By Tendai Sahondo
Mudzi District in Mashonaland East Province still reels from the nightmarish 2009 Cholera outbreak, which snatched away loved ones and left many children orphaned.
Access to safe water over the years had evolved into a mountainous challenge with 615 hand pumps malfunctioning.
However, thanks to the Rural Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project implemented by the Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe (FCTZ), the people of Mudzi can now access clean water much easily, securing their hopes and dreams for a brighter future.
In an interview with Zim24News, FCTZ WASH Manager, Barnabas Muhoma, said the project has positively affected the lives of people living in Mudzi District.
“FCTZ partnered UNICEF funded by DFID in repairing 467 hand pumps. We also established a solar powered piped water scheme, which is benefiting 2880 men, women and children. The communities also constructed 2100 self-sponsored Blair Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines (BVIP), resulting in 40 villages in the district attaining Open Defecation Free status,” he said.
A total of 229 250 members of the community now have access to safe water. The repaired boreholes have also reduced the burden of women who usually fetched water from an average of 2 kilometers to just 500 metres. Thousands of villagers now have access to improved sanitation facilities resulting in a marked reduction of cases of diarrhoea in the target Wards.
Mudzi District Chief Executive Officer, Victor Nyamutswa expressed his gratitude to FCTZ and it’s partners for the timely intervention.
“As Mudzi District we have always budgeted for WASH, however the Rural WASH project extension has given us the momentum to push forward with WASH issues that are critical to the health and wellness of the Mudzi people,” he said.
Since the formation of the organization, over 200 000 vulnerable households have benefited from FCTZ’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Health and HIV and AIDS, Education (Early Childhood and Basic Education), Sustainable Livelihoods (Livestock and Crop production Support, Internal Savings and Lending , Income Generating Activities), Food Aid (Vulnerable Group Feeding, School and Child Supplementary Feeding), and Advocacy programmes.