Unesco Green Citizens

Shangwe village well project

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Project begin: 24/06/2021

« We are the custodians of our natural resources ». A citizens’ movement is responding to local challenges. In the village of Shangwe in Zimbabwe, drilling a well is an opportunity to engage the community.

Leading organisation: Panta Planta Tree International
The country where the team is based: South Africa
Covered Countries: Zimbabwe, South Africa
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development, Hydrology, Local and Indigenous Knowledge, Ocean
Tag: #Africa #Women #Youth
Selection: 2022
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A citizens’ movement, mobilized around actions for sustainable development, responded to the call of villagers in a rural area of Zimbabwe to help them drill a well. Indeed, the inhabitants of Shangwe have to travel long distances to fetch clean water for their domestic use. In addition, they have had to set up their gardens far away from their homes, along the streams and rivers due to lack of water.

A paradise restoration movement is a South African citizen’s initiative. It accompanies the project, launched after a survey and stakeholder meetings. These exchanges showed the urgency of drilling a permanent and easily accessible source of clean water for domestic and agricultural use. They also highlighted the need for environmental education to help villagers understand how to care of the well and also from destroying nearby forests that play an important role in the water cycle and water conservation.

A well to change mindset

This drilling is the starting point for the villagers to initiate self-sustaining social development projects. Part of the solution includes a follow-up project of planting more trees of diverse species with the people in the area, fruit trees and indigenous and exotic trees that they can later use for firewood. The community depends on tobacco, which requires chopping down of many trees for it to be cured properly in their drying barns.

The big challenge today is to raise funds and resources to complete drilling, installation and powering of the borehole.

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