Zimbabwe Clean Water Project -Sigola Village
ROTARIAN MAGAZINE JUNE 2014
A native of Zimbabwe, Rev. Blessed Sikhosana in the Rotary Club of Syracuse Sunrise, NY., USA, helped her club bring clean water to her homeland at the Sigola village in Bulawayo Zimbabwe.
The Syracuse Sunrise club partnered with the Rotary Club of Belmont, Zimbabwe to drill four (4) borehole wells in the One fifth of Zimbabwe’s population doesn’t have access to improved drinking water sources. (emphasis mine) Sigola area of the Bulawayo Province, now 3500 residents who once walked miles to fetch water and frequently contracted waterborne diseases, have a source of clean water in their remote village.
Seen on the left are some of the Sigola Village residents watching a demonstration ofn how to use the water wells. The demonstration was performed by our contracted driller, Mr. Francis Takavarasha. The villagers were so happy to have clean water for the first ever.
Over 16.4 million Zimbabweans still lack access to safe water. This has a huge impact on health and infant mortality.
Due to lack of access to water and sanitation, diarrhea is second to pneumonia in deaths in children under five years of age (excluding neonatal). Water, sanitation, and hygiene-related illnesses and conditions are the number one cause of hospitalization in children under age five. Access to water and sanitation also contribute to time savings for women, more hours in school for girls, and fewer health costs.
Water carrying in developing countries is mainly performed by women or young girls by carrying containers on their heads (container weight 5 galons) over adistance of 10-15 miles. According to WHO, the prevalence of spinal (neck or back) pain is 69% and back pain is 38%.
Typical water carrying methods impose physical loading with potential to produce musculoskeletal disorders and related disability.
Sometimes women have to walk 10-15 miles a day to fetch water and firewood so they can feed their families.
Special Thank You To
The Following District 7150 Clubs
For Their Special Donations Towards The Water Project
Rotary Club of Belmont, Zimbabwe
Rotary Club of Edmeston, District 7170
Rotary Club of Eastwood
Greater Utica Rotary Club
Greater Utica Sunrise Rotary Club
Hamilton Rotary Club
Marcellus NY Rotary Club
Oneida Rotary Club
Oswego Rotary Club
Skaneateles Rotary Club
Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club
Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Club
Tully Rotary Club
Rotary Club of Utica
PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO
IT ILLUSTRATES THE SHORTAGE OF WATER IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES LIKE ZIMBABWE
HOPE YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO OUR CAUSE.
Young girls get raped on their way to fetch water from the river. Old and selfish men even care a bit that these young girls' parents died from HIV and now they ae looking after their own little siblings.
As you can see she is carrying her little brother on her back. These men feel entitled to having sex with a little girl.
That's why Syracuse Sunrise stepped in and donated 4 water wells to the Sigola village so young firls dont have to walk many miles in isolated areas and then get raped.