Covid 19 in Rural Zimbabwe
Covid 19 took the whole world by surprise, and set all economies on their knees. Millions of Jobs have been lost worldwide. In cities, it seems that the people were hard hit as everything they require has to be paid for, from water, energy, accommodation, food and every service required. Without a job, without a salary, survival is impossible. For many in urban Africa, the only option would be to join the rural folks, where lives require no daily expenditure. However, is rural life under the pandemic an easy ride? Not at all. Although at the onset of the virus, Chomuzangari had no coronavirus cases but with movements of people from the city to the rural areas it’s likely to start spreading. The women in Chomuzangari are geared to make their communities safe. With the financial support from the Welsh government which is managed by WCVA they managed to do the following:
CWC Covid 19 Preparedness and Response
Containment and Mitigation of the virus
It is always to the advantage of every community that learns about a virus from afar. This gives communities ample time to prepare themselves well before the onset of the first case. With the donation from the Welsh government which is managed by WCVA, Chomuzangari women were provided with face masks so that whoever had the virus would not spread it and also whoever did not have the virus would not get it. In rural setting, people visit and check on each other physically. A knew teaching had to be introduced so that if anyone had symptoms no one outside the household should go near. For this reason a WhatsApp group for the community was set up in order to communicate with neighbours, sending each other alerts of any form, from reporting the arrival of a visitor from the city to sharing information about symptoms that a member may have.
Chomuzangari community, like any other rural community, relies mostly from the help that relatives working in the city provides . Covid 19, with its lockdown measures posed a great threat to food supply as this meant that the usual movements from the city to the villages were cut off. Funding from WCVA helped Chomuzangari Women’s Cooperative to partner with Manzanga Millers and supplied the entire community with food enough to last them, at least, until the government of Zimbabwe had mobilised relief for its own people. Our heartfelt thanks goes to the Welsh Government for all the help they provided for us in this time of great need.
Food distribution was done according to the size of each family. Some received 50kg while others received 20kg of the staple food, that is white maize mealie meal.
The CWC Project Coordinator took his time to educate the women as to why a second borehole was needed. The was in response to the challenges posed by Covid 19 based on WHO guidelines. First and foremost, the guidelines from WHO are for everyone to wash hands with soap at all times. The women in Chomuzangari saw the need for a borehole to be drilled so as to supply as many people as possible with enough water for hand washing as a means for infection prevention. Again the donation from the Welsh government which is managed by WCVA covered this vital work.
We remain indebted to the Welsh government’s WCVA for their generous sponsorship of a second borehole. CWC are already growing more vegetables and more variety. This flouring garden will be supplying the villagers with courgettes
This is a tomato field. As you can see they are well watered. Tomatoes are doing very well for Chomuzangari women and are proud to show the world what they are doing. Much appreciation to the WCVA. Below is a photo of the evergreen vegetable garden because of the water supply.