This has been a valuable benefit to the communities as safe potable drinking water can be considered as the very essence of life itself because each borehole impacts more than 250 people. The Kariba REDD+ Project has embarked on a very comprehensive re-habilitation program where a total of an incredible 188 boreholes have been worked on and re-habilitated and maintained between February 2014 and June 2016, this includes 11 clinic boreholes and 24 school boreholes.
This is to say that this is not all new resuscitations, but it should be understood that this is the number of repairs done and some of these boreholes have been repaired more than once, however each repair has been recorded as an individual repair. This activity has had the most profound impact to the lives of the communities in these areas when considering that many of these boreholes had not been functioning for more than 10 years and saved many family members the very challenging task of walking many kilometers to fetch water from long distances. The total number of people estimated to have been positively impacted by this activity is 85,000 people. Maintenance is ongoing with continuous break downs and repairs required. This is largely due to the overall number of people that use any single borehole which is most often beyond what the equipment can handle for any long period of time.
The breakdown of boreholes per district is summarized below:
- Binga – 3 boreholes.
- Hurungwe – 37 Boreholes.
- Mbire – 134 Boreholes.
- Nyaminyami – 14 Boreholes.
Out of this listed, a total of 34 boreholes which, are included would fall under maintenance and have been repaired more than once.
Please see Map 1 & Map 2 below for boreholes location.
Map 1. Location of boreholes in the Eastern part of the project
Map 2. Location of boreholes in the Western part of the project