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Zimbabwe Clean Water Project -Sigola Village

 

 

ROTARIAN MAGAZINE JUNE 2014

 

WORLD ROUNDUP

 

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.