Govt pushes for self reliance at Tongogara Refugee Camp

By Tamuka Charakupa

REFUGEES at Tongogara Refugee Camp are benefitting from a fisheries project being implemented by the government and development partners in a development meant to promote self reliance in the camp.

The government is spearheading various income generating projects for refugees at Tongogara Refugee Camp and surrounding host communities in a move aimed at promote self-reliance in the camp.

Among the booming projects in the camp is a community fisheries initiative which many are confident is a lucrative businesss with huge market potential.

“As the youths we see this project as a business venture with a potential to generate good returns due to the demand. We hope to use the skills we have acquired to transform and engance our livelihoods.”

Speaking to ZBC News during a recent visit to the camp, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Zimbabwe country representative Abdoulayi Barry said the global outfit is mobilising funds to expand the fisheries project and other potential income generating initiatives.

“As UNHRC we are very grateful to government to allow the persons pf concern to work for themselves through availing funding and opportunities. We have a budget to expand this project and any other if need be,” he said.

Meanwhile, government has facilitated the installation of solar powered boreholes and also invested over $1.4 million towards irrigation support.

By the end of the day at least 36 families are walking home with a profit and this is the drive being promoted by the government to promote self reliance in the camp.

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