Dabane Water Workshops, Zimbabwe

Contact: Mr Stephen Hussey (Director)
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Focus: Clean water and livelihoods

In Zimbabwe the progress of rural development can be slow, with communities consistently identifying water, food and income as their biggest challenges. Rainfall is often not sufficient for growing food crops and it is common for people to walk up to 3km each way to collect water and, even then, the quality of the water is often poor. 

“The problem people are facing is clean, safe domestic palatable water”, says Stephen Hussey, the Director of Dabane. “In some regions ground water is contaminated with mineral salts. It's saline. It can be so caustic you can't even use it for washing. It burns the skin.” 

Finding creative water solutions is therefore essential. That’s what the Dabane Trust has been doing for over 20 years. They work with rural communities to implement food and water programmes. They have been pioneering well points as well as simple but robust hand pumps in seasonal rivers. WDR is currently working with Dabane to survey water quality, the data from which can be used to educate communities and local authorities as to where and how water sources can be protected.


God of the rain, we pray that life-giving water would reach Zimbabwe.
Not too little to cause drought and hunger.
Not too much to wash away crops and cause hunger.
We pray for Stephen, Doug, Joyce and all staff at Dabane.
Thank you for their expertise and commitment to their rural brothers and sisters.
May recently destroyed pumps be repaired.
May they find the necessary funds to continue and extend their work.
May the people of Zimbabwe know your love.