Villagers get water boost

In its quest to support vulnerable communities, the Zimbabwe Rural Development Trust has embarked on a borehole rehabilitation programme here.

Residents of Village 19 have been walking more than seven kilometers in search of clean water for drinking while some irrigation projects in the area had collapsed.

Speaking last week at the launch of Mutare South Ward 19 Borehole Rehabilitation Programme ZRDT Director Moses Bvuma said the organisation had rehabilitated more than 100 boreholes in Mutare Rural District Council and drilled 20 new boreholes in various wards in the district.

“Water is a key priority in a society. As an organisation we have set a target to sink at least one borehole per village in order to ensure safe and clean water is accessible to the villagers,” he said. Some villagers were using unprotected sources of water, putting residents at risk of contracting water borne diseases.

“Even though some traditional leaders are trying to politicize development projects by Non Governmental Organisations, we are now living a better life considering that we will be having clean and safe water near us.

“I do not see the reason why these people should be chased away from us. We want to thank these people for remembering us during these times of need,” said Yari Muchana, an elder in Ward 19.

Mutare district is in Region V – considered as an arid belt on Zimbabwe’s agriculture and climate map.

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