The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints last month handed over 18 boreholes it drilled for the Mufakose community.
The boreholes were drilled at a cost of $110,000 in all wards of Mufakose. Ward 34 was the biggest benefactor as they also received financial support to build a basketball court and install a grinding mill to serve that community.
Another 24 are set to be drilled in Tafara’s ward 20 at a cost of $200,000 and another 12 in Warren Park’s ward 15 at a cost of $60,000. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Acting Mayor Councillor Charles Nyatsuro thanked the church for its support.
“Water is a critical resource. Water is dignity and without water residents are prone to various water borne diseases among them cholera and typhoid. This is the reason why we are happy as a City to have partnerships that help us provide basic services,” said Nyatsuro.
Ward 34 Councillor Alison Moffat said that the donation is most welcome as it comes at a time when the City is facing water problems due to the on-going refurbishment of the Morton Jaffray water treatment plant.
“Such donations are normally associated with rural areas but today urban areas, especially high density areas, are in great need of clean and safe water for domestic consumption,” said Moffat.
Lani and Grant Stevens, who facilitated the fundraising, and are also in the country to spearhead the project, said that their help was coming with no strings attached.
“We got the money from donations all over the world and we are very grateful to have facilitated the sinking of the boreholes,” said Grant.
The electrical and manual boreholes were installed at shopping centres, schools and community centres in the area and are expected to help in alleviating water problems in the suburb.
Most suburbs in Harare have had perennial water shortages, Mufakose and Mabvuku/Tafara are some of the suburbs hit by an acute shortage of water supplies. Mbuya Mangwenya (68) who now uses a wheelchair said that she hopes the boreholes will improve their water problems.
“I hope the boreholes will help because we were being made to pay $1 per month at the old boreholes and it was a burden to me,” said Mbuya Mangwenya who takes cares of four of her grandchildren who are orphans.
Another resident, identified as Peter (25), who stays near one of the new boreholes said that he was very grateful to the church as water was a big problem in their area.
“Water is a big problem in many of the City’s suburbs. Previous outbreaks of typhoid and cholera have shown that we are all connected, so I hope the church can get more resources to help other areas here in Harare so that we can all be safe,” said Peter.
Over the years council has struggled to provide safe water to residents for various reasons, among them an aged infrastructure. Last year council acquired a loan to refurbish its water treatment plants in order to improve water supplies to the City but the project will take some time to complete.
Photo: Lani & Grant Stevens commissioning the boreholes (Farai Dauramanzi)