Exploring the sustainability of Non-Governmental Organisations led poverty alleviation initiatives: A case of Silveira House in ward 8 of Bindura Rural District
The research focused on exploring the sustainability of Non-Governmental Organisation led poverty alleviation initiatives with Silveira House as the case study. Silveira House is a Jesuit Social Justice and Development Centre and a Catholic church based organisation operating in ward 8 of Bindura rural district. To collect information from respondents, the study used questionnaires and interviews which were administered to the community. The study applied a case study design and the objectives of the study were to identify the socio-economic challenges facing ward 8 of Bindura rural, examine poverty alleviation strategies by Silveira House, evaluate the sustainability of Silveira House Intervention as well as assess the level of community participation in poverty alleviation. The participatory development approach by De Beer and Swanepoel formed the basis of the conceptual framework. The findings reflected that the poverty alleviation strategies used by Silveira House in ward 8 of Bindura rural are sustainable however the community remains poor due to the fact that the community members have a dependency syndrome and some of them do not want to participate in development projects. Therefore Silveira House is playing a crucial role by providing income generating projects but should also focus much on infrastructure improvement.