325 homesteads in Bulawayo have benefitted from the Umfelandawonye project which was set up in partnership with the Bulawayo City Council (BCC), Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation, Dialogue on Shelter and the National University of Science and Technology.

The BCC commissioned toilets in Mabutweni and Iminyela suburbs under the self help project Umfelandawonye.

The project had targeted 375 homesteads but the council managed to commission only 279 with some homes currently in the process of being connected to both the sewer and water system.

Representing the BCC during the commissioning of the toilets, Councillor Lillian Mlilo said the project was initiated to eliminate sanitation challenges experienced by city residents.

One of the beneficiaries of the initiative Winnie Mpofana said she is grateful for the project as it has eliminated the need to share ablution facilities with three other families.

The BCC and other partners met 80 percent of the cost of the project whilst 20 percent was paid for by the residents.

They city urged residents to join the second phase of the project in order to improve water and sanitation facilities.