Speaking at the launch of the Chivi Water, Sanitation and Health (CHIWASH) programme, project coordinator Abel Gumbo said the four-year programme would see the drilling and rehabilitation of boreholes, as well as the construction of pit latrines to benefit mostly vulnerable groups.
He said the project was being implemented in response to a baseline survey which revealed that several parts of semi-arid Chivi had poor access to clean drinking water and lacked proper sanitation facilities.
“This is an integrated programme that looks at the diverse humanitarian needs of the vulnerable groups,” said Gumbo.
Zimbabwe Red Cross Society acting secretary general, Lucky Goteka, said 16 wards in the district would benefit from the project.
“Vulnerable groups including people living with HIV, orphans, vulnerable children, disadvantaged schools as well as single parents will benefit from this project,” he said.
Goteka said access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation would boost health standards in the area.
Two Toyota Hilux trucks and four motorbikes were also handed over for use by volunteers for the project.