Dabane Water Workshops, Zimbabwe

Contact: Mr Stephen Hussey (Director)
Website: www.dabane.co.zw
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.

PRAY

Faithful God,
We give you thanks for Stephen Hussey, Doug Nleya and Joyce Dube and the team based in Bulawayo.
Grant wisdom and further learning for the team as they confront environmental, social and political obstacles.
We pray for the local women that they may recognize their own worth and have their minds opened to new ways to improve their lives. Lord God we pray that all may have the long-term commitment that is needed to bring change. God continue to work in the lives of the rural communities so that they may rise above adversity to have healthier, happier and more secure lives.
Amen.