The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has commissioned a 4.7 kilometre pipeline constructed at a cost of US$165 000 to improve access to water for over 986 households at Siachilaba village in Binga.

The Siachilaba pipeline project was carried out in conjunction with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) which provided the technical expertise while Red Cross provided the funding and material support.

The project which is the second of its kind in the district after the Saba water pipeline is being carried out under the “Building Resilient Communities Programme,” funded by the American Red Cross.

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society secretary general, Mr Maxwell Phiri said his organisation will continue to reach out to disadvantaged communities through the provision of critical components for health and welfare of the ordinary people.

“The water challenges were identified by the community as a priority through a vulnerability capacity assessment as we sought to build better communities. The project allowed the communities to champion their own resilience, by determining the solutions to the priority risks that face them and we continued to be responsive to the felt and expressed needs of the community,” he said.

Matabeleland North Minister of State, Ambassador Cain Mathema applauded the project saying it will improve the local health and hygiene practices in the Siachilaba community.

“Government will always be in full support of such noble humanitarian efforts and we want to encourage the local leadership and the community at large to work with important players like the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society in fostering sustainable development,” said Ambassador Mathema.

The villagers expressed gratitude to both Red Cross and ZINWA as they will now be able to commence horticultural activities.

Through the intervention, Red Cross has managed to rehabilitate 41 boreholes and train over 400 first aiders in the local community to equip them with skills that are critical in responding to emergencies.

Meanwhile, 45 bicycles were given to members of the emergency response team to improve mobility during emergencies.