GZA Awards Grant to Canterbury United Community Church/A Light for Zimbabwe

GZA recently awarded a Shareholder Grant to:

James Wieck (GZA Manchester, NH) for his work with the Canterbury United Community Church (CUCC)/A Light for ZimbabweThe CUCC is a church affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Church. The CUCC provides outreach support on local, national, and international levels. This application is to support a water supply development project for the village of Nyagadza, Zimbabwe to be implemented by a charitable organization named A Light for Zimbabwe. A Light for Zimbabwe is a 501c3 founded in 2007 to empower people in Chipinge District, in southeastern Zimbabwe.   A Light for Zimbabwe, working with the CUCC and other churches throughout New Hampshire have periodically shipped cargo containers of clothing, books, personal care materials, bicycles and sports equipment (soccer balls).

The efforts of A Light for Zimbabwe are focused on orphans by providing education from grade 1 through college. Additionally by the development of sustainable projects in small scale agriculture and skills training they hope to foster independence. Their target populations are orphans, those affected by HIV/AIDS, the economically impoverished, and those medically fragile.

The proposed use of the grant is to fund the development of a surface water supply for Jennya village in the Nyagadza 1 Resettlement Scheme, in the chipinge District, Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. The project location is in eastern Zimbabwe.

The water supply is intended to serve a population of approximately 500 people (50 households including approximately 250 children) and be used for agricultural purposes (10 hectares [approximately 25 acres] of arable land available for use by the village). The population to be served by the project lives in three clusters of dwellings near the agricultural fields. The supply of water for agricultural purposes is particularly needed due to recent variability in rainfall in the region, and is anticipated to improve:

  • Food security;
  • Ability to raise livestock;
  • Nutrition;
  • School attendance (particularly for girls) and as a result attainment; and
  • Income.

The proposed water supply would include an intake to be constructed on the river, and piping and a pump needed to supply water to agricultural fields at a point approximately 1 kilometer from the river. The distribution point at the agricultural field would also be used to distribute water to individuals for drinking water, bathing, and other uses. Future projects may extend the system to the village. The intake will include the construction of a small impoundment, needed due to frequent low flow conditions within the river. Rehabilitation of a former brick water reservoir is also proposed as part of the project to improve the stability of the water supply. The rehabilitation of the reservoir will be performed by the local villagers using local building materials.