dsc 1214Zimbabwe Red Cross Society launches $3 286 121 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project

By Takemore Mazuruse

A beneficiary of the ZRCS Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project pumps water from a rehabilitated borehole

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has launched a $3 286 121 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project (CHIWASH) in Chivi Masvingo. ZRCS is an impartial, neutral and independent voluntary humanitarian organisation which is there to complement government efforts in saving lives and alleviating human suffering wherever it maybe and however it is caused.  The 4 year project is part of the organisation’s nationwide humanitarian projects seeks to improve the health and quality of life of the vulnerable communities through increased access to safe and sustainable community managed water and sanitation hygiene promotion.


A total of 100 000 people in 400 communities in Chivi district will benefit from this programme. The programme which targets rural people in particularly vulnerable groups such as people living with HIV (PLHIV), orphans and vulnerable children, disadvantaged schools as well as single parent householders will be implemented in 16 wards of Chivi South district in Masvingo. The specific end beneficiaries of the project in the 400 communities will include 100 000 people accessing safe water, 18 000 community members and 8000 students getting improved sanitation and 100 000 benefiting from the resultant hygiene promotion. The project is being implemented in consultation with key stakeholders from government.

Through this project, 50 new boreholes will be drilled, 350 run down boreholes rehabilitated and 3400 latrines constructed. For effective management and sustainability of this programme, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society will also carry out some community trainings targeting 252 School masters, 180 hygiene promoters, 48 pump minders, 50 latrine builders and 400 water point committees. These trainings will see to the success of the programme at the same time fostering a sense of community ownership of this project. The trainings will also allow for increased hygiene and sanitation awareness and adaptation in the communities.

The project is being funded by the European Union (EU) together with the British and Finnish Red Cross with Zimbabwe Red Society being the implementing partner. The local Country Office of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), a coordinating body of the global Red Cross movement is the applicant for this water and sanitation project.

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society is currently implementing a national integrated humanitarian programme that provides a holistic approach to the diverse humanitarian needs of the vulnerable groups. The programme covers Disaster Management and Preparedness, Food Security and Livelihoods, Water and Sanitation, Health and Care, Restoration of Family Links, Organisational Development as well as First Aid and Nurse Aide Training. This integrated project is both emergency and developmental so that while addressing the current challenges, it also capacitates communities to develop community based solution to their everyday challenges.