By Tapiwa Machemedze
OVER 2 000 people in Muzarabani are benefitting from the clean water project spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society to complement government efforts in empowering rural communities.
The Government has commissioned Kabaira piped water scheme, a culmination of a partnership with the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZCRS) to alleviate water challenges in Kairezi, Muzarabani district.
“This piped water scheme is a relief to us as we used to dig the dry river bed to get water and it was tough. We would spend hours in search of water but our challenges are a thing of the past, the quality of life has since improved. We thank the Red Cross and our government,” said a beneficiary.
The Minister of Defence and Water Veterans’ Affairs, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who commissioned the water project and a classroom block at Chiwenga Primary School this Wednesday challenged communities to embrace government empowerment projects.
“The government is saying production, production, you must be seen farming, doing gardening and poultry projects, everywhere must be developed.
“The Government with partners like the Red Cross make infrastructure for you to develop, to do projects so you have to work and not sit back and relax. That is why you see 80 percent of products in shops are now made in Zimbabwe,” said the Minister.
ZCRS president, Edson Mlambo, whose organisation has been working in partnership with the Finnish Red Cross, said the initiative is part of their humanitarian assistance programme meant to transform lives for the better.
“Today marks another remarkable feat in the work of Zimbabwe Red Cross as we witness yet another milestone in the organisation’s humanitarian endeavours. In partnership with the Finnish Red Cross, we have been implementing community-based health-based and disaster management project which has helped change lives in the district,”
Four wards, Kairezi, Chiwenga, Dambakurima and Chadereka have benefitted from resilience-building initiatives that have also been extended to the construction of safe learning structures, toilets and keyhole gardens to enable all-year-round farming.