Over 60 percent of the human body is made up of water, and that being said, this precious resource is of paramount importance to the wellbeing of communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world to its core and as regulated and recommended by the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in Zimbabwe, practising hygiene and social distancing must be observed in order to curb the spread of the novel virus.
Water is key, particularly in the practice of hygiene as it is used, together with detergents, to wash and disinfect.
But for the residents of Chitungwiza Ward 16 Unit J, regular access to clean and safe water has been a huge challenge.
The people from this community had to walk long distances and queue for more that 4 hours just to get water, which posed a huge challenge to their day-to-day lives. Some, out of desperation, ended up settling for water from unclean sources like shallow wells and drainage tanks; something that was a huge threat to their health, even from water borne diseases as it was becoming difficult for them to practise hygiene and also social distancing.
Women and young girls were also in danger of falling prey to sexual abuse and attacks as they would fetch water during the night.
Moved by the Love of God, Emmanuel and Ruth Emmanuel-Makandiwa saw the plight of the people this community and decided to stretch out a helping hand.
Through Agape Family Care’s WASH Program, they facilitated for the drilling of two boreholes in two separate locations in this community.
The official hand-over ceremony was attended by the Minister of Health and Child Welfare; Honorable Dr Obadiah Moyo on the 15th of May 2020.
Rightly named; “Life Well” this intervention was greatly received by the residents of Ward 16, Unit J in Chitungwiza because their struggle for clean water had been lessened and they could now easily have access to the precious resource.
For over 500 households in this community, worrying about clean water is now a thing of the past.