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Zimbabwe. Water for Women.

Providing clean water and reducing women’s household workload.

Please help us to give 8,400 women and their families direct access to clean water.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

This project is about empowering women to engage in activities outside of the home and lift themselves out of poverty; making women's unpaid housework more valued; and encouraging men and boys to carry out some of the household chores. This project's activities are part of a larger programme, helping to bring about significant change in Zimbabwe. It aims to empower women and support communities in Gutu, Masvingo, Bubi and Zvishavane districts, by installing 11 water points and 12 laundry facilities.

With your support, we will aim to:

  • Reduce women's workloads by improving availability and access to safe water, and installing laundry facilities.
  • Ensure household work is more fairly shared by increasing the participation of men and boys.
  • Help women to have more time for activities outside of the household, by providing time and energy saving devices that will reduce the time spent on household chores.

Photo: Innocent Katsande/Oxfam

What your money can buy

could provide one person with equipment to reduce time and physical labour on household activities.

could provide one person with access to safe, clean water.

A bit of background

Oxfam has been in Zimbabwe since 1980. Only 48 per cent of the rural population has access to safe drinking water. Women are traditionally responsible for ensuring their household has adequate access to water, so many women walk long distances to find water, carrying heavy buckets on their heads. In addition, women carry out the majority of household chores, including cleaning and washing laundry, mostly using water from the nearest rivers. For many women, the nearest water source is over a mile away, which reduces the amount of time that women can invest in other activities of their choosing, this could be income-earning opportunities, taking part in community activities or spending time with their friends and family. Thus, the lack of an easily accessible water supply is limiting the contribution that women can make to their households and to their communities, as well as limiting their personal growth and feeling of self worth.

How we're helping

By the end of this project, we aim to ensure access to clean, safe water for 8,400 women and their families, by installing 11 solar powered water points with tap stands, and setting up a water committee for each water point (50 per cent women) who will learn to use and maintain the facilities. We also aim to install 12 community laundry points to reduce the time and physical labour involved in carrying out laundry.

We hope to empower women to engage in activities outside the house by training 650 men and women as care champions to better understand the importance of the unpaid care work women undertake, with the aim of showing that more equal roles for men and women in the household and in society will improve lives for all. We intend to distribute equipment for reducing time and physical labour involved in carrying out household activities for 600 households, including wheelbarrows, 20 litre buckets and jerry cans, and solar powered irons.

Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives.

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Prosper Ncube, 52, from Gwangwazila Village, walks seven kilometres to collect water for her family, which could take four hours. She goes to a river bed to get the water, but it is often completely dry. If it has water, there are many other people collecting water there too, so she would queue for hours. Many people also bring their animals to drink at the same place, so the water is unsafe to drink and she has to take it home and boil it. As well as providing labour saving devices for women, this project will construct or rehabilitate boreholes giving people clean safe water near their homes.

For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects - wherever the need is greatest.