Shot in the arm for Mdengelele villagers

Four boreholes have been drilled in Nkayi Ward 26 to alleviate water crisis in the Ward that has seen villagers travelling very long distances to access the precious liquid. This development came after Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Team in Nkayi Ward 26 presented a position paper on access to water at a policy dialogue…

Action Teams share solutions for sustainability

Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Teams from Insiza District visited Shale Action Team in Umzingwane District while Bubi and Nkayi Districts Action Teams visited Mangwe District Action Teams, to share knowledge and experiences on the advocacy work they have been doing in their different areas. Peer exchange and learning visits in Mangwe Ward 1 and…

Capitalism and Water…a scary thought?

We all know that water is unevenly distributed throughout the world. With only 1% of the world’s freshwater (2.5%) being easily accessible and about 650 million people in the world “not… Source: Capitalism and Water…a scary thought?

SHALE COMMUNITY CLINIC NEARS COMPLETION

Shale Clinic, a health facility being built by Umzingwane Ward 8 community, is at an advanced stage of completion. The structure is now at roofing level and is expected to be complete by June 2016. The community, with the help of Habakkuk Trust’s Shale Community Advocacy Action Team has been pooling resources together to build…

Human Rights Day celebrations a success

Habakkuk Trust joined the rest of the world to celebrate human rights day on the 10th of December 2015, which were held under the theme: Our Rights, Our Freedoms – Always (this was also the theme for the UN 2015). The main celebrations, held at Whitewater Secondary School in Matobo Ward 17 on the 11th…

Communities urged to report human rights violations

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has urged community members to report human rights violations that happen in their communities. Speaking at a human rights day celebration at Whitewater Secondary School in Matobo District, Commissioner Japhet Ndabeni Ncube said the commission has not received any complaints from the Western region of the country. “ZHRC handles…

Youth speak out on participation in development

Youth participation in most community development programmes is usually very disappointing. We sought to find out why young people do not participate in economic decision making processes let alone community development initiatives. This is what they had to say: Nomathemba Ncube from Halale village in Matobo Ward 17: I don´t think that young people do…

Outcry over community benefit from natural resources

Matobo villagers living in an area endowed with tourist attractions are bitter that the famous Matobo National Park, balancing rocks, and caves that are internationally recognised and part of their heritage have not benefitted them in any way as they continue facing economic difficulties as well as lack of access to clean water. Rural communities…

Communities urged to empower people living with disabilities.

Rural communities have been urged to involve people living with disabilities in decision making and development processes. People living with disabilities constitute about 10 per cent of Zimbabwe’s population but in many rural areas t has been observed that they are viewed as charity cases and usually sidelined in decision making, development and economic processes….

Policy Dialogue an eye opener for Action Teams

The Nkayi Ward 26 Community Advocacy Action Team which has all along been lobbying for drilling of more boreholes in the Ward to increase access to clean water has decided to consider piped water as an option to solve their perennial water problems. This decision was made after policy implementers and experts at a Habakkuk…

Nkayi council impressed as villagers start paying household levies

Villagers in Nkayi´s Ward 22 have impressed the local authority after they started paying household development levies, in the process, collecting the highest amount compared to other Wards in the district. Lack of knowledge and growing apathy were some of the reasons cited as to why most people in this Ward and the entire district…

Create own sanitation by-laws- Nkayi community urged

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has encouraged communities in Nkayi to set standards and create their own by-laws that would solve sanitation related problems especially open defecation. This came after the Habakkuk Trust Action Team in Nkayi, Ward 26 conducted a research on sanitation which revealed that about 90 per cent of people…