WATER & WELLBEING
the local church in Africa
The Church of God in Zimbabwe is an agent of holistic transformation. Challenged by water crises, lack of access to health care, poor sanitation, and cyclical disasters, believers are bearing the hope of the Gospel in tangible and intangible ways. As cholera outbreaks frequently impact the most vulnerable, this project partners with local leaders to reduce the risk to waterborne illnesses by constructing 40 latrines and 5 boreholes.
The purchase and construction of 1 latrine costs $520.
The purchase and construction of 1 borehole costs $2,530.
Project # 42.30362
The location of each latrine and borehole is selected by local Church of God leadership. Prioritization is given to communities where there is (1) a Church of God present, (2) a significant population lacking access to clean water and sanitation, and (3) a high frequency of cholera outbreaks.
Latrine construction takes an average of five days and include a toilet, handwashing station, and restroom facility. The installation of a borehole requires only about three days of labor and includes the well, stand, water tank, and solar panels.
Local Church of God leadership partners with national health care workers to assist with the design and construction of proper latrines and boreholes. Local church communities join in these efforts by cooking meals for the project laborers.
Beyond reducing the risk to waterborne illnesses, boreholes bring life to communities in many ways. One unique opportunity the Church of God in Zimbabwe hopes to pursue is drawing on fresh water from the boreholes to support income-generating gardens.
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
“Every $1 invested in risk reduction and prevention can save up to $15 in post-disaster recovery.”
Will you join Global Strategy in walking alongside the Church of God in Zimbabwe?