Prevail International, ZINWA partnership brings relief to rural areas

A partnership to bring water to rural communities between Prevail International and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa), has left Mashonaland Central oozing with hope.

The public-private partnership has so far resulted in hundreds of families accessing clean water from solar-powered boreholes, and kick-starting community gardens that will boost nutrition and household incomes.

This Saturday, President Mnangagwa, while addressing thousands of people in Centenary, revealed that so far 46 boreholes had been set up, and will transform livelihoods.

On the ground, Prevail International has been chasing a target of 60 boreholes to benefit over 4800 households in an unprecedented drive to ensure water security.

“Our drive is to support the vision of President Mnangagwa to bring water to the people and leave no one and no place behind,” Prevail International Chairman Paul Tungwarara exclusively told Review & Mail.

The solar powered boreholes pump an impressive 2800 litres per hour, ensuring that community’s thirst is quenched, and also that villagers can farm produce for household food security and the market.

Each borehole powers a 1-ha garden, benefiting about 80 households. The gardens are equiped with state of the art irrigation equipment also provided by the company

 

Since April, the transformative effect of the initiative has been felt here.

“We have managed to create employment for locals through these gardens, and  they also supply the local market, ensuring they earn,” Tungwarara said.

The water scarcity  that bedevilled these parts is becoming a thing of the past.

Tungwarara explained that some villagers previously used carts to get clean water from far away areas, but now source the resource within only a few hundreds metres.

This has led to massive buy-in from villagers who have welcomed the initiative.

“Villagers are happy and as you can see they even volunteer their labour and time to assist in whatever they can, including providing security to our sites,” he said

“There is community ownership.”

Villagers who spoke to this publication expressed gratitude at the development, pointing out to access to clean water, nutrition and earnings.

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