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Before the intervention, Mapfumo village residents would walk more than four kilometers to collect unsafe water from a stream. During periods of low rainfall, the stream ran dry. The community borehole was down for 4 years, and the community members could not afford to fix it. Their lives changed when the hand pump-equipped borehole was rehabilited.
Thanks to the rehabilitation of the borehole, Ncube says his children are no longer missing school because of diarrhea, and he says his wife no longer walks long distances to find water. “I now collect 80 litres a day for my family and l use a wheelbarrow to transport the water as the distance is now short. My wife and children no longer worry about safe water in the household.”
With an improved supply of safe drinking water, Ncube’s wife has more time to concentrate on caring for their children. “My wife can now do laundry for the kids whenever she wants. She can also water her fruit and vegetable garden and ensure a balanced diet for our children.”
"We experience very little rain and to have a source of water that never runs dry like the stream, is just a miracle."
The children can now attend and concentrate better at school in clean uniforms without worrying about looking for water.
Ncube is now excited about the future for the village and his family. “It has been a blessing to have this borehole in Mapfumo village as this area has been so dry for so many years.”
Action contre la Faim’s 12-month project in Mwenezi and Chiredzi uses an integrated approach with activities including borehole drilling and rehabilitation, setting up community and low input gardens, provision of small livestock and capacity building.