SOLAR POWERED WATER PUMP
It gladdens my heart to report about the successful intervention done by HelpAge Zimbabwe with the support of the Australian Aid at Mazowe River Bridge Old People’s Home (MRBC) in Rushinga, Zimbabwe through the installation of Solar- powered water Pump. The intervention came at a moment when it was needed the most as a response to a number of challenges that were facing the people at the home as well as the surrounding communities. From interactions with the elderly at the home, it was indicated that the water problem was their chief problem for it came with many problems like hygiene where the elderly complained about going for a day or two without bathing in such a hot climate due to water problems since they have to walk to the river which is a distant from the home, hygiene in the kitchen and toilets was also being compromised due to lack of water, meal timetables were also being unnecessarily altered and relish problems also ensued due to lack of a nutritional gardens. Electricity outages in the area are a common thing and so a solar pump was most ideal. The intervention is worth applauding for it salvaged the people at the home together with the surrounding communities in a manner that address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG no,, 6 : clean water and sanitation and partial address to SDG no,, 2: zero Hunger). It is therefore the essence and primary aim of this write up to explicitly report on the implementation of this project.
Having received funding from the Australian Aid, HAZ immediately placed the project in motion with the implementation visit being on the 03/03/2018 – 08/03/2018 by Mr Lubah C. on behalf of HelpAge and the project team from Solar Shack being led by Mr Chabveka L. On the first day of the visit, mapping and surveying were done and from the following day to the end of the project, all the works commenced, starting with the laying of the proposed trench path, clearing the surrounding areas and marking the actual pathway and the proposed site for fencing where the solar panels would be mounted near the old tank. The new site for the new steel stand and 5000l litre green tank that would feed the old 10 000 litre tank was also marked. After marking key stationing points for solar tanks and the piping pathways, the digging of the trenches measuring 900mm depth by 50 mm wide for pipes started. The trenching started at a very slow pace due to such problems as manpower challenges that stemmed from the failure to reach a consensus on the charges for trenching, the area to be trenched was rocky and had many trees which needed clearing hence the outcry for the need for an increment to the normal trenching charges. Finally three young men agreed to compromise and took the contract, aided with five others under their supervision. The following photos are to act as a testimony to this and as well to substantiate this report.