We aim to facilitate sustainable community development through empowerment strategies such as capacity building, training, direct aid and the support to community based income generating and development projects.
We also aim to provide humanitarian assistance to mobile and vulnerable populations in the emergency phase.
Provision of sanitation facilities like household toilets hand washing units or bathrooms have been a great challenge for rural households as members of the community had no viable IGAs that would see them construct the sanitation facilities. In order to address this challenge ZCDA piloted a new programme on microfinance for sanitation in which households engage in Internal Savings and Lending (ISAL) methodology with the objective of raising income to construct sanitation facilities.
In order to respond to the devastating cholera epidemic of 2008/2009 in Zimbabwe, ZCDA installed Elephant Pumps (EPs) in Gutu ward 13, with Pump Aid being our technical partner, as well as rehabilitation of boreholes in five wards of Gutu East with the District Development Fund providing technical assistance. The PHHE programme in ward 13 created a high demand for safe drinking water putting a strain on the original elephant pumps and this prompted ZCDA to intervene with a borehole rehabilitation programme.
Zimbabwe has been experiencing effects of climate change and in order to circumvent these effects in terms of food security, ZCDA trained farmers in Gutu and Bhuhera in CF. CF has for a long time been considered a popular concept for resource-saving in agricultural cropping production systems. CF strives to achieve acceptable profits, high and sustained production levels while at the same time helping to conserve the environment. The benefits of CF is increased yields even if times of drought.
In Mupandawana, we rehabilitated 5 latrines in public places. We also installed a 5000 liter tank at the bus terminus to provide water to the toilets when ZINWA is unable to
The objective of the programme is to provide alternative income sources for the chronically ill, elderly and child headed households of Gutu and Kwekwe, who are labour constrained to engage in income generating activities or casual work.
In order to stimulate investment of cash transfer money into IGAs ZCDA trains communities in ISALs. The ultimate objective of the programme is enhance self reliance of MVPs through improving their food security, sending their children to school as well as helping building their asset base. Households in Harare, Kwekwe and Gutu were thus trained in ISALs and SPM.
Zimbabwe experienced a devastating cholera outbreak in 2008/2009 which resulted in over 4000 deaths. Gutu district was not spared by this pandemic. One of the causes of the disease was poor hygiene practices, including rampant open defecation. ZCDA intervened by training communities in PHHE.