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ZRBF Sizimele Project Builds Houses For Cyclone Victims

ZRBF Sizimele Project Builds Houses For Cyclone Victims

The ZRBF Sizimele project has handed a total of 13 houses to victims of Cyclone Ana in Matobo, six in Insiza and another six houses in Lupane district a fortnight ago.

The project is being implemented by a group of seven non-governmental organisations whose interventions are aimed at helping rural communities withstand disasters.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Matobo district development coordinator Obey Chaputsira said the project had brought smiles to the faces of many cyclone victims. Chaputsira said:

We are grateful for the intervention to address disasters that have been experienced in this district.

We appeal for funding to help the affected build toilets as we could not do so due to resource constraints.

The other challenge is that villagers are suffering from drought and we hope that the drought relief, which President Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke of recently will address that.

Matobo ward nine councillor Ottoe Dube expressed gratitude over the development and also appealed to well-wishers to chip in and help this woman with food now that she has a home.ÔÇŁ

Team leader for the ZRBF Sizimele Diego Matsvangi said their programmes were aimed at uplifting the worst affected communities during times of natural disasters. Mtsvangi said:

We also have other key pathways that we have been following, including increasing productivity, diversification and also systems change for resilience.

So this has been the backbone of our project, foundation of all activities that we undertook over the last five years, culminating in us also responding to different shocks and disasters like cyclones that we have been seeing in all the years.

Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Richard Moyo while officiating at the handover of ZRBF houses in Ndimimbili Ward 7 in Lupane said the projects feed into the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, National Strategic Plan and Vision 2030.

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