BIKITA SOUTH – In a major development in Matsai Village, Bikita South, under Chief Mabika a family trust whose members are based in the United States has unveiled a borehole and water system that is supplying clean piped water to 60 households.
The borehole and the piped water system were unveiled at a function at Matsai Christian Church on Sunday. The function was graced by Bikita District Administrator, Innocent Matingwinya and Chioneso Maradza who was representing the District Schools Inspector. Over 300 people attended the function including school heads from Zaka, Bikita and parts of Chiredzi.
Although The Mirror could not establish the cost of the project, the water system has a 100 000 litre tank and 10 by 10 000 litre tanks dotted around the villages.
The borehole which is generator-driven pumps water into the 100 000 litre tank which in turn feeds into the small 10 000 litre tanks from which piped water gets into the different homes.
This is not the first developmental project that Mushayamunda Christian Development Trust (MCDT) has undertaken in Matsai as the organisation together with friends that they mobilised in the United States have built schools, given scholarships to hundreds of students and donated sewing machines, and food that include Mahewu to the community and schools in Bikita South, Zaka and part of Chiredzi North.
The borehole that was sunk at Matsai in Ward 2 which is 70km South East of Nyika Growth Point came after the realisation that people were travelling many kilometres to get domestic water. Matsai is one area that has become drought-prone and even this year a lot of crops have not done well.
The project brings a lot of relief to not only families but some schools under Chief Mabika.
In addition to the borehole MCDT will give widows and the elderly monthly assistance. On Sunday, the organisation gave all villagers a bag of rice per family.
The friends of MCDT were represented at the function by Pastor Bondrand Greg who is from the United States of America. Pastor Greg had nine other colleagues with him.
Derrick Mushayamunda who is the director of the Trust told The Mirror that the Trust has in other numerous projects assisted over 1 000 students with education funding from primary to university, it has built decent accommodation for the less privileged.
MCDT has been instrumental in development in the education sector having built classroom blocks at Magocha Primary, a basketball court at Chiremwaremwa School, donated telescopes, 7 000 exercise books, chalkboards, blackboards paint to 17 schools in Bikita South, Zaka and Chiredzi North.
MCDT also donated seven sewing machines to benefit the women of Bikita South in a move that Mushayamunda said was focussed on empowering women.
"I left the country for the United States of America years back from where I later assisted some members of my family to come over because back home life was not rosy. Realising that we could not afford taking 'everyone' to the States we sat down as a family to discuss how best we could assist others back home. We then founded the MCDT and approached our friends in the States some of whom are with us here led by Greg for assistance through donations.
"We (MCDT) brought these sewing machines so that women can benefit from sewing by forming clubs that produce and sell for larger markets.
"The last time we came (from the United States of America), we donated some sewing machines and these ones here will be given to those who did not benefit the last time and we are certainly going to look into those who benefitted last time and see if they are making good use of these donations," said Mushayamunda.
MCDT's assistance was well received by many in Bikita, Zaka and Chiredzi.
Matingwinya applauded the Mushayamunda family for their efforts which he said were coinciding with Government initiatives on economic development.
He said, "We are grateful with the Mushayamunda family's initiatives which coincides with Government's ZimAsset progrmme".
Maradza said, "We (Education administrators) are profoundly grateful for the gesture being shown by the Mushayamunda family in supporting our education system. Further to what old students associations do, MCDT is assisting all the under privileged and even the privileged too.
They are assisting whole communities and not just one school that they might have attended but many other communities and schools. This is commendable".
Bikita South, Ward 2 Councillor Benjamin Masakadze also said he was most appreciative of the family help in the area.
"Matsai (area) has been backward in terms of development but since this blessed family came into the picture we are now recognised out there. Children who have not been going to school are now receiving fees. We have plenty of graduates now in the Matsai area, something that we are proud of," said Masakadze.
Lovemore Gunguo, a current beneficiary of MCDT education scholarship and a Great Zimabwe University student said he was grateful to MCDT and he was determined to say thank you the Trust by supporting other disadvantaged people in the area when he gets a job.