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Hwange District, Zimbabwe
Partner: Ntengwe for Community Development
Total Investment: $54,000 since 2015
Program Areas: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Community Health


...we are one strong community accepting responsibility and ownership of this project as a collective...I am happy that women are the majority, showing that our women can equally contribute to the development of the community”.
~ Lawrence Sibanda, Village Head, Kuguta Kurima Garden Chairperson

Without access to a water source, villages in the Tshange Ward face perpetual food insecurity and have few economic development opportunities. The climate in Lubangwe village is characterized by extremes, with frequent floods and droughts that make crop production challenging. In the rainy season, the nearby Lubangwe River flows for a few weeks and remains dry for the rest of the year

Despite these conditions, the river has deep levels of sediment that retain large volumes of water through the dry season. Seasonally, community members dig into the sediment to draw out water and build brushwood fences to create collection pools. Yet when the river flows again, the brushwood and fine silt wash away, clogging the water source and preventing abstraction in future years.

With support from Vibrant Village Foundation, Ntengwe is constructing a durable sand abstraction system that will provide a permanent solution to the communities’ water needs. Central to the success and sustainability of this program is the formation of a water management committee. This committee is trained on water source maintenance and repair and is responsible for overseeing the project. The community will also receive education on health and hygiene, especially as it relates to water sources. 

Once the sand abstraction system is finalized, farmers will have sufficient, nearby water to grow food for their families throughout the year.

Achievements and Activities:
  • Hold participatory meetings with 50+ diverse community members and stakeholders to establish roles and expectations for the development of the water source. 
  • Construct sand abstraction water source
  • Train 7 water management committee members in maintenance and management practices.
  • Train 20 community members in Participatory Health and Hygiene Education, so they can become community leaders and trainers in health topics. 
  • 50 farmers will have direct access to a reliable and sustainable water source for organic farming
  • 250 family members and 3400 other community members from around Lubangwe village have access to clean water.