Vil­lagers in $50k dam pro­ject

The Manica Post - - Local News - Love­more Kadzura Rusape Cor­re­spon­dent

VIL­LAGERS in Ward 12, Head­lands con­stituency have teamed up to con­struct a weir, 32 years af­ter their lo­cal au­thor­ity promised to es­tab­lish the reser­voir for them.

The weir, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted at a cost of $50 000 will pro­vide wa­ter for do­mes­tic and com­mer­cial pur­poses to over 3 000 peo­ple un­der Chief Tandi.

Con­struc­tion work started last month with vil­lagers from Chik­wava Vil­lage com­mit­ting to com­plete the pro­ject early next year should ev­ery­thing go to plan.

Men and women of dif­fer­ent ages are pro­vid­ing labour and all lo­cally avail­able such as con­crete stones and river sand.

Fam­ily Vi­sions Trust di­rec­tor, Mr Obert Gonzo said the vil­lagers were not look­ing back de­spite the nu­mer­ous chal­lenges they were en­coun­ter­ing in the process. His or­ga­ni­za­tion, which has been very in­stru­men­tal in sourc­ing some ma­te­ri­als re­quired in the con­struc­tion of the dam, is based in the vil­lage.

The dam will en­able vil­lagers to prac­tise com­mer­cial agri­cul­ture all year round and ul­ti­mately change their eco­nomic and so­cial for­tunes for the bet­ter.

“Con­struc­tion of the dam was first mooted by the Gov­ern­ment in 1986 and sev­eral of­fi­cials vis­ited the site promis­ing to con­struct it but noth­ing has ma­te­ri­alised. It is now 32 years and we are still wait­ing for the dam so we have de­cided to go it alone as a vil­lage.

“Al­though the task ahead of us is huge, we have made sig­nif­i­cant strides es­pe­cially in mo­bil­is­ing labour and all the lo­cally avail­able ma­te­ri­als. We have plans to es­tab­lish an ir­ri­ga­tion scheme in the vil­lage, which will take the cost of the en­tire pro­ject to about $80 000. We are how­ever not wor­ried about the costs as our fo­cus is on the benefits that will come with the weir’s com­ple­tion to our vil­lage,” said Mr Gonzo.

He added that they had also se­cured some fund­ing from de­vel­op­men­tal agen­cies or the pur­chase of build­ing ma­te­ri­als and hir­ing of con­struc­tion equip­ment, which the vil­lagers could not af­ford.

“Ev­ery­one is on board as the pro­ject has been fully em­braced by the com­mu­nity. We are go­ing to set up sev­eral nu­tri­tional gar­dens and all year round farm­ing in the ward. Vil­lagers are go­ing to mi­grate from sub­sis­tence to com­mer­cial farm­ing once the dam is com­pleted, said Mr Gonzo.

A vil­lager Mrs Ris­pah Nedz­i­hwe said the con­struc­tion of the dam was a dream-come true af­ter years of wait­ing.

She added that the en­tire vil­lage had adopted a cul­ture of less re­liance on hand­outs, which pro­motes lazi­ness.

“We are happy that the peo­ple of this area have fi­nally came to­gether to con­struct this dam. We also the ap­pre­ci­ate as­sis­tance we are get­ting from some donor agen­cies. We will be the big­gest ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the dam once com­pleted,” she said.

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