth program. Fundraising strategy for the district Peace-building program.
well funded programs [Sustainable Agriculture, Child Protection, Peace-building]
Strategic planning for 2020-2024.
PROGRAMMATIC STRATEGIC PILLARS
The three core programmatic areas of CELUCT will be the key Programmatic Strategic Pillars:
- Finance and Administration
- The Centre
- Policy and Governance
- Develop staff capacity to have a skilled and competent workforce by December 2024.
- Develop and implement a clear internal and external communication strategy.
- Enhance organizational visibility by engaging in networking, strategic and collaborative partnerships to effectively carry out the organization’s mandate.
- To be strategic and proactive in the mobilization of the organization’s resources to ensure organizational sustainability.
- Initiate and implement income generating activities around the centre.
- Develop a Business Plan for The Centre.
- Generate income through provision of services to the Chikukwa community and beyond.
- Ensure sound and efficient financial administration of The Centre.
- Develop a sustainable policy implementation strategy.
- Review and update policy documents.
CELUCT core values are the foundation of everything its does. The core values hold it together.
We are driven by a desire to serve the poor and marginalized communities.
We hold a higher opinion of community ownership, participation, involvement and commitment.
We are driven by the desire to serve the communities with a healthy Mind-set and feel empathy of each other, value each other as one to build a united and dynamic society.
We value our natural resources as our children will grow and live in that land.
Holding high opinion of each other and of others, valuing each other and nurturing the esteem of fellow farmers as well as keeping our promises.
We acknowledge and respect the role o traditional leaders and indigenous knowledge in enhancing the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized communities.
We are driven by the desire to upgrade the living standard of the entire Community and beyond.
We will work together, complementing each other, like bees – "like bees we shall work!".
We shall be open to each other and to our stakeholders in carrying out our work.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGIC PILLARS
Three key organizational strategic pillars were established:
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Child Protection
- District Peace Programme
- Build resilience to natural disasters through participatory action on environmental impact and climate change among affected communities by 2024.
- Mitigate poverty by improving food security at household level among smallholder farmers through innovative and sustainable land use design and diversification of agriculture production of crops and livestock by 2024.
- Rehabilitate selected grazing and degraded areas of interested communities by 2024.
- Enhance child safety in schools, the community and their environment.
- Increase awareness on environment and climate change in schools.
- Increase the number of OVCs benefiting from livelihoods projects like the ‘goat project’.
- Empower communities to be able to self-organize and deal with emerging conflicts in a participatory and constructive way.
- Support conflict transformation activities that promote fair access to resources and services for most vulnerable members of the community in 12 wards.
- Community healing friends and a variety of stakeholders are involved in individual and collective healing to help people suffering from mental distress and illnesses.
- Capacitate district peace committee and civil society in conflict transformation and peace building contributing to local advocacy and sustainable peace building in the district.
- Offer technical support to ward peace committees as they self-organize and implement activities in the district.