More houses for Cyclone Idai survivors

By Tamuka Charakupa

THE provision of decent accommodation for Cyclone Idai survivors in Chipinge is progressing well, with more than one hundred households having benefitted from the government programme.

76-year old Mbuya Loveness Chaapano from Ndiadzo Village who stays with her six grandchildren was left with nothing when cyclone Idai struck in 2019.

It was like the end of the world with nowhere to go and no roof over their heads.

Fast forward to 2022, Mbuya Chaapano is a proud owner of a two-bed roomed house thanks to government’s partnership with Christian Aid. 

“When Cyclone Idai hit this area I had two houses that were destroyed so I had to share this kitchen with my six grandchildren. I am happy that government has chosen me to benefit from this scheme and now I know that when the rains come I will be safe with my family,” she said.

Other beneficiaries are grateful to government for delivering on its promise.

“Now I can sleep in peace once my house is complete because I was really affected and tormented by what I witnessed during the disaster. We thank government for allowing this programme to happen or else we would be nothing,” said a beneficiary.

Christian Aid’s Programmes Manager Grace Mugide said they will continue to complement government efforts in restoring normalcy in Cyclone Idai ravaged areas with more than US$400 000 having been invested in the programme.

“We have been revitalising water sources, constructing ablution facilities in schools and clinics and also constructing houses for survivors. Over US$400 000 was used. We will continue to complement government efforts so that everyone has a safe shelter and safe drinking water,” she said.

The Chipinge District Public Works Department is monitoring and inspecting the houses to ensure they meet the required standards.

“We are constructing these houses using farm bricks but we are closely monitoring and inspecting construction work in line with government standards for rural structures,” said Mr Sebastian Vhumbunu Chipinge District Head, Ministry of Public Works.

Tropical Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in 2019 with Chimanimani and Chipinge being the worst affected districts.