One clinic, two schools and three villages

Water supply for one clinic, two schools and three villages in Mashonaland

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people to benefit 2000+
Location: Mashonaland, Hurungwe District

One clinic, two schools and three villages

Nyamakate Clinic and Nyamakate Secondary School

The clinic does not have access to sufficient and safe (drinking) water. The same applies to the adjacent secondary school. The headmaster is Mr. Albert Gwayagwaya and is the contact person. Sister Mubaiwa is the manager (sister in charge) of the clinic and Sister Francie Pawarikanda the deputy manager. Water has been a major challenge for Nyamakate secondary school since its inception. The same applies to the clinic. The forced resettlement of people (inter alia in connection with the construction of the Kariba dam) did not look at the presence of water or infrastructure facilities.

The school gets water from a “well” (hole dug in the ground), which was dug about 5 years ago. This “well” is approximately 500 meters from the school. TThe students travel a distance of up to 15 kilometers to come to the school. The headmaster indicates that water is needed for the students to drink, to wash their hands before eating and after going to the toilet. The headmaster also wants to see the school garden and the fishpond come alive again.

Sister Mubaiwa and Sister Pawarikanda emphasize obstetrics and the “mothers waiting lodge”, where pregnant women spend the last days before giving birth. The functioning of obstetrics and the entire clinic is under greater pressure due to the lack of water.

Chipfuko Secondary School

This secondary school is just over 10 km from the main road. The school has no electricity and no water. The students get water in the morning at the water pump of the primary school, which is one kilometer away. The school has 200 students. The headmaster is Mr. Tonderayi Edgar Murimbika. The deputy headmaster is Mr. Mudodo.

The villages

  • Village 21 (households: 100, population: 600)
    The villagers extract surface water from the dry Chipfuko riverbed at a distance of 1000 meters (dig a hole).
  • Village 27A (households: 70, population: 420)
    The villagers extract surface water from the dry Ruckomeshi riverbed at 2,000 meters (dig a hole).
  • Village 31 (households: 90, population: 540)
    The villagers extract surface water from the dry Chipfuko riverbed 500 meters away (dig a hole).


Improved health care (especially obstetrics) in the clinic. Enough and safe drinking water for the students of two secondary schools. Improved living conditions for the inhabitants of a few villages through a good and safe water supply. Water is a basic need and, according to the United Nations, a basic human right.

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