Mambondiani Village is located in Dora, in the Eastern Region of Zimbabwe. It has a population of 250 people. Mambondiani also serves as a Farming God’s Way training center. Approximately 100 additional people are hosted here throughout the year, to receive FGW training.
Drought has gone on here for 3 years. The current water situation is extremely bad. The farmers have a problem even to have a drink of water. This is a poor village and there is no drilled borehole. The people fetch water from shallow hand dug wells. It is a drought and right now the dry season. As the water level goes down, the people will begin to dig down deeper into the sandy shallow wells 1-3 km from the village.
Others use this water, too. The women and kids are sent to collect water, and they spend a long time fetching water. The children struggle to make it to the school, which is 5 km away. There is one private borehole a few km away, and people come from surrounding areas and some from this village if they want clean water. The owner of this private borehole allows people to come and take the water, but only for a limited window of time per day, so there is always a line, and sometime pandemonium. Some villagers go there, but most fetch the closer water. The common water-related diseases they suffer are bilharzia (schistosomiasis), diarrhea, and worms.
This well project is the first that we (Heaven’s Family) are doing with our ministry partner, Oni Joshua Lawrence. We have been working with Oni since 2015, with our sister ministry Farming God’s Way in Zimbabwe. We do not do projects unless we have formed an ongoing partnership with a good track record of accountability with any ministry partner who is involved in any Safe Water Ministry project.
Our ministry partners do Farming God’s Way training here, a food growing ministry that includes biblically based discipleship training. The training has been introduced here. The farmers use the farming techniques. Disciple-making is happening, too. There is fruit. People now work together, they help each other. The FGW discipleship groups are called ‘God’s Love Groups’.
Providing a deep well would bring huge relief to the people who have been suffering with no water. They need clean water in general, but this is also an emergency situation. The last time it rained this year was the beginning of April, it hasn’t rained since and now it’s dry season. The people would have water for drinking, cooking, bathing. They would have better health. The kids would be able to spend less time fetching water and could focus on school. The FGW training site would have water available to those who come to train and water available for irrigation of the FGW training plots. The local farmers would also have water available for irrigation for their nutritional gardens *as long as there was enough water to serve human drinking first. What an amazing blessing it would be for the community to show them how precious they are and how God loves them bringing clean water and relief from years of drought!
All projects are made possible by World Changers.