Provision of Sustainable Access to Water and Sanitation in Rural Marange Area

Drilling of quality, durable, and long lasting manual boreholes, for drinking, gardening, and livestock drinking. UN to provide Water treatm

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  • English

Organization name

Zimbabwe Political Victims Association (ZIPOVA)

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 5,000 - 10,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • South Africa

Headquarters location: City

114 Rissik Street, Methodist House Johannesburg 2001 South Africa

Location(s) of impact

Marange Rural Area, Mutare, Zimbabwe


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Water is Life. This initiative will address the problem of lack of access to clean water, promote small scale garden farming and availability of drinking water for inhabitants, livestock, school projects, households and schools building purposes. The initiative will also try to reduce the scourge of waterborne diseases such as Amoebiasis, Bilharzia, Cholera, Diarrhea etc. The idea is to make clean water available in an area constantly hit by drought

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

The drilling of manual boreholes will alleviate the shortages of clean water in the rural areas, availability of drinking water for livestock during drought times, reducing the high prevalence of waterborne diseases constantly affecting communities due to lack of clean drinking water. The borehole water will also be used for molding bricks by communities to build classroom blocks, build teachers’ houses, build churches, and community houses. A trough will also be built at the end of the borehole outlet water pipe for the purposes of securing water for livestock, building and gardening. Small scale farming is usually the source of livelihood in rural areas. Small scale garden farming assists in keeping elderly rural people active, busy and health.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

The project is a new initiative seeking financial support to kick start. Shortages of clean drinking water are a recurring phenomenon in the Marange Rural Area due to perennial drought conditions. Livestock deaths are high due to lack of drinking water, dry streams and rivers. School children spend valuable time walking long distances in order to get water for school projects

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1. Individual donations or gifts 3% 2. Grants 80% 3. Corporate contributions 10% 4. Earned income 5% 5. Other 2%

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

This initiative is unique from identical projects by other organisations in that the quality of the water is taken into account. It is also not biased towards human life only but takes into cognisance the wellbeing of livestock, wild animals and educational facilities.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Every time when I visit the rural areas on Marange in Winter, Spring and the early Summer in witness women and children in long ques walking several kilometers carrying buckets of water, in the mornings and evenings. Pitifully, these children will be preparing to go to school and being expected to perform well in classes and extra curriculum activities. During the afternoon, in the scotching sun, at the same sources of water you see flocks, herds of animals fighting for scarce drinking water. It’s survival for the fittest, some in a hard hitting drought perish, thus impoverishing struggling rural areas inhabitants

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I wish you all the courage in fighting for such a great cause. Bravo and Best wishes!!

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