ZIMBABWE

Gutu’s Mufukus – helping community access clean water

Like so many communities in Zimbabwe, the people’s need for  safe water has been ignored for decades as Zimbabwe’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Boreholes are seldom maintained or rehabilitated.  People have to resort, like the elephants to digging for water below the sands. But this is not safe for human conspumption, as it is …

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Plumtree blossoms with hand washing stations

Hndwashing facility outside the prison in Plumtree, Matebeleland Handwashing Station at District Administrators Office, Plumtree, Matebeland. When the COVID-19  virus reached Zimbabwe in March 2020, UNICEF responded by supporting a number of emergency initiatives including  the funding of Africa AHEAD to lead the Preparedness and Response Project  with  a local NGO based in Matebeleland called …

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Building resilience in Gutu District after Cyclone Idai

Gutu District in Masvingo province, Zimbabwe was  one of the 9 districts which were heavily hit by the Tropical Cyclone Idai in March 2019, resulting in most water and sanitation infrastructure being damaged. An estimated population of 270 000 in total, including 129 600 were affected by flooding and other damages caused by Cyclone. The …

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Africa AHEAD Consortium seeking suppport for Covid 19 radio programmes in Africa

Although so far Africa has been the continent least affected by Covid-19, the World Health Organization has expressed concern that the spread of the virus will accelerate, predicting that up to 44 million people in Africa could be infected in 2020-2021 if containment measures fail, and up to 190,000 could die of COVID-19.  As a group …

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COVID 19 Preparedness and Response

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, Africa AHEAD is being  supported in Zimbabwe by UNICEF for implementing a programme entitled  ‘Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures against the novel Corona virus’, in partnership with Moriti oa Sechaba. Activities are currently being implemented to improve awareness of safe hygiene and sanitation practices, with a focus …

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Africa AHEAD’s support for victims of Cyclone Idai

Reported in the Standard Daily Newpaper, Zimbabwe 22nd December, 2019 Social commentary:with Fidelity Mhlanga Thirty-four-year-old Catherine Makwecheredze could not contain her joy. She was a reciepient of a new house, courtsey of Africa AHEAD, a non-governmental organisation that has come to the rescue of victims of Cyclone Idai, who were rendered homeless by the vicious …

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More Disaster for Zimbabwe as Cyclone makes Thousands Homeless

The Cyclone IDAI induced storm that caused heavy winds, flooding and landslides has caused devastating effects on the mostly Chimanimani district and other surrounding areas of Manicaland province.  Reports have it that a total of 98 deaths have occurred and at least 217 people are reportedly missing, 42 people are still marooned in other area …

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Africa AHEAD provides handwashing facilities to prevent spread of cholera

By Regis Matimati ( Country Director, Zimbabwe) Between October and November 2018, Africa AHEAD partnered ACF and lend a helping hand to the City of Harare in the fight against cholera in Harare. UNICEF chipped in by providing soap for Africa AHEAD to promote handwashing at the public WASH facilities in the Harare CBD. The …

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Juliet meets Juliet – an insight into the sustainability of good hygiene

The Founders Juliet and Anthony Waterkeyn went on their annual tour of the programme in Zimbabwe to see how the team were doing in Makoni District where the SKAT funded project was revamping CHCs and installing Rope & Washer pumps for a self supply water project.  However whilst the  technology was disappointing the CHC methodology …

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The sustainability of the Rope & Washer Pump

Field Trip to Makoni District by CEO 6th December 2018 SKAT is supporting the introduction of locally fabricated Rope & Washer pumps in Makoni District and Africa AHEAD has been working with the communities to install around 60 of these new pumps, replacing the conventional upgraded family well which for the past 30 years has …

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European Union

1st Partnership Type of Partner: Funding  (with Big Lottery co-funding) Implementing Partner: Mercy Corps Link to more information  Dates of partnership: 2009 – 2011 Country: Zimbabwe District: Chipinge, Buhera, Chiredzi Type of Project: Food Security Objective of Project: To sustainably improve agricultural production and income for vulnerable households Number of Beneficiaries: 64,020 beneficiaries 2nd Partnership Type …

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Action Contra la Faim

Type of partner: Implementing Funding  Partner: EC Link to more information  Dates of partnership: Feb 2012 – January 2014 Country: Zimbabwe Districts: Gutu & Mberengwa Phase 1:  Name of Project: Type of Project: Health Promotion Objective of Project: Complete coverage in Community Health Clubs Number of Beneficiaries: 457 CHCs, in 429 villages 82,410 beneficiaries Cost of …

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Phase II of CHC / Self-Supply funded by SKAT Foundation.

SKAT Foundation  based in Switzerland acts as the Secretariat of the global Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) which  has an interest in researching and promoting various low-cost rural water supply technologies that are grouped under the term  ‘Self-Supply’.  Africa AHEAD has been implementing ‘self supply’ as a matter of course for many years as families …

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Evaluation of the efficacy of CHCs to stimulate self supply of upgraded family wells

In 2016, Africa AHEAD in Zimbabwe completed some formative research initiated by Unicef ESARO (East and Southern African Regional Office) working with Skat Foundation, a leading research organisation based in Switzerland. This study evaluated the sustainability of Upgraded Family Wells (UFWs) which had been constructed over 20 years ago in Makoni and Buhera District, to …

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