By David Mwanza
Several communities in both rural areas and small towns are a stone’s throw away from their desire to have clean water for household use, following China Aid Zimbabwe’s delivery of additional required material to complete Government initiative to drill 500 boreholes.
China Aid Zimbabwe is working in partnership with the District Development Fund (DDF) in rolling out the multi-million-dollar programme targeting three provinces namely, Midlands, Masvingo and Matabeleland South. This is part of efforts by ZANU PF to bring clean water to the people as enunciated in its 2018 electoral manifesto.
The Chinese government has indeed been a big brother to Zimbabwe dating back to the Zimbabwe's liberation struggle. The Look East Policy was also a time that China showed its humanity in assisting Zimbabwe through a trying time. During this Corona Virus Pandemic COVID19 period China has still stood by Zimbabwe by donating various medical supplies and expertise needed to alleviate the situation.
Announcing the milestone development China Aid Zimbabwe took to its official Twitter handle and wrote, “Just in, we received eight containers of materials from China to speed up the completion of the 500 boreholes in Zimbabwe. We are an extra mile ahead in extracting the precious need of life, water.”
The announcement was met with excitement from the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Guo Shaochun, who in his terse message, wrote, “Despite the epidemic, China Aid is on the move. Water is the source of life. Good job.”
Efforts by China Aid Zimbabwe complements other Government initiatives with partners such as UNICEF who in 2018, embarked on a similar programme to increase access to water by drilling new boreholes and rehabilitating defunct pipe water schemes mainly in rural areas.
Additionally, UNICEF through its urban Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme also saw a two-fold increase in water production across 14 small towns alongside rehabilitation of sewer systems as well.