Mudzi gets water, sanitation boost

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FARM Community Trust of Zimbabwe (FCTZ) has partnered Unicef to repair 467 water hand pumps in Mashonaland East Province’s Mudzi District.

FCTZ water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) manager Barnabas Muhoma told the Daily News the project, being funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), seeks to improve access to safe water as well as to boost sanitation and hygiene in Mudzi.

“This has also resulted in 229 250 members of the community now having access to safe water. We also established a solar-powered piped water scheme which is benefiting 2 880 men, women and children,” Muhoma said.

He added that the project, which is part of Unicef’s WASH programme taking place in over 100 countries, also included the construction of thousands of Blair toilets.

“The construction of 2100 self-sponsored Blair ventilated improved pit latrines (BVIP), resulting in 40 villages in the district attaining open defecation free status,” said the FCTZ WASH manager
According to Muhoma, as a result of intervention in Mudzi, thousands of villagers now have access to improved sanitation facilities, resulting in a marked reduction of cases of diarrhea in the area. The repaired boreholes have also reduced the burden of women who usually fetched water from an average of two kilometres to just 500 metres.

Mudzi District chief executive Victor Nyamutswa expressed gratitude to FCTZ and its partners for the timely intervention.

“As Mudzi District … the Rural WASH project extension has given us the momentum to push forward with WASH issues that are critical to the health and wellness of Mudzi people,” Nyamutswa said.

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