Food for work programme brought relief to residents

CHINHOYI-The food for work programme being initiated by NGOs such as Mercy Corps and Cadec in the town has brought relief to cash strapped residents who are failing to access elusive foreign currency.

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

purchase food.

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.


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