Gwanda is a city in Zimbabwe. It is the capital of Matabeleland South Province, one of the country’s ten administrative provinces. It is also the district capital of Gwanda District, one of seven administrative districts in the province. Most residents of Gwanda are ethnically Ndebele. IsiNdebele and English are the most widely spoken languages.
In 2016, a quarter of the population in Ward 13 (“municipality 13”) of Gwanda district lived in food poverty. Food poverty is linked to difficulty in accessing water. In April 2022, our team assessed the non-functional wells in Mawani area, Ward 13 of Gwanda district. The entire area of Mawani has 12 wells; of the 12, only five are functional, one partially functional and overloaded and six completely defective.
In December 2022, of the six non-functional wells, four could be rehabilitated, one could be partially rehabilitated, by replacing a cylinder after which the well produces over 1,200 litres of water per hour. One well was not rehabilitated because of contaminated water that was not safe to drink.
Through the implementation of this project, 2,000 people gained access to safe water.