A survey by this paper revealed that most residents were taking part in the
food for programme and getting assistance from NGOs in form of vouchers to
In an interview, residents, mostly from high-density suburbs such as
Hunyani.Mupata and Chikonohono hailed the NGOs saying the programme has
given them hope as they can now afford to access some basic commodities such
as soap, salt and cooking oil.
Mike Mukuwapasi (33) said apart from benefiting from the programme, the food
for work programme has changed the face of the town.
“We really thank the NGOs for coming to our rescue. We are now able to meet
some of our basic needs such as food,” he said, adding that the programme
has also changed the face of the town.
The food for work is being carried out in Chinhoyi urban wards two and three
and five, as well as satellite town of Alaska and Shekleton.
The residents, mostly widows and unemployed youths receive a US$25 voucher
from the NGOs.The programme has also been hailed by many environmentalists
for giving the town a new facelift and protecting environment from
“The food for work programme is a good initiative as it does not benefit
residents financially but also improve the face of the town,”
said a local environmentalist Ronald Zhangazha.
Residents have joined hands to clean areas such as libraries, bus terminus
and clinics while the NGOs have supplied equipment. Mercy Corps and CADEC
are some of the NGOs involved in the programme.
Ends.Post published in: News