THE World Vision a Christian and child-focused humanitarian aid agency celebrates significant increase in the number of children and families accessing safe water in Zimbabwe
By Patricia Mashiri
Celebrating this year’s World Water Day running under the theme “Valuing Water, World Vision have made water available in sufficient quantities transforming communities and contributing to their health, education as well as economic benefits.
Morris Chidavaenzi, the World Vision Zimbabwe WASH Technical Advisor, said they were thankful to their local and international partners whom they worked with to accelerate the access of water and hygiene facilities.
We are grateful to our local and international partners. Together, we have accelerated access to water and hygiene enabling facilities. Together we have leveraged our resources and demonstrated sustainable impact whilst deepening and extending our reach to the most vulnerable children in Zimbabwe,” Chidavenzi said.
Dorothy Manjokoto, a water point committee member in the Chiramba village of Chimanimani thanks World Vision for bringing taps, solar powered water systems and water point closer to their homes. She laments on how women, herself included, used to burden their young children by asking them to help carry buckets of water for long distances from far away water points in order for the family to have enough water to carry out different household chores and activities.
“We literally leave the drip system watering our gardens while we focus on the children at home, the cattle dip is filled in minutes because the tap is right there and I can carry my own water for my household chores without bothering my young children because it is now so near!”
The region however, has seen a sharp increase in the frequency of floods that often destroy water points, sanitation facilities and contaminate water sources. This development has led to high incidences of water related health challenges especially among children and expectant mothers, who are the most vulnerable. Therefore it is vital for government and development partners to protect water infrastructures by adopting climate resilient approaches that ensure sustainability of water systems.
Between 2016 and 2020, World Vision Zimbabwe provided access to clean drinking water to over 900,000 people, drilling a total of 157 boreholes fitted with a hand pump in schools, communities and health facilities. It also established girl friendly latrines in schools for Menstrual Hygiene Management.
Additionally, the organisation repaired/rehabilitated a total of 1,967 non-functional water points. World Vision also supported the establishment of 151 mechanized solar powered water supply systems linked to several water collection points within the communities.
To encourage the full participation and access to education of the girl child, World Vision is also focused on the establishment of girl friendly latrines in schools for Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). Between 2017 and 2020, a total of 17,640 girl children from 168 schools have been reached through the construction of girl friendly latrines.