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Organic Farm Founder WALKS THE GRAND UNION CANAL as her annual fundraising activity for Vana Trust charity in 2015.

Nyasha Gwatidzo, Founding Director of Vana Trust, takes on The Grand Union Canal from its source in Birmingham to the finish in London, walking the 145 miles from the 3rd August to the 7th July 2015.

Nyasha hopes to raise the rest of the monies needed to buy the livestock barn at Vana Trust’s working farm which helps vulnerable children and adults to gain confidence and skills through farming and gardening.

painting tearoom

‘We are doing spring cleaning at Vana Trust Farm including painting our newly renovated tea room. Great fun was had by all.’

Nyasha Finishes Her 183 Mile Walk

Nyasha FINISHED HER 183 MILE WALK at 4.18pm at the Thames Barrier this afternoon and is feeling exhilarated but ready for a sit down..!

Rt. Hon. John Bercow, MP visits Vana Trust Organic Farm Fete

Our Farm Fete on 28th June was a wonderful day with fun had by all. We were very honoured to welcome Rt. Hon. John Bercow, MP to our fete. Mr. Bercow spent a considerable time touring the farm with manager, Sharon Callow. He was very interested in how growing fruit and vegetables and taking care of animals had a positive influence on people with learning and emotional challenges.

We would like to thank everyone who made the Fete such a great success.

Vimbai Goes To University

We, at Vana Trust, are so proud of Vimbai. She is the first Vana Trust student to go to university.

Always a very capable student, we have supported Vimbai since she was five and part of the first group that we sponsored at St. David’s School in Zimbabwe.

Vimbai did exceptionally well in all her exams. She continued on to 6th form college after St. David’s. This meant that she had to walk a staggering 22 miles round trip every day to school. This kind of determination will take her far and we are sure you agree that this is a young woman who deserves all the help that we can give.

Vana Trust is a UK registered charity (Number 1105276) set up in June 2004. “Vana” is the Shona word for children and the charity was established with the aim of advancing good health and education for children and young adults in Africa and the UK.

St David’s School project currently funds school costs of nearly 100 children affected by HIV/AIDS at primary and secondary schools. Our school "Breakfast Club" now feeds nearly 500 children. Our support for a child sponsored by Vana Trust continues after leaving St. David’s school with further education or training if that child so desires.

Vana Organic Farm project is an eco-friendly 8 acre farm set up with the aim of unlocking the potential of children and young adults with special needs, behavioural and emotional problems within the tranquillity of an organic farm. The farm opened in September 2009 and is located in Buckinghamshire, UK.

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