HOPE for a Child in Christ organisation (HOCIC) has embarked on a food-for-work programme aimed at empowering rural communities in various wards of Umguza district in Matabeleland North.
The communities rehabilitate dams and irrigation schemes.
HOCIC programmes director Sunga Mzeche told Southern Eye that the communities highlight the projects and his organisation facilitates the programmes and sponsorship with the help of the World Food Programme (WFP) which pays villagers on a monthly basis.
“We are working with the Agritex, irrigation, gardening and farm mechanisation institutions that help us to rehabilitate dams and install pipelines for irrigation schemes,” said Mzeche.
“We also work with WFP which supplies food aid to the communities. With these programmes, we want to empower the communities so that they produce food to sustain themselves.”
The communities have been facing food shortages due to poor harvests and a prolonged drought.
The dams currently under rehabilitation are Mandluntya and Fingo in Ward 3, Mabhada in Ward 4, Kahlu and Luthi in Ward 6 which are about to be completed.