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action team revives health project campaign
May 06, 2013
trained in advocacy, human rights and development; the Mzingwane
Rural District Council Ward 8 Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy
Action Team has embarked on a campaign to revive a community health
clinic project that was abandoned due to political bickering and
The action team
made this resolve at an action team meeting that was meant to identify
and prioritize community advocacy initiatives. ‘This clinic
project is an initiative that is more than 20 years old now. We
have long since abandoned it though the site was pegged and the
plan is there at the Council offices... now that we are all agreed
that political differences have not benefited us anything as we
still travel more than 25 kilometres to the nearest health institution,
I hope and pray to see it happening,’ narrated Action Team
Convenor Mr. Gelot Moyo.
The local Village
Head and Action Team Treasurer Mr. Timoth Dube also explained that,
‘The community has not developed over the last 20 years due
to failure to finish the clinic project. Qualified teachers shun
the area for lack of access to health and women suffer even more….’
The Action Team
resolved to follow up on the plan at the council offices, mobilize
every household to participate by contributing bricks, quarry stones
for foundation, pit sand and river sand. They also agreed to encourage
community members to make periodic small financial contributions
towards the project. Furthermore, the action team has identified
various business people operating in the community as well as children
in the Diaspora to be requested to assist the new endeavor.
Trust taught us about mobilization and resource mapping and tracking,
we are now going to use that knowledge and skill in mobilizing resources
for our clinic. We are also looking at requesting our local schools
and churches to make contributions to this cause. We may however,
need additional assistance especially on cement and roofing materials,’
added Action Team Organizing Secretary Mrs Thokozile Sangweni.
staff members took time to visit the site of the proposed clinic
which still needs clearing. Mzingwane Ward 8 Action Team joins other
teams like Zhukwe, Datata, Dambashoko, Bethel (in Gwanda) and Ezimnyama
and Valukhalo (in Mangwe), who after their training used local resources
to complete essential services infrastructure in their communities.
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