Above: The children at Musha Wevana are organizing a community march to raise money for a water well.
When I visited Zim in 2009, there was no food or fuel in the country. Inflation was going absolutely crazy, and Zim dollars were becoming better napkins than currency. I had heard that things had gotten “better” this year since food was back in the country now and businesses were opening up again. But when we got to Zim this time, we realized that it wasn’t better after all…
Yes, there’s food in the country. But with a 90% unemployment rate, no can really afford to buy much. And almost every conversation seemed to make its way to talking about the water crisis. It’s like some sort of guessing game… You wake up each morning not knowing if the water will come out when you turn the faucet. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If yes, you scramble to water your garden, wash your clothes, take a shower, or use the toilet because you never know how long the water is going to stay on. Or you try to fill giant trash cans and buckets – as many as you can – to try and “stock up” on water just in case it’s your only water for the week.
During the 5 days we were in Zim, I only took one “real” shower with running water, and it was freezing cold at that. We (our team) talked about how it’s not a big deal to us that we don’t get to shower every day. And honestly, it wasn’t. Who cares if you go a few days without a decent shower?
Well, imagine going a whole month without any water at all. Some parts of Zim have gone as long as 30 days, waking up to find that water is unavailable. It’s incredibly heartbreaking, and just one of the many hardships that this country is going through. I know there’s a water crisis all around the world, but what really drives me crazy is that it didn’t used to be this way in Zim. This is pretty much a result of a crazy, corrupt politician who’s been in power for 30 years and doesn’t seem to really care for the people of Zim.
And the scary thing is, no one in Zim knows if things will ever get “better.” They live with the assumption that things will be like this for years and years to come.
H.E.L.P. is currently raising money to drill a water well at Musha Wevana with electric pumps and manual backups and a holding tank. We can’t wait for the day when those 100 precious kids won’t have to worry about having access to clean running water. They’ll have plenty of water to drink. They’ll be able to bathe and wash their clothes whenever they’d like. Their garden will continue to grow and provide vegetables for the kids to eat. They won’t have to fill bucket after bucket and store them around the house for times when running water is unavailable.
Help us make that day come soon! If you’d like to make a donation towards the water well in Zimbabwe, click on the donation button below. Thank you for your generosity and support!
Gertrude uses water she’s saved up to wash her school uniform.
The garden at Musha Wevana has been slowly dying due to lack of water.