Practical Action: Mutare residents benefit

Practical Action Southern Africa and the City of Mutare have formed a Public Private Partnership to set up joint brick moulding, waste management and plumbing projects in Sakubva.

The projects are designed to uplift the living standards of residents and improve the management and protection of the environment.Practical Action donated 100 bags of cement to each group of residents involved in brick moulding projects.

Those doing plumbing will receive tools and expertise to complement council efforts to reduce loss of water through leakages.

“We are doing well because we have clinched a tender in ArdaTransau where families from Marange are being relocated”.

“We are supplying one million bricks. Our challenge is transport which is very expensive but we can’t complain because we are earning a decent income to feed our families,” said brick moulding group leader, MalexMauya.

“Council is overwhelmed but if we are equipped with machinery and expertise we can help ourselves without calling for help. It’s cheaper to hire local people than to call private contractors.

Most people here are poor and that’s the reason why most water taps have gone for long without repairs,” said Tawanda Huvaya, a resident who is part of the plumbing project.

Practical Action Southern Africa Programmes Coordinator, Hopwell Zheke said residents were now managing their environment responsibly because every household has a bin and plastic bags for refuse. Practical Action started its operations in Mutare four years ago, bankrolled by European Union.

It seeks to improve the living conditions of poor residents in the urban and peri –urban areas residents through improving and sustaining basic municipal and infrastructural services.

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